Vietnam to reduce HCFC consumption by 35pc

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) – Vietnam plans to reduce 35 per cent of its Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) consumption by 2024 in an attempt to protect the ozone layer.

This was the main target of the second stage of the country’s HCFC phase-out plan, officially launched yesterday in Hà Noi.

HCFCs are used in several industries, including refrigeration and air conditioning, fire extinguishers, foams, and solvents. Under the plan, about 80 companies will receive support to change technologies in order to cut down the usage of 1,000 tonnes of HCFC-22 (a refrigerant widely used in the seafood processing industry)

by 2024. Head of the Climate Change Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Tăng The Cuong said that the launch ceremony was in response to the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (September 16). Cuong said Vietnam, one of the five countries suffering the most from climate change, had constantly made efforts to protect the ozone layer and mitigate the impacts of climate change for many years following the Montreal Protocol as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

On September 4, the government issued Resolution No 64/NQ-CP to officially approve the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, he said.