An environmental pressure group claimed that Chinese factories are illegally using ozone-depleting CFCs, which have recently seen a spike in emissions that has baffled scientists. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group said 18 factories in 10 Chinese provinces they looked into admitted to using banned chlorofluorocarbons.

In a year that has seen concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide pass the 400ppm mark and the world’s scientific community issue its starkest warning yet that human activities will result in far-reaching disruption of the climate system, the need to swiftly rein in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions has never been more acute.

A report to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are man-made fluorinated gases (F-gases) developed and commercialised to replace CFCs, HCFCs and other chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.

A report to the 24th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, celebrating past achievements and looking ahead to future challenges.

An EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) report to the 32nd meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The latest of EIA’s annual reports focusing on the use of climate-damaging refrigerants in major supermarket chains and progress to move away from harmful HFCs to climate-friendly alternatives. Environmental Investigation Agency’s (EIA) fourth Chilling Facts report looking into the climate impact of supermarket refrigeration.

This briefing illustrates how HFC-23 projects under the CDM are working directly against the objectives of the UNFCCC and the Montreal Protocol, which is working to phase out HCFCs. HFC-23 emissions are clearly best addressed through direct measures outside the CDM.

The Montreal Protocol is at a crossroads in its efforts to restore Earth

The second Chilling Facts survey has revealed some big improvements on last year. This year

Halogenated gases currently contribute 12% to overall radiative forcing. While actions under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) are already addressing CFCs and HCFCs, atmospheric concentrations of some HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) are rising rapidly, by more than 23% each year.