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Project IS)







The Institutional Strengthening project for the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) commenced on 1st of July 1994 with the main objectives of implementing and monitoring Montreal Protocol obligations in Sri Lanka. Apart from the implementation of Institutional Strengthening (IS) Project, NOU is responsible for implementing and monitoring various other projects in phasing out of ODS complying with the Montreal Protocol regulations.

NOU was established under the “Institutional Strengthening Project for the Phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances” and up to now six phases have already been completed. The seventh phase (Award No. 00045578) has been approved for two years (2009 & 2010)

Establishment of NOU was the main objective of the IS Project and the other current objectives are maintaining of the NOU and implementing the Montreal Protocol in Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka National Compliance Action
Plan (NCAP) on
Phasing out Ozone Depleting










This is the road map for accelerated phase out of ODS in Sri Lanka and for meeting its national compliance commitments under the Montreal Protocol. UNDP/ UNEP prepared a Funding request based upon the Sri Lanka NCAP with the collaboration of the Japanese Government proposing to phase out the remaining consumption of all CFCs over the period of 2004 to 2010.  Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol approved US $ 1,015,000 as the total funding for total elimination of all CFCs in all sectors and Halons management in Sri Lanka.  NCAP activities were started in the country in 2005 and followings are the programmes under NCAP.

Enhancement of national capacity to monitor trade and prevent illegal trade of ODS (Continuation of the Customs Officers training Programme)

  1. Extension training of the established refrigeration technicians (Continuation of Technicians training programme)
  2. MAC  – Recovery, Recycling & Retrofitting programme
  3. Recovery and Recycling programme for CFC
  4. Halon Bank Management Programme
  5. Continuation of “End User Incentive programme”
  6. Monitoring the NCAP activities

Continuations of Customs Officers and Technicians Training activities are implemented with the assistance of UNEP and for all the other programmes UNDP/Government of Japan provide the assistance. Most of these activities are targeted to be completed by 2010.  Since the incentive & monitoring programmes are in progress under the RMP, continuation of such activities under NCAP will not be initiated until RMP components are totally completed.

    .......Insentive Programme for the Commercial and Industrial
       refrigeration End user - UNDP
    The objective of this project is to phase out CFCs (R-12 and R-502) consumption in the Commercial and Industrial refrigeration end user sectors through the payment of financial incentive to enterprises to convert or replace exiting Refrigeration equipment working with R-12 or R-502 refrigerant.
NOU was able to formulate granting of incentive payment to Lanka Canneries Ltd to retrofit two refrigeration systems worked with CFC 12 to HFC 134a. Lanka Canneries Ltd was granted payment of US$ 965.00 as incentive to coplete the process.
    ..........Recovery Recycling Programme

In order to enhance the recovery and recycling capacity and to promote recovery and recycling operation, the strategy is to distribute Recovery/Recycling machines to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning workshops in through out the country
Under the Recovery & Recycling Programme of the National Compliance Action Plan (NCAP) funded by the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the NOU  grant the Recovery/Recycling equipments and Accessories  in view of workshops & technical institutions will take full benefit from equipment granted and to prevent emission of Ozone depleting  refrigerant (CFC /HCFC)  to the atmosphere while servicing and maintaining of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning systems.

    ..........Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Retrofit Programme -UNDP

The objective of this project is to implement a National Recovery and Recycling project in the Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) sector.  Implementation of this project will lead to reduce the amount of refrigerant currently being vented both in repairs and maintenance activities.  The recovered refrigerant will help to reduce dependency on import of virgin refrigerant and also help to meet the requirement of CFC after termination of import by the end of 2007.
As retrofit of CFC-12 based MAC systems to HFC-134a is feasible and NOU has taken initiative to promote retrofitting through various awareness programmes. The Government has recognized that providing funds to retrofit all CFC-12 MAC is not feasible and therefore it was proposed to fund for retrofitting of 200 government vehicles and publicize the activity to raise awareness and interest of the public.

    .......Monitoring - UNDP

Following activities in monitoring were carried out as scheduled

  • Carrying out a suvey on the use of Recovery & ecuc;omg eqio[,emt dostrobited idmer RMP
    • Collectig data on wokshops to select suitable recipient of equipment that will be recived under NCAP

    .......Technician Training Programme (completed) - UNEP

The Technician Training Programme on Good Practices in Refrigeration was established for

  • Reducing the emissions & consumption of ODS used in refrigeration sectors by improving good practices in servicing and maintaining sectors.

