WB oks US$9.76 million grant for Vietnam to phase out HCFCs

The World Bank has just approved a US$9.76 million grant from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol to support Vietnam’s efforts in phasing-out Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) - the ozone-depleting substances with high global warming potential - between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2015.

Designed to help Vietnam reduce its consumption of HCFCs in the polyurethane (PU) foam sector, the Vietnam HCFC Phase-out Project Stage I will introduce the most current technologies to phase out about 1,275 metric tons of HCFC-141b in 12 large foam production enterprises; and supports policies and regulations and technical assistance activities to curb HCFCs consumption.

Vietnam consumes several types of HCFCs for various industrial applications, including HCFC-22 for refrigeration and air-conditioning manufacturing and for servicing existing equipment and appliances; HCFC-141b for foam production; and, HCFC-123 for servicing cooling equipment.

Phasing out HCFCs can present an excellent opportunity for synergies between ozone and climate protection as per Decision XIX/6 of the Montreal Protocol Parties, which asks that climate impacts be taken into account when phasing out HCFCs.

The HCFC phase-out in Vietnam will be done in a manner that maximizes the climate co-benefits through the introduction of no to very low global warming potential alternatives. This is in line with Vietnam’s national policy on industrialization and modernization to meet the overall objective of continued economic growth and sustainable development.

The World Bank is one of the implementing agencies for the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, and has been engaged in ODS phase-out activities in Vietnam since early 2000s. 

By Ham Yen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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