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Support for Kigali Grows Across Diverse Sectors of Business Community

Let America Lead
Feb 21, 2019 · 2 min read

With its ability to secure America’s leadership position and give U.S. companies a competitive advantage in air conditioning and refrigeration technologies, support for the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is already strong among the business community. A new letter demonstrates how support continues to gain momentum among American businesses representing the broad and diverse industries that use hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) in their products and operations.

In a February 14 letter sent to President Trump, a long list of U.S. companies have become the newest members of the business community to publicly urge the president to support the Kigali Amendment. The letter is signed by more than 20 American-based companies including, Gap, Inc., General Mills, Microsoft Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Unilever, along with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), which represents more than 200 retailers in its mission to promote consumer choice and economic freedom. It points to the significant technological, jobs, and export benefits the Kigali Amendment will bring in a consumer-friendly way. “We see significant advantages to an orderly phase-down of HFCs and their replacement with next-generation chemicals — replacement products that have been developed by American companies and whose production will benefit the U.S. economy,” the letter states.

With the Kigali Amendment’s clear and positive impact on American companies, their workers and the communities where they operate, it is no surprise that these companies have joined leading HVAC&R companies, and national organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council who were early leaders in supporting the Kigali Amendment. This positive impact includes the creation of 33,000 direct jobs in addition to 117,000 indirect jobs, for a total of 150,000 additional by 2027 according to a recent economic impact study.

“U.S. companies have already invested billions of dollars in research to develop and produce these new technologies, and ratification of the Kigali Amendment will help ensure that American firms and workers will supply the world with these important products,” the U.S.Chamber of Commerce wrote of its support. With President Trump’s support and leadership, the Kigali Amendment will help ensure that American companies remain the global leaders in cooling with American-made technology in homes and businesses across the globe.

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