CCAC: Phasing Down Climate Potent HFCs / HFCs Initiative


Name of initiative CCAC: Phasing Down Climate Potent HFCs / HFCs Initiative
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2012
End year
Secretariat Denise San Valentin, CCAC Secretariat,
Organisational structure HFC Initiative is spearheaded by lead partners, Canada and United States, with almost 60 partners participating and contributing made up of civil society and private sector representatives
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description Under the HFC Initiative, national governments, non-state entities and private sector companies aim to mobilize efforts of all the non-state actors and governments to reduce the projected growth in use and emission of HFCs through various activities.
Objectives The HFC Initiative's overall objective is to significantly reduce the projected growth in the use and emissions of high-GWP HFCs in coming decades. More specifically, it aims to mobilize efforts of the private sector, civil society, international organizations, and governments
Activities HFC Inventories: HFCs have a wide range of uses, including in foams, refrigeration, and aerosols, and manufacturers tend to use well-known existing technology solutions that currently are not as climate-friendly as they could be. This activity provides insights on sector-by-sector use patterns and opportunities to avoid HFC growth in countries. In order to increase understanding of the use and potential growth of HFCs, the initiative has produced 14 HFC consumption inventories in developing countries. These surveys are critical to help countries identify national HFC consumption and sectors most exposed in order to healp prioitize where they can best start implementing the Kigali Amendment.

Technology Demonstration Projects These demonstration projects, approved by the Coalition's Working Group in April 2014, will demonstrate and promote the deployment of low-global warming potential (GWP), climate-friendly alternatives in key sectors, including commercial refrigeration and motor vehicle air conditioning, wherein high-GWP hudrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are already widely used and expected to grow substantially over the next few decades. The demonstrations being carried out are intended to show the technical feasibility and commercial viability of low-GWP, energy efficient technologies, which could then lead to the broader uptake/replication of the technologies concerned across the sector or geographic area.

Capacity Building: This workstream aims to build capacity amongst industry stakeholders and policy-makers on HFC alternative technologies, policies and standards, addressing specific sectors where HFCs are used. When these activities started in 2012, the CCAC was currently the only forum where these types of efforts on HFCs were taking place in a coordinated and strategic manner. Since 2012, the CCAC has organized a total of 6 major international conferences on alternative technologies. In addition, the CCAC has also produced various case studies, information materials and tools, and organized several thematic events and workshops.

One or two success stories achieved On October 15, 2016, the world reached an agreement to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It is one of the most significant actions governments have ever taken to protect the climate. HFCs are highly potent greenhouse gases that have a global warming potential 1000’s of times that of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Kigali Amendment represents a historic step in combatting climate change. Since 2012, Coalition partners which includes the private sector, have worked to support the HFC Amendment under the Montreal Protocol by promoting HFC alternative technologies through case studies and international conferences, supporting the development of HFC inventories and studies, conducting demonstration projects to validate climate-friendly alternatives and technologies, and building political support. Moreover, both state and non-state partners have invested huge efforts beyond the initiative projects to support the negotiations process. For example, the industry partners of the CCAC have co-financed technology and policy conferences on HFC alternatives since 2012, and have stressed over and over their support and readiness to phasedown high-GWP HFCs.

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Political dialogue, Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Policy planning and recommendations, Advocacy, Knowledge production and innovation, Goal setting (ex-ante)
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Total Mitigation
Value (MtCO2e/yr)3800
Goals The HFC Initiative's overall objective is to significantly reduce the projected growth in the use and emissions of high-GWP HFCs in coming decades
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved Goals are achieved through a set of activities that are implemented by partners and monitored by the CCAC Secretariat/UN Environment. Reporting is done on an annual basis.
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals The initial goal was to adopt an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phasedown HFCs. This goal has been achieved in 2016.
Progress towards the goals Since 2012, the initiative aimed to support the adoption of an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs. The initiative supported this through the implementation of HFC inventories, technology demonstration projects, and capacity building and awareness activities such as the organization of major international conferences on alternative technologies, case studies and information materials and tools. In 2016, the Kigali Amendment was passed and the CCAC has been encouraging early ratification and phasedown of HFCs.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative Through annual progress reporting to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Available reporting CCAC Annual Reports


Participants Number Names
Members 59  
Companies 4 The Coca Cola Company (USA),Chemours (USA),Honeywell (USA),Ingersoll Rand (Ireland).
Business organisations 2 The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (USA),  Australian Refrigeration Association (Australia)
Research and educational organisations 2 European Partnership for Energy and the Environment - EPEE (Belgium),  Centro Studi Galileo (Italy).
Non-governmental organisations 15 ClimateWorks (USA),  Environmental Defense Fund (USA),  Environmental Investigation Agency - EIA (United Kingdom),  Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS),  Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development - IGSD (USA),  International Climate Change Partnership - ICCP (USA),  International Council on Clean Transportation - ICCT (USA),  Natural Resources Defense Council (USA),  Terre Policy Centre (India),  ASHRAE (USA),  Australian Refrigeration Association (Australia),  North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council - NASRC (USA),  Refrigerants Australia (Australia),  Refrigerants Naturally! (Germany),  Shecco (Belgium).
National states 32 Canada,  United States of America,  Australia,  Bangladesh,  Central African Republic,  Chile,  Colombia,  Cote d'Ivoire,  Denmark,  Dominican Republic,  European Commission,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Ghana,  Ireland,  Israel,  Italy,  Japan,  Jordan,  Kenya,  Liberia,  Maldives,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Nigeria,  Norway,  Peru,  Poland,  Sweden,  United Kingdom.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 3 UNDP (USA),  UN Environment (Kenya),  UNIDO (Austria).
Financial Institutions 1 Worldbank (USA).
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 28 October 2019 13:46:35

Not only have national states as participators