Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent
National Dialogue
Phasing Down HFCs in India: Incentives and Regulations

07 Mar 2019   |   0930 – 1300

Organised by CEEW and Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA)

About the Event

At this dialogue, we deliberated on the challenges and ways ahead for India to meet its Kigali Amendment commitments, while ensuring gains on other domestic development and growth frontlines. Organised in collaboration with the Norwegian Environment Agency, the aim of the dialogue was to provide insights on the challenges in creating an ecosystem for a successful refrigerant transition in India, the role of policies to ensure gains for programmes like Make-in India, Skill India Mission, Energy Efficiency Mission, Doubling of Farmer’s Income, and others, while enabling India’s refrigerant transition, and potential regulatory options for India's impending HFC transition.

The dialogue is a culmination of a year-long study based on-depth interviews with over 60 stakeholders including primary refrigerant consumers, refrigerant manufacturers and suppliers, industry association representatives, consultants and service providers, and commercial users of products.

Key Discussion Points

  • India’s cooling requirements are expected to increase exponentially over the coming years and several national initiatives such as energy efficiency programme, ECBC for commercial and residential buildings, MoU for rescaling of technicians, India Cooling Action Plan etc., have already been implemented to deal with cross-sectoral issues. However, there is not much research on what exactly needs to be done for phasing down HFCs in India before the country reaches its freezing HFC phase under the Kigali Amendment.
  • In this early phase of Kigali implementation, phasing down of HFCs is challenging for developing countries like India where alternatives are yet to mature in terms of their techno-economic viability and funding for R&D has to be integrated to make technology affordable.
  • India represents 2 per cent of the global production and consumption of HFCs which is set to grow further putting more emphasis on the much-needed synergy between energy transitions and energy efficiency.
  • The collaboration between the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will focus on upskilling and certification of technicians under the Skill India Mission. This will promote environment integration and increase ways of possible livelihood.
  • Servicing sector forms the backbone of the industry and must be equally involved in the transition away from HFCs.
  • Energy efficiency is an important dimension and India must make consistent efforts in making its appliances energy efficient.
  • The importance of life cycle climate performance is a new concept in the development of the process of labelling. Eco-labelling is a concept which labels the appliance according to the energy use and emissions across its life-cycle.
  • In the light of research and development, India requires appropriate standards for importing the components for air conditioners.
  • End of life disposal is a fascinating option to explore. The biggest challenge for India would be first, the growing population and dynamics across regions. Second, finance will always be challenge and lastly, collection of gases from smaller units.

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