New Study Predicts HFC Consumption in Bangladesh to Increase by 100 MT Per Year

Jan 11, 2016

Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests was addressing a Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Information Dissemination Workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11 January 2016 while Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh was also seen.

Dhaka, 11 January 2016: The last decade’s steady economic growth of around 6 percent and the resulting increased buying capacity of the middle and lower-middle income class is likely to drive Bangladesh’s Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption to increase by 100 MT per year, predicts a new Department of Environment (DoE) study.

Given the rise of HFC consumption, the study titled “Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Survey in Bangladesh for the Years 2011, 2012 and 2013” uses past patterns of HFC use to predict an increase in coming years and recommends actions to address the issue. 

A founding member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the global coalition committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate in next few decades by reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), Bangladesh is one of six countries to have conducted a national survey. 

The study heavily recommends the formulation of a national strategy for HFC phase-out, outlining a detailed plan of action, timeline and required funds, awareness raising, investment projects and training programmes. 

The DoE, which conducted the study with funding from CCAC and technical assistance from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organized a workshop in Dhaka today in order to disseminate the findings of the study and to scope the potential of future programme in the area. 

The program was attended by Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh. Presided over by Mr. Md. Raisul Alam Mondal, Director General, Department of Environment, the workshop facilitated discussion of HFC by representatives from the government, academia and business sector.

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