Summary of Fisheries Demonstration Project
Certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer amongst which is HCFC-22. At present, the fishing industry and particularly, fishing vessels use HCFC-22 for refrigeration and freezing applications during sea borne fishing operations. Due to maintenance and the rough sea conditions, these vessels experience significant loss of refrigerants while at sea. This results in higher levels of HCFC-22 consumption in the country.
This demonstration project aims to identify and establish suitability of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) free low Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternatives in fisheries applications in the Maldives. Accordingly, the project will identify low GWP alternatives that can replace HCFC-22 used in these vessels, processes for replacing HCFC-22 based refrigeration equipment used in fishing vessels, good practices that can be adopted for reducing refrigerant consumption and policies that can help in reducing HCFC-22 use in fishing vessels.
If successful, the demonstration project will contribute towards reduction in HCFC-22 consumption in existing fishing vessels and long-term reduction in HCFC-22 consumption in fishing industry. The experiences and knowledge gained in this project would be helpful for countries that use HCFC-22 in fishing industry applications.