India to phase out ozone-depleting HCFCs by 2030
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:47
New Delhi: India will phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), chemicals causing global warming but widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, by 2030.

"We are going to freeze the use of HCFCs at 2009 levels by 2013. We are going to mitigate their use by 10 per cent by 2015 as compared to 2009 levels and bring it to zero by 2030," Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said after unveiling the country's roadmap to phase out the ozone layer-depleting chemicals at a function here today.

The measures will be taken under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to protect the ozone layer.

Seeking adequate funds and technology from the global community to meet the challenges to phase out HCFCs, Ramesh said, "this roadmap is a giant leap in the dark. It is a huge act of faith because we don't know what technology is going to replace HCFCs...We don't know from where funding is going to come to meet the challenges," he said.

The consumption of HCFCs, which are used in aerosols, foams, refrigeration and air-conditioning and solvent sectors, has grown at an average annual rate of over 11.3 per cent in the past 15 years in the country.

As the consumption of HCFCs in the country is likely to reach 27,103 metric tonnes in 2015 from 11,027 metric tonnes in 2005, Ramesh said there is a need for resolving IPR issues and making available funds and technology at the earliest to the developing countries for phasing them out.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:47

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