One of the main challenges for developing countries wanting to taking action on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) has been the relatively limited data on HFC use and projected demand in these countries. To help remedy this situation, the CCAC's HFC Initiative started national level inventories in 14 developing countries to record current and projected future use of HFCs, as well as to outline opportunities to avoid growth in high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs.
Inventories for Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia and Nigeria have now been completed with the help of UNDP. This exercise not only provides the countries with useful information and analysis to assess their situation, but also highlights the key sectors wherein HFC use exists and is growing.
The remaining eight inventories conducted by the CCAC – in the Bahamas, Cambodia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mongolia, South Africa and Vietnam – will be completed by October. Since initiating these inventories, the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund has approved similar surveys in 129 developing countries. The pioneering work of the CCAC’s HFC Initiative develop the 14 inventories, including the various methodologies used, should significantly facilitate the work of the Multilateral Fund, the agencies and the countries.
Consumption of HFCs across the six countries surveyed by UNDP
The consumption of HFCs was assessed from 2008 and projected to 2020. Since the conduct of the HFC surveys spreads across the period from 2013-2015, the split of ‘actual vs. projected’ data also varied from survey to survey with actual data being available to 2012 in some cases, but 2014 in others. The overall assessment of consumption is shown in the following graph: