Jan. 29, 2020

India has successfully achieved the complete phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b.


  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b is a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises and is 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.

  • The Ministry of Environment has brought out a Gazette notification through which import of HCFC-141b is prohibited from 1st January, 2020 under Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Amendment Rules, 2019 issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

  • The complete phase out of HCFC 141 b from the country in foam sector is among the first at this scale in Article 5 parties (developing countries) under the Montreal Protocol. 

Source : PIB