HCFC Phase out Management Plan for Bhutan

About the project

 Bhutan's natural environment is protected by the Constitution that mandates 60% forest coverage. Photo © UNDP Bhutan

The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) became a party to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, as well as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and its four Amendments.

The HCFC phase-out management plan of Bhutan stems from the firm commitment to protect and preserve the environment and to maintain the negative carbon emission status. The HPMP (HCFC Phase-out Management Plan) was prepared as a part of the continued work of the Kingdom of Bhutan towards protection of ozone layer and to enable Bhutan to meet the obligations towards Montreal protocol and its amendments.

Based on this, the country has committed to phase-out HCFCs by 1 January 2015. The plan will impose an import ban of HCFC based equipment by 2013. The decision on phasing out of HCFC by 2025 is based on the country’s determination to maintain the negative carbon emission status. In order to achieve Bhutan’s targets, UNDP will work closely with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Bhutan and UNEP in project implementation.

Upon implementation of HPMP components, the RGOB will reduce its consumption of HCFCs to 0.25 ODP tons (4.5 MT) in 2015 from estimated current consumption of 0.31 ODP tons (5.6 MT) to 0.2 ODP tons (3.6 MT) in 2017 and 2018 to 0.1 ODP tons (1.8 MT) in 2019 and reduction of 0.007 ODP tons (0.1MT) in 2025 to achieve complete phase-out of HCFCs by 1 January 2025.

Project Outline

The main objective is to implement projects under the HPMP in line with the overall strategy implementation plan outlined in the HPMP document approved by the 63rd Meeting of the Executive Committee. UNDP will assist NOU in the implementation of the following project components:

  • Project Component 1: Recovery and Reclamation (R&R) programme
    The main objective of this component is to provide training and equipment support to service technicians for implementation of recovery and reuse programme through refrigerant reclamation.
  • Project Component 2: Retrofit Incentive Programme
    In order to achieve major reductions in demand for HCFCs, it is considered necessary to initiate a pilot programme that provides incentives to end users to retrofit their HCFC- based equipment to non HCFC alternatives.


Donors Amount USD
European Union  
Multi-Lateral Funding  
Total budget $ 188, 000

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