Indian government committed phase-out HCFC by 2030

Indian government committed to phase-out HCFC by 2030

10:02 AM, 16th November 2017
The last workshop was held in Delhi and was attended by climate change experts like Dr Amit Love, Atul Bagai, Dr Ajay Mathur among others.
The workshop was held in Delhi and was attended by climate change experts like Dr Amit Love, Atul Bagai, Dr Ajay Mathur among others.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), India and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of their commitment to completely phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the year 2030 in India, have organized several national level workshops on implementing energy efficiency and phasing out HCFCs in the building sector.

These workshops were organized by Ozone Cell, MoEF&CC with support from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The last workshop was held in Delhi and was attended by climate change experts like Gyanesh Bharti, joint secretary, MOEF&CC; Dr Ajay Mathur, director general, TERI; Atul Bagai, country director, UNEP India; Bjarne Olesen, president, ASHRAE; Dr Amit Love, joint director, MoEF&CC and SP Garnaik, chief general manager, EESL among other dignitaries.

The workshop introduced HCFC phase-out plan for the stakeholders in the building sector. It also helped to understand the existing regulatory framework in the sector to support HCFC phase-out management plan, preparedness of various stakeholders, probable hurdles and drawbacks that is needed to overcome for successful implementation of HPMP in the building sector. Further, it also helped to find out the preparedness of the sector for future phasedown of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbon). Stakeholders from the construction industry, building developers, building owners, academia, manufacturers, industry associates, consulting agencies and policymakers were part of the workshop.

The refrigeration and air-conditioning systems in buildings account for significant amount of HCFC consumption and energy use in buildings. Increase in real estate and infrastructure development activities across all major sectors in India is leading to necessary push to the high demand for HCFC based solutions. Apart from using HCFC based solutions, energy efficient building design can also directly reduce the demand for refrigerants by considering the climate and sunlight, making it possible to use smaller air-conditioning equipment & other ozone depletion substances.

After successfully implementing HCFC phase-out management plan (HPMP) Stage-I, Government of India launched the stage-II in March 2017. The key aspect of the plan is to provide technical assistance and awareness programmes to all industries, especially the small and medium-sector. Also, EESL is working towards retrofitting 10,000 buildings with energy efficient appliances in next 3 years.

The latest Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol calls for the phase down of HFCs to control the greenhouse gas emission due to its use. As per the Montreal Protocol, India must achieve complete phase-out of HCFCs by 2030 and start phase down of HFCs by 2028. It has been identified that about 70-80 percent of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) which include HCFCs are used in refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC), building insulation and firefighting equipment, contributing to both direct and indirect CO2- emissions. Therefore, buildings will have a significant impact on emissions in the years to come. Energy efficiency in buildings and equipment has been identified as the key to mitigating both ozone depletion and impacts on climate change.

Energy experts have identified a three-pronged approach as a key in phasing out the use of HCFCs in buildings. First, reduce demand for refrigerants through energy efficient equipment and buildings. Second, replace HCFCs with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) and low global warming potential (GWP) alternatives that achieve both ozone protection and climate benefits. Third, use not-in-kind alternative technologies that do not rely on ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

The transition from HCFCs to environment-friendly, technically proven and economically viable alternatives is a challenging task particularly for a developing country. However, India has voluntarily followed a low carbon development path, while phasing out HCFCs by adopting non-ODS, low GWP and energy-efficient technologies in its HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP), which is unlike growth paths taken by many countries in the developed world.

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