Conversion from HCFC for Domestic and Commercial Refrigerators

What is the project about?

Ratification of the Montreal Protocol in 2005 facilitated the country set up mandatory structures for the operationalization of the international instrument including the preparation of the Country Programme (CP) for the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs (MTEA), Swaziland Environment Authority (SEA) National Ozone Unit (NOU) is the coordinating institution for the CP activities and provides the logistical and enforcement mechanisms for the regulations.

The SEA-NOU is also the responsible for awareness raising campaigns to the ODS importers and the general public as well as putting in place regulations to control the import of such chemicals into the country, since Swaziland does not produce ODS but only imports from other countries. The NOU provides policy guidance on the phase out of ODS which include both chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The Hydrofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), facilitated by UNEP, targets the elimination of CFC and HCFCs by 2030.  Investigation undertaken in 2008 revealed that Palfridge Pty Ltd consumes 70 percent of the HCFC-14lb of the national market-tranche.

Note: A special approval condition of the SWA/PHA/63/INV/19 – PALFRIDGE – Conversion from HCFC-14lb in the Manufacture of Polyurethane Rigid Insulation Foam for Domestic and Commercial Refrigerators Project is that UNDP take full account of the requirements of document as approved by the 63rd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund, held in Montreal, Canada in April 2011.


The objectives of project is to ensure timely and sustainable HCFC phase-out through an inter-linked combination of actions: HCFC consumption stock-taking, provision of recovery and retrofit equipment and encouragement for best practices to meet the phase-out targets for HCFCs as stipulated by the Montreal Protocol and national regulations. The project will provide:

  • Technical guidance in the conversion from HCFC-14lb in the manufacture of polyurethane rigid insulation Foam conversion at Palfridge Pty Ltd, and
  • Strengthen the ongoing movement towards non-ODS technology and improved service practices in the refrigeration industry in the country.

UNDP as the implementing agency works with SEA-NOU and facilitate overall reporting to the MLF (Multilateral Fund of the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol) Fund.

What have we accomplished so far

Implementation of activities began in 2012 and achievements thus far are:

  • Purchase of equipment to facilitate the conversion from HCFC-14lb in the manufacture of polyurethane rigid insulation Foam conversion at Palfridge Pty Ltd.
  • Installation of 90 percent (as at July 2013) of the equipment, combined with capacity development for the Palfridge Pty Ltd Staff.
  • Technical expertise facilitated through the UNDP HQ Montreal Unit for certification of compliance to the Montreal   Montreal procedures.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount Contributed
2011 Montreal Protocol - Multi Lateral Fund (MLF) US$ 590, 447.09
2012 Montreal Protocol - Multi Lateral Fund (MLF) US$ 1, 462.91
2013 Montreal Protocol - Multi Lateral Fund (MLF) US$ 76, 038.00
Total Montreal Protocol - Multi Lateral Fund (MLF) US$ 667, 948.00