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India Achieved Complete Phase Out of HCFC-141b

Published on January 23, 2020
Current context: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has declared that India has successfully achieved the complete phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b.
India Achieved Complete Phase Out of HCFC-141b 
  • The HCFC-141b is a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises and one of the most potent ozone depleting chemical after Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
  • (HCFC)-141 b is used mainly as a blowing agent in the production of rigid polyurethane (PU) foams.
  • HCFC-141b is not produced in India and all the domestic requirements are met through imports.
  • The MoEFCC prohibited the issuance of import license for HCFC-141b from 1st January, 2020 under Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Amendment Rules, 2019.
  • With this, the country has completely phased out the important ozone depleting chemical.
  • The phase out of HCFC-141b from the country has twin environmental benefits:
    1. Assisting the healing of the stratospheric ozone layer
    2. Towards the climate change mitigation


Q.1 India has recently achieved the complete phase out of which ozone depleting chemical?
a. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
b. Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b
c. carbon tetrachloride
d. Methyl chloroform

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