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Officers meet to discuss ozone protection

A week-long meeting is currently underway in Suva to discuss global challenges faced in ozone protection. The meeting was opened yesterday by the Minister for Local Government,  Environment, and Transport Hon. Parveen Kumar Bala. Minister Bala urged ozone officers and environmentalists to address all aspects of ozone protection, including the mechanism of its operation, reporting, […]

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June 14, 2016 5:40 pm

A week-long meeting is currently underway in Suva to discuss global challenges faced in ozone protection.

Hon Minister for Local Government and Environment Parveen Bala welcomes Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Head, OzonAction at the Joint Network Meeting of Asia and the Pacific National Ozone Officers at GPH (DEPFTO)
Minister for Local Government and Environment Parveen Bala welcomes Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Head, OzonAction at the Joint Network Meeting of Asia and the Pacific National Ozone Officers at GPH. (DEPTFO)

The meeting was opened yesterday by the Minister for Local Government,  Environment, and Transport Hon. Parveen Kumar Bala.

Minister Bala urged ozone officers and environmentalists to address all aspects of ozone protection, including the mechanism of its operation, reporting, monitoring and methods of tracking down illegal ozone depleting substances (ODS).

The participants will also dwell on the successful and effective implementation of the Montreal Protocol 1989 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Group photo of participants at the Joint Network Meeting of Asia and the Pacific National Ozone Officers at GPH (DEPFTO)
Group photo of participants at the Joint Network Meeting of Asia and the Pacific National Ozone Officers at GPH. (DEPTFO)

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere.

Minister Bala called on the participants to understand their roles and responsibilities to the environment and to the general public.

BALA: “An important factor that we have to remember is that we are all consumers, your decisions or advice today will have a large impact on the economy tomorrow. This is noting the importance of Hydro – Chloro Fluro Carbons (HCFCs) in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, cooling, storage, comfort, transportation and food production.”

Challenges faced in the phase-out HCFCs in the fishing sector, destruction of ozone depleting substances, counterfeit products and use of flammable alternative refrigerants will feature strongly in the deliberations over the next few days.

BALA: “It is also important to note that National Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbon Phase-out Plans or policies must be consistent and compliment Government Policies, specifically those that relate to the protection of the environment and our borders.”

Close to 100 ozone officers and environmentalists from the Asia-Pacific region are taking part in the joint meeting organised by United Nations Environment Programme, the Australian Government and the Department of Environment

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