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Ozone Layer Protection

News & Notices

 

1. Reduction of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Import Quota

        According to the HCFCs accelerated phase-out schedule of the Montreal Protocol decided in the Meeting of the Parties held in September 2007, the annual quota for importing HCFCs for  consumption in Hong Kong from 2015 to 2019 would be further reduced to 10% of the baseline level of 1989 (i.e. 13.89 ODP-tonnes). We have notified in writing the reduction in import quota to  companies who have registered according to Section 5 of the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance. For details of the quota allocation system, please refer to the guidelines.New

2. Leaflet, Poster & Guidance Note 

 

Banning the import of products containing HCFCs - Leaflet
Banning the import of products containing HCFCs - Poster

Guidiance Note for Recovery and Minimizing the Release of HCFCs Refrigerant

 

3. Banning the Import of Products containing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) 

        The Legislative Council passed the Ozone Layer Protection (Products Containing Scheduled Substances) (Import Banning) (Amendment) Regulation on 2 December 2009. The Amendment Regulation extends the banning of the import of controlled products (including refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, aerosol products such as metered dosed inhalers, insulation panel and pre-polymer) containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons to those containing other scheduled substances including hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by phases starting from 1 January 2010.

(i) 1 January 2010: to ban all products containing chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22) other than room air conditioners (with a rated cooling capacity not exceeding 7.5 kW as defined in Energy Efficiency (Labelling of Products) Ordinance) which will be banned on:
(a)    1 July 2010: all split type room air conditioners; and
(b)    1 July 2012: all single package (window) type room air conditioners;
(ii) 1 January 2015: to ban all products containing HCFCs, except dichlorotrifluoroethane (HCFC-123); and
(iii) 1 January 2020: to ban all products containing HCFCs.


The Amendment Regulation also bans the import of CFC-containing metered dosed inhalers and fire extinguishers containing HCFCs and bromochloromethane (BCM) from 1 January 2010.

For details of the regulation, please refer to the Legal Notice 244 of 2009 which was published in the Gazette on 4 December 2009.

For implementing the import ban on products containing HCFC-22 according to the above plan, importer of relevant room air-conditioners (spilt type / single package (window) type) shall compile their local inventory of these  products before the concerned import ban becomes effective and provide update quarterly to the authority using the Data Reporting on HCFC-Products Form.

Other References:

Press Release on 2 December 2009 : Speech by the Secretary for the Environment in Legislative Council

Press Release on 4 December 2009 : Enhanced Control on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

 
4. Amendment to the Schedule to the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (Cap. 403)
 

        According to the Legal Notice 114 of 2009 to the Gazette, the Schedule to the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (Cap. 403) will be amended with effect from  1 October 2009. The main changes are as follows:

(a)      make clear that an ozone layer depleting substance listed in the Schedule includes the isomers of that substance, except as otherwise stated in the Schedule;

(b)      add a new Part (Part 9) in respect of Bromochloromethane (BCM) in the Schedule, bringing this additional ozone layer depleting substance under the control of the Ordinance; and

(c)      change the Chinese terms of certain ozone layer depleting substances to conform to the version used by the United Nations.
 

          For details, please refer to the Legal Notice 114 of 2009.

 

Information

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Guidance Notes for Licence Application

Guidance Notes for Licence Application

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Scheduled Substances under Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance
Image of Phase Out Schedule of Ozone Depleting Substances in Hong Kong Phase Out Schedule of Ozone Depleting Substances in Hong Kong
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How you can help to protect the ozone layer? How you can help to protect the ozone layer?  
     Safe Use of Alternative Refrigerants

Leaflet

Banning the import of products containing HCFCs - Leaflet
Banning the import of products containing HCFCs - Poster
 

Guidiance Note for Recovery and Minimizing the Release of HCFCs Refrigerant

A Concise Guide to Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance

A Concise Guide to Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance

A Concise Guide to Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance ( Controlled Refrigerants Regulation)

A Concise Guide to Ozone Layer Protection (Controlled Refrigerants) Regulation

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Advice to Truck Drivers Importing or Exporting Ozone Depleting Substances

Guidance Note for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Destruction at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre (CWTC)

Guidelines for Phasing Out CFC

Link

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 To Bilingual Laws Information System for the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (Chapter 403)

Legislative Council Brief

Gazette

Useful Links Useful Links

Enquiries
For enquiries, please contact EPD at:
Air Policy Group, Environmental Protection Department,
33/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2594 6225
                  2594 6261
                  2594 6329 
Fax: 2827 8040
Email: olpoenq@epd.gov.hk

 

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Monday, 13 June, 2016