Phase-out of HydroChloroFluoroCarbons in Egypt, Foam Sector (HCFC)

What is this project about?

 Egypt 2014

This project will contribute to Egypt’s efforts to fulfill its commitments under the Montreal Protocol and its amendments through the phase-out of the use of HCFC-141b in its PU insulation foam production sector. This project eliminates 136, 63 ODP t (1224 Mt HCFC-141b)

In terms of its design, the project consists of two distinct parts:

  • Individual approach: An investment package of six (6) stand-alone foam projects: namely Cairo Foam, MOG, FRESH, SECC, Al Fateh and Reftruck.
  • Group project: A system house conversion with investment support to downstream enterprises.

The project includes either replacement of the foam dispensers, or retrofitting of the existing dispensers in the enterprises’ premises and various supporting activities.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Production trials with methyl format systems have already been conducted at plants with satisfactory results.
  • Management and technical staff from companies have attended industrial trials with n-pentane at other locations to become familiar with the chosen technology.
  • Bidding on equipment and bid analyses and review by UNDP and the recipients for all six (6) enterprises has been completed
  • Out of the six (6) stand-alone foam projects: Equipment have been supplied at 5 companies, and installed at 4 of them
  • Implementation agreements for all participating system houses have been drafted and are currently under review by the enterprises with specific care provided to the finalization of downstream customers’ lists for each.
  • Out of the 6 stand alone projects, 4 projects completed and we have been succeeded in phasing-out 37.09 HCFC-141 ODP ( 337.5 MT) and shift to a new ozone friendly technology
  • A new Memorandum of Agreement has been signed from DOW and EEAA and UNDP, for converting DOW’s system house from the use of HCFC-141b- to non-ODS-based technologies in the manufacture of fully formulated PU systems; and to permanently discontinue the use of HCFCs for 14 SME’s as listed in the implementation plan.

Who finances this project?

The Multilateral fund for the implementation of the MONTREAL PROTOCOL

Delivery in previous fiscal year

$768,708.34 (2014)


  • The objective of this project is to phase-out the use of HCFC-141b in the manufacture of rigid and integral skin polyurethane foams in Egypt at all downstream non-refrigeration users by using non-ODS/low GWP technologies and, in this way, contribute to Egypt’s compliance with the Montreal Protocol HCFC phase-out obligations while sharply reducing the industry’s contribution to global warming.
  • The project will contribute to UNDP’s CPAP Environment Outcome: Sustainable management of environment and natural resources incorporated into poverty reduction strategies/ key national development frameworks and sector strategies. The specific project outcome is to reduce HCFC emissions in Egypt according to Montreal Protocol and meeting the set reduction goals for ozone depleting substance emissions
  • The main products manufactured by the foam enterprises are: water heaters; sandwich panels and blocks; spray foam; pipe insulation; decorative foam; and integral skin foams. To accomplish this outcome the project will focus on one output: Conversion of non-appliance foam production to zero-ODP and low GWP alternatives (UNDP)
  • The Government considered it important to seek assistance from all systems houses and suppliers at the same time given the fact that the foam enterprises can purchase FFS from any of them.

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