Montreal Protocol news

- Malaysia expects to phase-out HCFCs by 2030 "Malaysia is expected to completely phase out the consumption of HCFCs by 2030 as scheduled", Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said recently. He presented a national HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan, the objective of which is to curb the rising HCFC consumption in Malaysia which has increased from 841 tonnes in 1996 to 5 635 tonnes in 2005. OzoNews (UNEP), December 2008 - Vietnam needs USD 15 million to cut HCFC use Le Cong Than, acting head of the Department for Hydrometeorology and Climate Change under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, estimated that Vietnam requires at least USD 15 million to phase out HCFCs in accordance with the Montreal Protocol over the next 15 years. - India: CFCs phased out ahead of schedule During celebration making the 14th International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the Indian Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Shri Meena, announced that CFC phase-out had been achieved in August 2008, i.e. 17 months ahead of the deadline of the Montreal Protocol for developing countries. OzoNews (UNEP), September 30, 2008 - Africa: on schedule to phase-out CFCs During a recent workshop on refrigeration in Lilongwe, Malawi, UNEP Regional Policy and Enforcement Officer, Patrick Salifu, said that "South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho have made outstanding progress in meeting the 2010 deadline but almost all the [African] countries are in advanced stages of phasing out CFCs". OzoNews (UNEP), December 2008