Faculty Advisor

Madan, Aarti Smith

Faculty Advisor

Madan, Ryan Smith

Project Center

Costa Rica


Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have a global warming potential thousands of times that of CO2 and are ozone-depleting substances. This report evaluates Costa Rica’s HCFC phase-out with a focus on the refrigerant sector. We assessed the progress of the private sector in making technological changes, as well as the regulatory measures that the public sector imposes to ensure a smooth transition to low or non-global warming potential refrigerants. We determined that an end-of-life refrigerant management plan must be implemented. This plan includes the development of a nationwide refrigerator recycling program, progression in a developing destruction operation, implementation of reclamation technology in the private sector, and a transition to natural refrigerant use.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts