On the 15th of September 2021, Chinese authorities approved a list of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in agreement and under the control of the Kigali Amendment. This is an amendment to the UN’s Montreal protocol calling on developed countries to gradually phase out HCFs to reduce emissions and protect the ozone layer.
The final list, same as the draft revised list published in August, contains more than 100 CFCs and HFCs and companies have to start phasing them out. This came into force immediately after its publication.
These substances are used as refrigerants, solvents, fire suppressants, foam blowing agents, aerosols, and propellants. HFCs are widely used alternatives for HCFCs and CFCs, ozone-depleting substances which are controlled under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs have high global warming potential, hence the reason for the Kigali Amendment aiming to reduce the use of HFCs as well.
The revised list (in Chinese) can be accessed here.
Last Update: 2021-10-21