25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
(September 14, 2012)
The Montreal Protocol, signed on September 16, 1987, marks its 25th anniversary. Often considered one of the most effective environmental treaties, it has made it possible to eliminate 98% of the substances that deplete the ozone layer at the global level. With 197 States parties, it constitutes a global instrument for environmental governance.
France was one of the first signatories to the Protocol. France is the 5th largest contributor to the fund created at that time – with contributions of €7.5 million per year for the period 2012-2014 – which helps developing countries to eliminate the production and consumption of substances that deplete the ozone layer. As such, we will actively participate in the next meeting of the parties scheduled to take place from November 12 to 16, 2012, in Geneva, the goal of which will be to better regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are greenhouse gases with high global warming potential.
In addition to these multilateral negotiations, France is also a member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), initiated in 2012, which aims to encourage a real reduction in short-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, including HFCs.
The 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer(as agreed in 1987) on the UNEP website