The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has suggested that it will propose for the funding of foam industries to ease shift from using ozone-depleting Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) to chemical Cyclopentane. The transition will be funded by the Executive Committee of the Multilateral fund as per the Montreal Protocol Agreement in the second stage of HCFC phase out.
Cyclopentane is a hydroflorocarbon with zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential.
India is in the process of phasing out HCFC by 2030 as per the existing agreement signed by India in the Montreal protocol. HCFC is a commonly used refrigerant gas. It is also used in foam blowing agents, solvents, aerosols and fire extinguishers. India has completed its first step of phase out, achieving the target of 10 per cent reduction by 2015 and is now working towards phasing down 35 per cent by 2020 in the second stage.