Indonesia to Ban CFC Use in Manufacturing Process

Ban will begin in July 2008.

The Indonesian government will ban CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) use in manufacturing processes beginning July 2008, as reported by Antara News on Nov. 12. By July 2008, CFC would only be allowed to be used in refrigerator, AC or car servicing workshops, which still could use recycled CFC to maintain installed equipment until the end of the products` life-time, according to Sulistyowati, Assistant Deputy for Climate Change Impact Control at the Indonesian Environmental Affair Ministry.

Indonesia will support the HCHC phase-out acceleration as mandated by the Montreal Protocol, as long as it would not disturb social and economic conditions in developing countries, Sulistyowati said according to the news report.

The announcement was made at the opening of a Joint Meeting of the South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Network of ODS Officers in Sanur, Bali island which is being held from November 12 to 14, 2007. Around 70 officers from 25 countries such as Afghanistan, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sweden, Thailand, Japan and Korea are attending this meeting.

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