The Republic of Serbia has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, becoming the 126th country, plus the European Union (EU), to ratify the global agreement to reduce HFC emissions.
The Balkan nation’s ratification went into effect on October 8, according to the United Nations website. Serbia follows neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina, which ratified earlier this year on May 26. Slovenia and Croatia ratified in 2018, Montenegro in 2019 and North Macedonia in 2020, leaving Kosovo as the only of the former Yugoslavian republics yet to ratify.
As part of the Article 5 (developing) countries Group 1, Serbia is required to freeze HFC production and use in 2024, with an 80% reduction by 2045.
Fully implemented, the Kigali Amendment would avoid up to a 0.4°C (0.7°F) increase in the global temperature by the end of the century, according to UN estimates.
The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol was enacted by 197 countries (plus the EU) in October 2016. It entered into force on January 1, 2019. Its goal is to achieve at least an 80% reduction in HFC consumption by 2047.
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