A global initiative focused on reducing the production and use of ozone-depleting substances and protecting the thin ozone layer of the Earth was reflected in the Initial Implementation Accelerated HCFC Phase-out in the CEIT Region, the joint project of the State Committee for Nature Protection of Uzbekistan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
In the course of the project, activities for the control of imports of HCFC, and equipment which utilise HCFCs will be implemented, while demand for HCFCs will be regulated. The project will be implemented through two interrelated components.
The regional component will support the country in exchanging best experiences with the governments of other countries in the Central Asian region, and thus enable improvements of approaches to manage HCFCs on a national level.
The national component will be dedicated to building up the capacities of public and private sectors to gradually reduce their dependence on imports of HCFCs, by delivering modern equipment to extract and recycle HCFCs, and by improving the practices of maintaining refrigeration equipment and air conditioning systems, to ensure the more effective operation and refurbishment of the systems, low level of leaks and improved energy efficiency.
The implementation of the National Strategy on HCFC Phase-out in Uzbekistan for final phase-out of HCFCs by 2030. This strategy should conform with international commitments according to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, namely the implementation of requirements of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Accelerated Phase-out of HCFCs.
- Uzbekistan complies with international commitments under the Montreal Protocol for Accelerated HCFC Phase-out, envisaging a complete phase-out by 2030;
- Equipment to recover cooling agents provided to national companies;
- Equipment to extract and recycle cooling agents provided to national companies (125 units of equipment to extract cooling agents, 5 units of equipment for recycling cooling agents);
- Customs authorities equipped with instruments/equipment to control ODS and ozone-safe substances imported to Uzbekistan (equipment for identifying cooling agents);
- Capacity development trainings conducted for experts of the cold storage and cooling industry (approximately 1,000 refrigeration and cooling experts will be trained);
- Capacity development trainings conducted for law enforcement and customs officers (over 300 customs officers will be trained);
- Capacity built for the storage of undesirable ODS waste, and the disposal of confiscated ODS and unfit coolants;
- Three demo projects focused on new alternative technologies utilising ozone-safe cooling agents with low global warming potential implemented;
- Improved public awareness.