The Philippine government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently announced new regulations targeting an 80% reduction in the import and use of HFCs in the country by 2045.
This brings the Philippines into compliance with a developing country’s obligation under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which the country is about to ratify,
On October 13, the DENR officially announced the publication of its administrative order DENR n ° 2021-31, which states that “by January 1, 2045, imports [of HFCs] will have been reduced by 80% on the basis of the reference consumption recorded in CO2 equivalent.
Baseline consumption is the average production and consumption of HFCs in the Philippines in 2020, 2021 and 2022, plus 65% of the baseline production and consumption of HCFCs, the ordinance says.
To date, regulations in the Philippines have only targeted the phase-out of HCFCs under DENR Administrative Order 2013-25.
The announcement of the regulations targeting HFCs is part of the Philippine government’s efforts to complete its ratification of the Kigali Amendment.
According to a presentation by the DENR during an online webinar in June, the process should come to an end.
The required “Certificate of Approval” issued by the Philippine Government Interagency Technical Working Group on the Kigali Amendment meeting was “provided to the Secretary of DENR for his approval and submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with supporting documentation. Said Onofre P. Escota, Project Monitoring and Assessment Officer for the DENR Environmental Management Office.
In Escota’s presentation, several natural refrigerants were identified as “available alternatives to HFCs in the Philippines”.
These include isobutane (R600a) for home refrigeration, propane (R290) for home air conditioning, transportation and commercial refrigeration, ammonia / NH3 (R717) for commercial refrigeration and CO2 (R744) for refrigeration and air conditioning.