June 22, 2022
To the Members of the United States Senate:
The undersigned organizations urge you to support ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol and encourage Senate leaders to bring the treaty to the floor for a vote before the August recess. The Montreal Protocol and its amendments have a long history of garnering the bipartisan support necessary for ratification.
We appreciate the Senate’s leadership in developing the bipartisan compromise for the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020. This law implements the Kigali amendment in the United States, phasing down hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over the next 15 years. Ratification would be a win for the economy and the environment.
Our organizations have made this issue among our top priorities for the following key reasons:
· Joining the global community to implement Kigali will level the playing field with current parties to the treaty, including China and India.
· The world’s leading manufacturers of HFC substitute technologies are in the United States. The world’s fastest growing markets for HFC substitute technologies are overseas.
· 50% of the 33,000 increased jobs estimated for the U.S. technology and manufacturing, and air-conditioning, refrigeration, and heating sectors depend on ratification of the treaty.
· Kigali ratification would help avoid an up to .5 degrees C potential global temperature increase.
We urge you to ratify the Kigali Amendment without delay to protect American workers, grow the economy, and improve our trade balance all while encouraging further innovation to strengthen America's technology leadership.
We stand ready to assist you and your staff in the effort to ratify the Kigali amendment.
Alliance for Automotive Innovation
Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy
American Chemistry Council
Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
National Association of Manufacturers
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association
Semiconductor Industry Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce