New regulations to end use of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

The Government is to introduce new regulations to end the use of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), the Government said today.

According to international conventions and obligations, cabinet had appointed a technical committee on 16.08.2016, to submit short term and long term recommendations to end the use of HCFC, minimizing its impact in the related field which HCFC is used.

A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement its recommendations was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

The proposals include the prohibition of importing used or reconditioned equipment with ozone depleting substances which are mentioned in the Montreal protocol, the prohibition of import, production and assembly of  tads or accessories which use HCFC that exceed the 100 value of global warming potential and 0.03 value of ozone depleting potential with effect from 01.01.2018 and to prohibit the same which do not exceed the above value with effect from 01.01.2021.

The proposals also call for imposing of a condition to issue environment protection permits for agencies involved in refrigerators and air conditioning, that they should have a refrigerant recovery and recycling machine with effect from  01.01.2019. (Colombo Gazette)