Undertaken By: Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Recent Publication: 2017
India has adopted a positive stance on the phase down of HFC production and consumption by proposing an amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Despite this affirmative action, there are relevant concerns amongst domestic stakeholders with respect to the alternative substances that are expected to replace HFCs. In particular, there are concerns regarding their technical viability in the high-ambient temperatures prevalent in India, commercial availability and costs, associated patent issues, and safety and equipment servicing. A better understanding of these issues will enable the Indian Government and industry to reach more informed positions, especially in support of the Montreal Protocol deliberations on the phasing down of HFCsHydrofluorocarbons.