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Today, the US Senate, with strong bipartisan support, provided advice and consent for the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The United States will soon join 137 other countries that have already ratified the Kigali Amendment.

The Kigali Amendment calls for a gradual reduction in the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”), which are potent greenhouse gases. Its global implementation should prevent up to half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

The US business and environmental communities strongly support US ratification of the Kigali Amendment, which will help ensure that US industry remains a world leader in developing, manufacturing, producing and the deployment of HFC alternatives. Industry estimates indicate that US ratification will support 33,000 new US manufacturing jobs and generate $12.5 billion in new investment in the US economy over the next decade .

Ratification of the Kigali Amendment will be an asset to innovative US companies that have developed alternatives to HFCs and help them export US technology to foreign markets.

The Montreal Protocol, which also regulates the production and consumption of substances that deplete the ozone layer, is one of the most successful international environmental agreements. It is expected to restore the stratospheric ozone layer by 2065, preventing 443 million cases of skin cancer, an estimated 2.3 million skin cancer deaths, and more than 63 million cases of cataracts in the United States alone, with benefits even higher around the world. For additional information, visit the Department of State website on the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment here.

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