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The Second Regional Workshop on 26th May at Chandigarh

India- Refrigeration (MFG) Sector Phase-out Plan

 

 

The Second Regional Workshop

FOR

Technology Assistance and Awareness for the Industry

 

26th May 2006, Chandigarh

 

ORGANISED BY

 

OZONE CELL, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

 

Report

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Phase Out Plan Unit (SPPU)

Ozone Cell, Core-4B, 2nd Floor
India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road
New Delhi
- 110 003

 

 


India- Refrigeration (MFG) Sector Phase-out Plan

Report of the Second Regional Workshop

FOR

Technology Assistance and Awareness for the Industry

26th May 2006, at Hotel Taj Residency, Sector-17, Chandigarh

ORGANISED BY

OZONE CELL, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

 

 

Contents

 

 

 

Background…………………………………………………………………………...

 

 

 

Objectives……………………………………………………………………………...

 

 

 

Target audience and attendance…………………………………………………..

 

 

 

Workshop materials and handouts……………………………………………….

 

 

 

Workshop agenda……………………………………………………………………

 

 

 

Proceedings…………………………………………………………………………...

 

 

 

Results………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

 

 

 


India- Refrigeration (MFG) Sector Phase-out Plan

The Second Regional Workshop

FOR

Technology Assistance and Awareness for the Industry


Report


Background

The “Sectoral Phase-out Plan for Elimination of CFCs in the Refrigeration Sector in India”, was approved by the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for Implementation of the Montreal Protocol at its 37th Meeting in July 2002, with UNDP as the implementing agency.The project provides India with an overall framework for phase-out of CFCs in the Refrigeration Sector within an agreed time frame (by 31st December 2006).The project comprises a funding agreement between ExCom and Government of India over the duration of the project and links stipulated annual CFC phase-out targets to annual funding tranches.The funding includes provisions for incremental costs for Investments, Technical Support and Policy & Management Support.The implementation of the Plan is coordinated through the Sector Phase-out Plan Unit (SPPU) established within the Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment and Forests.

 

Under the Policy and Management Support component, one of the non-investment activities to be carried out is awareness creation and information dissemination related to the Refrigeration Sector Plan among the refrigeration manufacturers as well as the public.

 

Objectives

·Facilitate awareness and information dissemination about the Refrigeration Sector Phase-out Plan and the obligations arising from its implementation

·Promote participation of those enterprises in the Refrigeration Sector Plan, which have not yet participated, and to brief such enterprises on the implementation process

·Provide technical assistance, information and technical resources as may be required, related to application of sustainable alternative technologies

 

Target Audience and Attendance

The following was the audience targeted for attending the workshop:

 

-Eligible and ineligible enterprises from the southern region included in the indicative list of participating enterprises under the Refrigeration Sector Phase-out Plan, who had not yet participated in the Refrigeration Sector Phase-out Plan

-Enterprises in the region, who were already participating in the Refrigeration Sector Phase-out Plan

-Enterprises with previously implemented projects in the Refrigeration Sector from the region

 

Approximately 50 enterprises participated.

 

Workshop materials and handouts

The participants were provided with the following Hand-outs:

 

a)The publication “India’s Montreal Protocol Success Story”, produced by the Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment and Forests, which provides an overview of the Montreal Protocol activities in India.

b)A background note on the Refrigeration Sector and the strategy for CFC phase-out in the refrigeration sector, prepared by Sector Phase-out Plan Unit (SPPU).

c)Copies of technical papers and presentations made by the various speakers at the workshop.

