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Singapore to Include 18 Types of HFCs in Licensing Control System

  •   8 Feb 2018
  •    Ying Zhang
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    Singapore's NEA (National Environment Agency) proposes to control 18 types of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as hazardous substances under the second schedule of EPMA (Environmental Protection and Management Act). The new amendments will be gazetted by 1 June 2018, and will enter into force on 1 January 2019.   

    The licensing of HFCs is initially set up to coincide with Singapore's ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Under the proposed control, companies importing or exporting the listed HFCs (see the table below), whether in a pure or mixture form, should obtain a Hazardous Substances (HS) license from NEA (Pollution Control Department). These companies will be given a 6-month preparation period for new license applications or inclusion of HFCs in their existing licenses. License holders are required to comply with the stipulated licensing conditions.

    Singapore's notification to WTO of proposed licensing control can be found here

    Trade Name

     Chemical Name

     Chemical Formula

     CAS No.

     HFC-134

     1,1,2,2-Tetrafluoroethane

     CHF2CHF2

     359-35-3

     HFC-134a

     1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane

     CH2FCF3

     811-97-2

     HFC-143

     1,1,2-Trifluoroethane

     CH2FCHF2

     430-66-0

     HFC-245fa

     1,1,1,3,3-Pentafluoropropane

     CHF2CH2CF3

     460-73-1

     HFC-365mfc

     1,1,1,3,3-Pentafluorobutane

     CF3CH2CF2CH3

     406-58-6

     HFC-227ea

     1,1,1,2,3,3,3-Heptafluoropropane

     CF3CHFCF3

     431-89-0

     HFC-236cb

     1,1,1,2,2,3-Hexafluoropropane

     CH2FCF2CF3

     667-56-5

     HFC-236ea

     1,1,1,2,3,3-Hexafluoropropane

     CHF2CHFCF3

     431-63-0

     HFC-236fa

     1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoropropane

     CF3CH2CF3

     690-39-1

     HFC-245ca

     1,1,2,2,3-pentafluoropropane

     CH2FCF2CHF2

     679-86-7

     HFC-43-10mee

     1,1,1,2,2,3,4,5,5,5-decafluoropentane

     CF3CHFCHFCF2CF3

     138495-42-8

     HFC-32

     Difluoromethane

     CH2F2

     75-10-5

     HFC-125

     Pentafluoroethane

     CHF2CF3

     354-33-6

     HFC-143a

     1,1,1-Trifluoroethane

     CH3CF3

     420-46-2

     HFC-41

     Fluoromethane (Methyl Fluoride)

     CH3F

     593-53-3

     HFC-152

     1,2-Difluoroethane

     CH2FCH2F

     624-72-6

     HFC-152a

     1,1-Difluoroethane

     CH3CHF2

     75-37-6

     HFC-23

     Trifluoromethane

     CHF3

     75-46-7

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