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We are working in line with customs and other authorities to monitor imports of HCFCs.
This is the first stage of China's HCFC production sector phase-out plan, itself part of a larger strategy to completely eliminate the country's production capacity of HCFCs by 2030.
The parties of Montreal Protocol agreed to expedite the timetable in order to gradually eliminate HCFCs in developing countries and also agreed to curb the use of these substances and to freeze the level of HCFCs' consumption at the level of the year 2009.
Paje further said the country's import of HCFC products will be reduced by 10 per cent from the base level of 2,644 tonnes to 2,3796 tonnes by 2015 and then by 35 per cent to 1,718.
The decision to phase out HCFC earlier than the Montreal Protocol schedule is based on the country's commitment to meet challenges for both ozone protection and climate impact mitigation," she added.
Between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2015, recycled HCFC may be used.
The famous Belgian chocolate maker performed this retrofit in anticipation of the ban on virgin HCFC 22 refrigerant fluid for refrigeration equipment maintenance coming into force on December 31st 2009 as directed by European regulation 2037/2000.
Developing countries, however, have just begun to curb production of CFCs, and new restrictions on HCFC production may invite severe opposition from those countries at the international convention.
Washington, for instance, has refused to accelerate the HCFC phase-out or to close a loophole that allows methyl bromide (MB) use in developing countries even after 2005, when it is phased out in developed countries.
The European Union has proposed that on top of the existing quantitative restrictions on the use of HCFCs, production volumes should be restricted, and that the timetable for reduction of HCFC consumption be accelerated.
Precautions still must be taken with every refrigerant, but in the event of an accident, the long-term repercussions and liabilities of an HCFC spill are small compared to the highly destructive nature of CFCs.
The flammability properties of CFC, HCFC, or HFC blowing agents are not intended to reflect the fire hazards presented by any resultant cellular or foamed plastic products.
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