India rejects US proposal on phasing out refrigerant coolants

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 00:18 IST

India has rejected the US offer to provide clean technologies for low carbon growth only if the Modi government agreed to phase out existing refrigerant coolants called Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which cause global warming.

The US wanted India to agree to the proposal before PM Narendra Modi’s US visit but India refused the deal.

The last fortnight or so had witnessed hectic parleys between Indian and US officials to break the deadlock but India remained firm on its stand. A senior government functionary told HT the two issues cannot be linked.

“If the US wants India to adopt renewables at a faster rate it should provide technical knowhow on clean technologies without any riders. It cannot ask us to phase out the HFCs as a condition to get clean technologies. We have made our position clear, the US has to take a final call,” he added.

India believes that HFCs should be discussed under the climate convention that provides for mandatory emission cuts only for rich nations and not developing countries.

The US wants India to discuss future of refrigerant coolants under the Montreal Protocol for ozone depleting substances that mandates financial incentives to developing countries to phase out environmentally harmful chemicals.

Before leaving for US, environment minister Prakash Javadekar had clearly said, “I will like to reiterate that the HFCs should be discussed in climate negotiations as it causes global warming and does not lead to depletion of ozone.”

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