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Decision XXVIII/8: Phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons

Aware that parties not operating under paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol (non‑Article 5 parties) are taking measures to reduce and eventually eliminate the production and consumption of the ozone-depleting substances listed in Annex C, group I (hydrochlorofluorocarbons),

Recognizing a need for continued consideration of issues related to hydrochlorofluorocarbons as indicated in paragraphs 12, 13, and 14 of decision XIX/6, and taking into account the report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel in response to decision XXVII/5,

Noting that Article 5 parties may require access to hydrochlorofluorocarbons produced by
non-Article 5 parties to satisfy their basic domestic needs after 2020,

  1. To request the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel, in relation to Annex C, group I, substances:
    1. To continue to assess sectors, including subsectors, if any, where essential uses for non‑Article 5 parties may be needed after 1 January 2020, including estimates of the volumes of hydrochlorofluorocarbons that may be needed;
    2. To continue to assess the servicing requirements for refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment and any other possible needs in other sectors between 2020 and 2030 for non-Article 5 parties;
    3. To continue to review recent volumes of production of each of the hydrochlorofluorocarbons to satisfy basic domestic needs and to make projected estimates of such future production and estimated needs of Article 5 parties to satisfy basic domestic needs beyond 1 January 2020;
  2. To request the Panel to report on the assessment referred to above to the Open‑ended Working Group at its thirty-ninth meeting, in 2017;
  3. To invite parties to provide relevant information to the Ozone Secretariat by 15 March 2017 for inclusion in the Panel’s assessment;