New Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City – India and Vietnam have both outlined their latest plans to eliminate HCFC-141b.
In mid-August, India ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and will gradually reduce its use of HFCs by the late 2040s.
The country is likely to take four steps to eliminate HFCs in refrigerators and insulated panels. Between now and 2032, there will be a 10% in HFC use. This will rise to 20% by 2037, 30% by 2042 and 80% by 2047, based on a baseline use between 2024 and 2026.
'A national strategy for the phase-down of HFCs as per the schedule for India will be developed after the required consultation with all the industry stakeholders by 2023,' according to a Cabinet Note, which was reported in the Times of India.
Vietnam, meanwhile, is expected to ban the import of polyol blends with HCFC-141b for foam insulation from 1 January 2022, according to a report in Vietnam Plus.
The country consumed 2.6kT of HCFC substances in 2020, down 35% from the base of 3.6kT in 2019, according to official statistics. The country is implementing a project funded by the World Bank to eliminate the use of HCFC substances by 2023. The World Bank is providing technical and financial support to companies making refrigeration equipment and foam insulation to switch to formulations that do not need pre-blended CFC-22 or HCFC-141.