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The Kigali Amendment will create American jobs, boost our economy, and help American companies capture global market share.


The Kigali Amendment is part of a global treaty called the Montreal Protocol, a Reagan-era environmental policy. The Kigali Amendment seeks to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and phase in the next generation of fluorocarbon technologies, to be used in products like refrigerants, insulation, water heaters, air conditioning, aerosols, and health and safety-regulated products. More than thirty countries have already ratified the amendment, but the United States has not. By ratifying the amendment, the U.S. would give an enormous global advantage to American companies that have already invested in these next-gen technologies. U.S. ratification means more American jobs, more exports, and a significant portion of the $1 trillion global market demand for fluorinated products.

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The Kigali Amendment will create 33,000 American jobs by 2027, and will generate $3.0 billion in additional labor income.


The Kigali Amendment will increase American HVACR equipment exports by $5 billion and net fluorocarbon exports by $1 billion.


Five U.S. presidents from both parties have supported the Montreal Protocol and its subsequent amendments.


The Kigali Amendment will result in an HFC phase down of about 40% by 2024 and double-digit growth of HFOs over the next five years. 



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Kigali Amendment in the news


US expects $12.5bn Kigali trade boost

It is estimated that Kigali ratification would also add $5bn per year to the value of US exports and reduce imports to the tune of $6.5bn per year by 2027. Adding in the impact of fluorocarbon manufacture, the US trade balance would improve by more than $12.5bn per year.

Kigali ratification is also expected to add an additional 33,000 jobs by 2027. Adding in the indirect and induced effects of ratification, the report estimates the number of additional jobs would rise to 150,000.

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A climate policy even Trump can support?

Last week, 34 executives from the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industries wrote a letter to Mr. Trump urging him to submit the treaty for ratification. […] Ratifying the treaty, they said, would increase American exports by $5 billion and lead to 33,000 new manufacturing jobs. If the United States doesn’t ratify the treaty, they wrote, countries like China will have an advantage in selling cleaner technologies to the rest of the world. “We believe the Kigali Amendment represents a chance to put America first,” the executives wrote.

This argument is gaining favor among conservatives.

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US industry urges Trump to back Kigali

Thirty-two leading US air conditioning and refrigeration companies have signed a letter to president Trump urging him to ratify the Kigali Amendment. The letter urges president Trump to act: “On behalf of the 589,000 Americans currently employed in our industries, we urge you to send the Kigali Amendment to the United States Senate for ratification. It is our goal to protect and create American jobs, a goal that we know you share. We look forward to working together to achieve this goal.”

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HVAC&R firms urge Trump to refer Kigali Amendment to Senate

In a letter on May 18 to President Donald Trump – and copied to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – 32 top executives of HVAC&R companies urged that he submit the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to the U.S. Senate for ratification. The Kigali Amendment, which calls for a global phase-down of HFCs, has so far been ratified by 35 of 197 signatory nations, and will go into effect for ratified nations on January 1, 2019. The companies represented in the letter include Hillphoenix, Danfoss North America, Emerson, Johnson Controls, Lennox International and Structural Concepts.

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U.S. Conservative Groups Back Kigali

A coalition of US conservative groups have added their voices to calls for president Donald Trump to ensure the US backs the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants. In a joint letter to the US president, the Americans for Tax Reform, the American Council for Capital Formation and FreedomWorks maintains that US failure to ratify the agreement will restrict US manufacturers “in their ability to sell into foreign markets at the cost of jobs and wealth.”

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GOP senators push trump to submit pollution treaty amendment for senate approval

A group of Republicans senators is pushing President Trump to let them approve a treaty amendment meant to cut emissions of certain greenhouse gases. […] The 13 GOP senators, led by John Kennedy (La.) and Susan Collins (Maine), said the amendment would help domestic companies by leveling the playing field worldwide and giving them long-term certainty on what chemicals to use going forward.

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