 


Workshop agenda

 

Time

Activity

By

Inaugural Sesssion

09.30 - 09.40 AM

Registration

 

09.40 - 09.45 AM

Introduction

Ms. Pooja Sahni, SPPU

09.45 -10:00 AM

Welcome & Keynote Address

Mr. Nandan Chirmulay, UNDP Sector Expert

10:00 - 10.45 AM

Tea/Coffee Break

ODS Phase-out Scenario in India

10.45 - 11.10 AM

UNDP Activities in India

Mr. Sunil Arora, UNDP – India

11.10 - 11.40 AM

Montreal Protocol and India Refrigeration Sector Plan in India

Dr. S. Satapathy, NPM – SPPU

11.40 - 12.00PM

CFCs and Substitutes – Future prospects

Mr. N Balaji, Senior Manager, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India

12.00 - 01.30 PM

Lunch break

Technologies and Applications in the Refrigeration Sector

01.30 - 02.10 PM

International Refrigeration Scenerio

Mr. Nandan Chirmulay, UNDP Sector Expert

02.10 - 02.20 PM

Refrigeration Scenario in India

Mr. Sanjay Mukim, UNDP National Expert

02.20 - 02.45 PM

ODS Rules and Regulations

Dr. S. Satapathy, NPM – SPPU

02.45 - 03.15 PM

Tea/Coffee Break

Case Studies

03.15 - 03.45 PM

Successful ODS Phase-out Projects in the Refrigeration Sector in India – Case Studies presented by recipients

·Mr. Mayank Sethi - M/s Himcool Industries

·Mr. P. K. Jain - M/s Beeco Electricals

03.45 - 04.15 PM

Panel discussions and question/answer session

 

 

 

 

 


Proceedings

 

Mr. Nandan Chirmulary declared the workshop open and extended his welcome to all the participants.In his welcome address, Mr. Chirmulay appreciated the steps taken by UNDP for implementation of the sector phase-out plans in the Foam and Refrigeration sectors and specifically for organising this workshop.He emphasized that that developing countries were in the final decade of compliance relating to ODS phase-out activities therefore it was critical to not only maintain the momentum of ODS phase-out but also work towards possibility of accelerating the ODS phase-out in a cost effective manner.This would necessitate a combination of monitoring mechanisms for implementation of projects, implementation of regulations and capacity building measures to equip stakeholders in implementing these activities.He congratulated the participants who had successfully switched over to non-ODS technology and wished success to those, where the implementation was under progress.He stressed on the need for all stakeholders to work together to achieve ODS phase-out in a timely manner and comply with regulations relating to ODS phase-out.

 

Mr. Sunil Arora presented an overview of UNDP India’s activities in India over the last five decades.Since 1951, UNDP has been working with the Government of India in various activities right from Agriculture to Science & Technology.After independence, for several years, concentration was focussed on institutional strengthening of various organisations.Under the current framework (2002-2007), UNDP has been working on the Human Development Report for the country as a whole, and recently also at the State Level.UNDP support has always been catalytic and policy-driven whereby the models that could be successfully replicated could be applied.Under the Montreal Protocol, the very first UNDP project approved was in 1992 (Institutional Strengthening project) through which UNDP supported the setting up of the Ozone Cell in the Ministry of Environment & Forests.After that, UNDP prepared and implemented investment projects worth US$ 32 million through which around 400 industrial units, predominantly SMEs, were supported, leading to a phase-out about 5,000 MT of ODS in the Aerosols, Foams, Halons and Refrigeration Sectors.He then informed UNDP is implementing India’s Foam Sector Phase-out Plan for a total assistance of about US$5.4 million to phase-out the remaining ODS consumption in the Foam Sector, out of which about 60% has already been disbursed through assistance to enterprises.He urged more participation by the industry to best utilize this funding.He further requested the industry who had not so far participated in the Plan, to come forward and take advantage of the opportunity for technical and financial assistance.

 

In his presentation on the “Montreal Protocol Implementation in India”, Dr. S. Satapathy, explained in detail, the mechanism of ozone depletion and its adverse impact on ecosystems on the earth.He next took up the subject of Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol and their historical evolution.He presented the framework of Montreal Protocol implementation at the multilateral level and in India and described the institutional framework set up by Government of India.He showed the production and consumption control schedule as per Montreal protocol and India’s compliance status.He explained the various fiscal, regulatory and incentive measures taken up by Government of India for Montreal Protocol implementation.He briefed on the status of India’s commitments under the Montreal Protocol.At the end he briefed about the structure of Foams and Refrigeration Sectors in India and the status of projects implemented and under progress.

