Government promotes ozone friendly technology in the country
Islamabad: Senior Advisor Climate Change and Development, Dr Ishfaq Ahmed, has said that 196 member countries of the world have signed the Montreal Protocol which shows the commitment from entire world to tackle the problem of the depletion of ozone layer, which is essential for sustained life on the Earth Planet.
He stated this while addressing “Workshop on HCFC Phase-out: A Unique Opportunity” here today organized by Ozone Cell, Planning Commission, Planning and Development Division as a part of their efforts to increase the awareness about the Ozone Layer and activities pertaining to the Montreal Protocol.
Dr. Ishfaq further said that it is encouraging to see that world community has decided to face this menace, collectively. The Ozone Layer, which is so essential for life on earth, is unfortunately being depleted due to a few man-made chemicals. From Vienna convention in 1985, we have travelled a long distance and Montreal Protocol in 1987 is recognized as a sample of success in this field, he added.
Pakistan is fully committed to its international obligations towards protecting the earth and it fragile atmosphere and we are making all out efforts to achieve the target for phasing out the use of Ozone Depleting Substances and conversion of concerned industries into Ozone-friendly technology.
We have, successfully, phased out the 1st Generation of ODS by the required date of 31st December 2009 and thus have stayed compliant to Montreal Protocol.
The Senior Advisor Climate Change and Development narrated that the global community especially the developing countries are now facing the challenge of the elimination of Hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) in foam and refrigeration industry. It is a second kind of Ozone Depleting Chemical Substance which although has low Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP), yet it possesses high Global Warming Potential (GWP).
Keeping in view this phenomenon, the member countries to the Montreal Protocol have to freeze its consumption in 2013 at the average of 2009-2010 and then gradually eliminate its consumption from 2015 to 2030.
Muhammad Ashraf Joint Secretary (IC) / National Project Director (Ozone Cell) Planning Commission, Planning and Development Division has said that the Montreal Protocol is the most successful Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA).The year 2010 was unique in the Montreal Protocol regime, where first day of the year has achieved an important landmark when the production and consumption of non-exempted CFCs, CTC and halons have been phased out globally.
He said that Montreal Protocol has not only protected the stratospheric ozone but it has also immensely benefited the climate system. The ODSs are potent Green House Gases (GHG) and these gases were not included in Kyoto basket of gases for emission controls.
As per expert estimates, by 2010, the Montreal Protocol would reduce GHG emissions by 11 Giga tonnes CO2 equivalent per year. Muhammad Ashraf thanked the UN agencies for their continued support to the Implementation of Montreal Protocol in Pakistan. UNDP for the Institutional Support , UNIDO for the investment phase of the HPMP and UNEP for the continued guidance in technical aspects of Montreal Protocol.
The National Ozone Programme Officer mention that over the past 18 years, since Pakistan ratified the Montreal Protocol, the Ozone Cell, has undertaken several policies and measures to facilitate implementation of the Protocol.
The actions primarily include projects undertaken with the industry , policies and regulatory actions, creating awareness among the stakeholders, training and capacity building and information exchange on ODS phase-out. These actions have resulted in successful implementation of all the individual projects and multiyear projects in various sectors like CTC and CFC removal.
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