May 22, 2020
Although the Kigali Amendment has not yet been formally ratified, China has drafted a new quota system based on a global agreement to phase out HFC refrigerants.
The new proposal by China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment also includes leak management, recycling and reclamation regulations, which can result in fines of up to 10 million yuan ($1.4 million)
The rules apply to the production, sale, use, import and export of HFCs for controlled purposes, such as refrigerants, foaming agents, fire extinguishing agents, solvents, detergents and aerosols.
China is the world's largest producer of HFCs and produces about 70% of its air conditioners.
"The draft plan shows a clear intention to address these potential greenhouse gases," said Avisa Mahapatra, head of the climate campaign at the Green Sats, an environmental research group.
She added: "The EIA commends China for initiating this comprehensive process to implement the Kigali Amendment and for strengthening existing control measures for ozone-depleting chemicals.