Countries fail to reach a consensus on whether hydrofluorocarbons should be placed under the Kyoto Protocol or the Montreal Protocol
THE UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn witnessed a hot debate on whether hydrofluorocarbons ( HFCs) should be treated as short-lived climate pollutants under the Kyoto Protocol or be phased out under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. But a consensus on it is yet to be reached. Experts believe that the success of the Montreal Protocol has tilted the scale in its favour. Susheel Kumar, the leader of the Indian delegation, said at the meet, "We are pushing for solutions that are not proven (alternatives for HFCs)." Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, in an op-ed in a US newspaper in September recognised the Montreal Protocol as the right forum for HFCs.