Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are a group of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) controlled under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. HCFCs were found to have a negative effect on the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer which protects humans, animals and plants against the harmful ultraviolet-B (UV-B) rays of the sun.
The 19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer held in Montreal in 2007, the Parties agreed on the accelerate the phase-out of production and consumption of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), thus calling for urgent action towards the phase-out of HCFCs.
The ODS phase out targets are:-
– 10% reduction on 01-01-2015
– 35% reduction on 01-01-2020
– 67.5% phase out on 01-01-2025
– 97.5% phase out on 01-01-2030
– 100% phase out on 01-01-2040