KATHMANDU, Dec. 10: The government is preparing to produce technical human resources to reduce the excessive consumption of Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
HCFCs have been in use as refrigerants in Nepal for over three decades in the refrigerant and air conditioning servicing sector. Nepal does not produce HCFCs, therefore the only source of HCFCs and other refrigerants used in Nepal is through imports.
The government is developing a strategy to limit the consumption of hydro chlorophyll carbon 23.4 metric tonnes in 2013 and reduce gradually. The government is planning to totally phase out the consumption of HCFCs by 2030 in the country.
A substance named chlorine is rapidly depleting the ozone layer. In a bid to reduce the ozone depletion and conserve it, the Vienna Convention was issued in March 1985. Nepal is also state party to the Vienna Convention.
The National Ozone Unit under the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBAM) is overseeing the national issues regarding the reduction of HCFCs at the national level.
Nepal has completely replaced the use of chlorophyll carbon, a substance harmful to the ozone layer, since 2010 and the state parties to the Vienna Convention have also decided to replace the use of HCFCs as well. The HCFCs is also believed to bring rise in global temperature.
At a launching ceremony of the HCFCs Phase Out Management Plan organized by the National Ozone Unit, NBSM, Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Keshav Man Shakya stressed for collective efforts to conserve the ozone layer.