Phasing out HFCs in Nigeria
The Government of Nigeria supports an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs. It views such an amendment as a positive move to achieve the dual environmental benefit of protecting the ozone layer and preventing climate change. Nigeria also sees support for the amendment as a means to draw interest to nationally produced refrigerants that are available in Nigeria.
Nigeria is also taking steps to reduce HFC use in the country. Through the assistance of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol, Nigeria has established a hydrocarbon (HC) production facility for the production of high-grade HC refrigerants to be used as alternatives to HFC refrigerants.
Nigeria’s National Ozone Office, the focal office for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol’s Ozone Depleting Substances phase-out programme in the country, has appointed a National Consultant to conduct a survey of HFC imports and usage in Nigeria. The consultant has met with major HFC importers and the national Chemical Regulatory Enforcement Agencies to obtain data on HFC imports, usage, availability, market introduction plans and costs and will issue a report in 2014.
The government of Nigeria wishes to thank the CCAC and the UN Development Programme for providing funds for the HC consumption survey and also supports the UN Climate Summit joint statement on HFCs.