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Report says Climate-damaging gases being smuggled to Europe

In 2016, under the Kigali Agreement, Europe and other industrialized countries set quotas for HFCs-producing firms to reduce their use of HFCs by 85% from 2012 to 2036.

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Report says Climate-damaging gases being smuggled to Europe
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SINGAPORE, April 8: According to a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), huge quantities of greenhouse gases have been smuggled into Europe from China and Turkey, flouting a pact to phase out these gases.

These gases include hydrochlorofluorocarbons, a range of chemicals used for cooling and refrigeration in factories.

It does not damage the ozone layer on a large scale, but the greenhouse gases can be more dangerous than carbon dioxide.

Despite many agreements to reduce the effects of these gases, the European Union faces difficulties in catching the smuggling of shipments from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and China because smugglers use very clever methods to avoid detection, the EIA said in its two-year study.

In 2016, under the Kigali Agreement, Europe and other industrialized countries set quotas for HFCs-producing firms to reduce their use of HFCs by 85% from 2012 to 2036.

There are no statistics and figures in the new report, but the report states that there has been no significant difference during this period.

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