  • ncreasing awareness among technicians and other personnel engaged in the refrigeration sector.
  • isseminating information on currently available CFC free technology.
  • ntroducing modern technologies such as recovery, recycling, charging and prevention of possible leakage of such refrigerants

    Commenced in June 2001 as part of the Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) - Project       No. SRI/32/TRA/17

    With assistance of UNEP under the Montreal Protocol

    Aimed at strategically phasing out the ozone depleting refrigerants in Sri Lanka

  •     .......Custom Officers Training (completed) - UNEP
        Sri Lanka ratified the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layere (ODS) in 1989. Therefore Sri Lanka is bound by the obligations under the Montreal Protocol and required to phase out ODS accordingly to the Protocol's target. Most commonly consumption area of ODS in Sri Lanka reports in the refrigeration sector. Therefore Refrigeration Management Plan (RMP) was establihsed under the National Ozone Unit of Sri Lanka to over come the matter. Custom officers training programme is one of the programmes under the RMP. Activities of the customs officers training programme on ODS commenced in August 2001. From the date onwards training was given to Customs Officers and other stakeholders to detection of ODS and prevention of illegal trade of ODS. In order to identify ODS (Refrigerants) 04 refrigerant identifiers were provided to Sri Lanka Customs by the NOU and those identifiers are located at Customs lab, Air cargo division, Gray line yard I and Gray line yard II.
        .......Halon Bank Management - (completed) UNEP

    The National Halon Bank Management Plan (HBMP) of Sri Lanka approved in the 43rd meeting of the ExCom of the Multilateral Fund of Montreal Protocol.  The HBMP of Sri Lanka is composed of the following main components which are implemented by the National Ozone Unit in cooperation with UNEP/ROWA as the main implementing agency.

    • Formulation of Halon Bank Management strategies at the national level 
    • Provision of technical assistance to Halon users.

    The development of a national HBMP allows Sri Lanka to maintain its current Halon levels for critical fire protection requirements. Further awareness creation programmes had been conducted through out the island and data collection on alternatives for halon has been continued.

    Methyl Bromide Project (MBr) (completed)






    Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP)










    Main objective of the RMP is to provide lasting improvements in the maintenance and servicing procedures currently being employed in the country.  This project was initiated in 2001 with the idea of assisting the trade and industry to comply with the expedite phase out schedule of CFCs in 2007.  The RMP for Sri Lanka was approved at the 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Protocol.  The following four programmes were initiated under the RMP.

    • Programme of Train the trainers and training refrigeration  service technicians
    • Programme  for Customs Officers training
    • Incentive programme for industrial & commercial end users
    • Monitoring RMP activities

    Training programmes for Custom Officers and Refrigeration Service Technicians had been completed successfully.
    Incentive programme for industrial & commercial end users and Monitoring of RMP activities will continue till the end of 2010.


        .......Incentive Programme for the Commercial and Industrial
           refrigeration End user - UNDP

    The Montreal Protocol sets the minimum requirements that Parties must adhere to in respect of control and eventual phase-out of production and consumption of the Ozone Depleting Substances. However, Developing Countries are free to set more stringent targets and are encouraged to do so with technical and financial assistance from The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to advance the phase-out schedule, with the aim of a total phase-out by 2008

    The Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol

    The Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol was established by the Contracting Parties to assist Developing Countries meet their obligations under The Montreal Protocol. The MLF is based on agreed financial contributions from the Developed Countries, and the Developing Countries are the beneficiaries.

     Sri Lanka has already benefited from assistance from the MLF in the form of institutional strengthening projects, projects to eliminate the consumption of CFCs in the manufacture of aerosol containers and refrigerators, a project to recover and recycle CFC refrigerants, and a Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) to achieve the reductions in consumption and eventual phase-out of CFCs in the refrigeration sector.  

    At the 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund held in December 2000, several new projects were approved to assist Sri Lanka to comply with its obligations under the Montreal Protocol to phase-out CFC consumption. One of these was an Incentive Programme Project for the Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration End-User Sector.


    Hydrochloroflourocarbon Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) for Sri Lanka





    HCFCs, which have ozone depleting potential (ODP) up to 15% of CFCs are also classified as controlled substances under Annex-C Group -1 of the Montreal Protocol. HCFC therefore, have use restrictions and would eventually have to be phased-out. The 19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in September 2007, through its decision adopted an accelerated phase-out schedule for Annex C Group 1 substances, Hydrochloroflourocarbon (HCFCs). The 54th Meeting of the Executive Committee in April 2008 through decision 54/39, adopted guidelines for preparation of HCFC phase-out management plans.
    The first control is the freeze on production and consumption of HCFC from 1st of January 2013. Subsequent control steps are 10% reduction by 2015, 35% reduction by 2020, 67.5% by 2025, 97.5% by 2030 and complete phase out from 1st of January 2040. (Inception workshop) (Stakeholder workshop)

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