Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd. launched HCFC-free refrigeratorsNov 5, 2016
On Saturday, 5th November, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd launched its new line of refrigerators that runs on gases that neither deplete the ozone layer nor contribute to global warming. Honourable Deputy Minister Abdullah Al Islam Jacob inaugurated it.
Bangladesh has already phased out all CFCs by 2012. By 2020, the aim is to reduce emission of HCFCs to 35% of emission levels compared to 2009 and 2010. This will build towards a full phase out by 2040. HCFCs have such a high global warming potential that, if not addressed, these gases can dwarf the effects of other voluntary initiatives we take to decrease global temperature rise. UNDP, UNEP and the government collaborated on the first stage of the HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP).
Walton is one of the ten largest manufacturers of refrigerators and air conditioners in the world. This phase-out will replace the use of 183.7 metric tons of HCFC annually. By supporting this transition, UNDP has helped the government of Bangladesh keep its commitment to the secretariat of the Montreal protocol to phase out HCFCs.
The replacement, cyclopentane, is a cheaper chemical, so this lowers production cost. UNDP has worked with Walton to ensure that they are in compliance with all occupational health and safety guidelines. This in turn will make sure that the nation’s health budget is not burdened. So this is a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Their achievement epitomizes sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible consumption and production. This Goal has the private sector at its heart, and this a commendable example of what public-private partnership can make possible. UNDP is honoured to have been able to partner with the Ministry of Environment and Forests in this endeavour.