 

Mr. N. Balaji, Senior Manager, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India introduced the production levels of ODS in India.He explained the control schedule for production of ODS as per Montreal Protocol.He further gave an overview of the Production Sector Gradual Phase-out project in India and the agreed levels of annual production limits.He described the shares of annual production quotas by ODS producing enterprises.He also elaborated on the stakeholder linkages with Government, implementing agencies and enterprises.He then described the various regulatory steps under the production sector policy framework.He then presented insights into international trends related to ODS availability until 2010.In the end, he presented a road map that stressed on information sharing and exchange in technology trends and best practices, clean technology initiatives and need for innovative policy and regulatory instruments.

 

Dr. S. Satapathy presented a summary of the Foam Sector Phase-out Plan in India, detailing the agreed annual CFC consumption and phase-out targets.He then explained in detail the components of the Plan and the activities to be carried out under each component.He described the current status of implementation of various activities under the Plan.He also explained in detail the terms for participation in the plan for enterprises and the responsibilities and obligations arising from participation.Dr. Satapathy further elaborated on the ODS rules and regulations in India and their provisions, beginning from the Environment Protection Act of 1986 until the ODS Rules of 2000.He also described the import and export licensing and control system, its objectives, the available tools for its implementation and the current implementation status.He also explained the monitoring and oversight mechanism for the regulations.

 

Mr. Sanjay Mukim, UNDP National Expert, started by explaining the phenomenon of ozone layer depletion.He then presented the history of blowing agents.He then described how and why alternatives to CFC-based blowing agents were identified.He explained how HCFCs played initially a major role as CFC substitutes, due to their ready availability, non-toxic and non-flammable properties and acceptable processing characteristics, but were considered as a transitional solution due to their residual ozone depletion potential.He presented in detail the physical properties of CFC based as well as alternative blowing agents.He then presented an overview of the issue of HCFCs and HFCs control and phase-out dates in various developing countries and how these new regulations are likely to impact the availability of HCFC and HFC-based blowing agents.

 

Dr. S. Satapathy presented the vote of thanks.

 

Successful ODS Phase-out Projects in the Refrigeration Sector:

 

Case studies presented by recipients-

 

M/s Himcool Industries and M/s Beeco Electricals presented their experiences of project implementation through UNDP.They expressed satisfaction in the transparent and accountable procurement process for internationally procured equipment and highlighted how smoothly the equipment reached them and was installed and commissioned without their having to involve themselves with customs, transportation or follow-up with suppliers.They also answered several audience queries regarding the project implementation process.

 

Results

 

a)The participants were apprised about the present and future scenarios regarding availability of various blowing agents.The participants were also apprised on the future prospects for the Refrigeration Sector in India.

b)The participants learnt more about the regulatory frameworks affecting the Refrigeration Sector both in India and Abroad.

c)The participants obtained a perspective of various refrigeration technologies and applications and how they would be affected by implementing the Montreal Protocol as well as further regulations.

 

Recommendations

 

1.Enterprises had requested that the small scale industry service institute registration date may be extended.

2.Since the cost of CFC is less as compared to HFC which is hindering the switchover, therefore, the Government may provide some incentive for meeting the high cost of chemicals.

3.Since non-ODS compressor can be filled by CFC-12 and the cost of HCFC is very high.Therefore, consumers prefer CFC-12 compressor to HFC (non-ODS) which should not be provided.

4.More awareness on regulation and fiscal incentives.

5.Many enterprises expressed difficulties to approach SISI for registration and renewal certification.

6.Some technical training should be provided on the latest available technologies in the sector.



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