HCFC Phase-out Management Plan for Iran

What is the Project About?

This project is about the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs are ozone depleting compounds, the use of which is regulated by the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances.

Although there are currently 34 controlled HCFCs, only a few are commonly used. The most widely used have been HCFC-22 (usually a refrigerant), HCFC-141b (a solvent and foam-blowing agent), and HCFC-142b (a foam-blowing agent and component in refrigerant blends). 

UNDP activities cover conversion of one-systems-house - the Urethane System Company (USC) from HCFC-141b to feasible low GWP alternatives and conversion of one domestic air-conditioning manufacturer  - the Mehrasl Manufacturing Corporation- from HCFC-22  to R-410A. The project will result in reducing the HCFC consumption from 398.8 Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) tons in 2010 to 380.5 ODP tons in 2013 and 342.5 ODP tons in 2014.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

Since project document signature in January 2012, the project offices have been set-up within the premises of the Implementing Partner, the Department of Environment and staff recruited.

The decision on the replacement of gases which are less harmful to the environment is not an easy one for the manufacturers who have been targeted by this project. Technical and sourcing considerations rank high in any major manufacturing decision where a raw material is substituted by another.

As a result, the negotiation processes between UNDP and the DoE on the one hand and with project beneficiaries on the other have taken some time to conclude. Mehrasl Manufacturing Corporation is currently modifying its fabrication and assembly line based on Memorandum of Agreement that was signed with the DoE in November 2012. Mehrasl corporation should conduct its prototype manufacturing and testing by the end of 2013.

Who Finances It?



The Multi-lateral Fund for Implementation of Montreal Protocol: US$4,565,746

Delivery In Previous Fiscal Year

US$662,362

Project Highlights

  • Iran does not produce any HCFCs. However, Iran does import HCFCs for various industrial uses. As a Party to the Montreal Protocol, Iran must incrementally decrease HCFC consumption and production, culminating in a complete HCFC phaseout in 2030.
  • Through this project, the Government has committed itself to HCFC freeze in 2013 and 10% reduction in 2015.
  • UNDP activities cover conversion of one systems house - the Urethane System Company (USC) from HCFC-141b to feasible low global warming potential alternatives and conversion of one domestic air-conditioning manufacturer  - the Mehrasl Manufacturing Corporation from HCFC-22  to R-410A. The project will result in reducing the HCFC consumption from 398.8 Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) tons in 2010 to 380.5 ODP tons in 2013 and 342.5 ODP tons in 2013.

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
January 2012
Estimated End Date:
December 2015
Geographic Coverage:
N/A
Focus Area:
Ozone Protection
MDG:
7
Project Officer:
Mr. Mehdi Kamyab
Partners:
Department of Environment