Royal Launch in Bhutan for New Ozone and Climate Plan vr, okt 7, 2011
HCFCs in Bhutan are primarily used in air-conditioning and refrigeration units in its large industrial establishments, hotels and resorts, corporate offices, governmental sectors, as well as domestic servicing sector. Thimphu (Bhutan), 7 October 2011
- The Royal Government of Bhutan has unveiled a new commitment to phase out ozone-depleting substances.
The initiative, which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched last week by Bhutan's Royal bride-to-be, Ashi Jetsun Pema, in the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the nation.
The HCFC Phase-out Management Plan commits Bhutan to phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are both ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases (GHGs), ten years ahead of the Montreal Protocol schedule.
"We want to phase out HCFCs as soon as possible and maintain our country's status as a net sink for greenhouse gases," said Dr. Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary of the National Environment Council (NEC) of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
The OzonAction Programme of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) has been supporting Bhutan to develop the Phase-out Management Plan through stakeholder consultations and a survey of consumption of HCFCs in the country.
HCFCs in Bhutan are primarily used in air-conditioning and refrigeration units in its large industrial establishments, hotels and resorts, corporate offices, governmental sectors, as well as domestic servicing sector.
To achieve the targets set in the Plan, Bhutan will follow a three-pronged approach for HCFC phase-out comprising the following elements: 1) Limiting the supply of HCFCs; 2) Reduction of the demand for HCFCs for servicing existing equipment; and 3) Limiting new demand of HCFCs.
This approach aims to reduce the dependence on HCFCs until the final phase-out in 2020.
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