Mar. 2, 2017
The Marshall Islands
- a low-lying nation among the world’s most vulnerable to sea level rises caused by climate change - on Tuesday became the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in parliament.
The Kigali Amendment paves the way for the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to be cut by more than 85% by 2050. This will avoid up to 80 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 2050 and will help achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global temperature increases within 1.5°C.
Speaking after the Nitijela (parliament) had approved the Kigali Amendment, President Hilda Heine said: “My country will not survive without urgent action to cut emissions by every country and every sector of our economies, including HFCs. Our rapid ratification of the Kigali Amendment is yet another demonstration of our commitment to the Paris Agreement.”