CFC phase out


  • Randy Showstack


The latest meeting of governmental parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer took measures to further restrict chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochloro-fluorocarbons (HCFCs) developed as a replacement for CFCs but also harmful to the stratospheric ozone layer, and other ozone-depleting chemicals.

At the meeting, held in Beijing, China in early December, the parties agreed to provide $440 million in new contributions to the Protocol's Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MFMP), which encourages reducing the production and use of ozone-depleting chemicals and supports adopting ozonefriendly technologies. The fund has spent more than $1 billion since 1991.