The Union Cabinet approved the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Wednesday. This depletes the ozone layer, making it difficult for hydrofluorocarbons to be phased out. The Montreal Protocol was established in October of 2016.
The most prevalent type of organofluorine substance is hydrofluorocarbons, which are man-made organic molecules containing fluorine and hydrogen atoms.
The Central Government said,” National strategy of phase-down of Hydrofluorocarbons as per the applicable phase-down schedule for India will be developed after required consultation with all the industry stakeholders by 2023″. The statement also said,” Amendments to the existing legislation framework, the Ozone-depleting Substances Rules to allow appropriate control of the production and consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons to ensure compliance with the Kigali Amendment will be done by mid-2024.”
The phasedown is intended to expand the market for domestic equipment production as well as alternative non-HFC and low-global warming chemicals, allowing the industry to move to low-GWP alternatives. There would be opportunities to promote domestic innovation for new generation alternative refrigerants and connected technologies, the statement added.