Latin America

El Salvador Ratifies Kigali Amendment, Bringing Ratifications to 125

The Republic of El Salvador has accepted the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, becoming the 124th country, plus the European Union (EU), to ratify the global agreement to reduce HFC emissions.

The Central American nation’s ratification came into effect on September 13, 2021, according to the United Nations website. El Salvador joins other countries in the region like Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama to ratify the amendment since 2016.

As part of the Article 5 (developing countries) Group 1, El Salvador 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 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.

For an in-depth look at the Kigali Amendment, click here.

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