Through this project, Egypt will phase-out the remaining use of HCFC-141b in the foam sector. While under a separate project PU foam in domestic refrigeration is addressed, the same could not be done for commercial refrigeration because most of these companies are too small for individual consideration. Some of them have been added to HPMP-I but those served by distributors and/or importers have been grouped together to achieve economy of scale. With this action, the entire PU foam sector that is eligible for phase-out funding is thought to be addressed. Remaining companies are foreign owned and mostly have their own ODS phase-out program.
Upon completion of this project, The Government of Egypt will forbid HCFC use in the foam sector. In addition, UNDP plans to phase-out the use of HCFCs in the extruded polystyrene plank manufacturing sector. A total of four producers have been identified and included in this project. The technology of choice is a blend of HFO-123ze and DME (60/40) which classifies as low GWP. As the HFO component is currently in short supply, the companies may use an HFC as interim solution.