ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is fully committed towards global efforts for the conservation of environment and has successfully met 2010 targets through the phasing out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).
The target was set by Montreal Protocol with aim to reinforce the initiatives being taken for the preservation of the Ozone Layer.
Further, the 2015 targets as set for phase out of Hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) accelerated program is being met through the implementation of five projects in residential and commercial refrigeration sector.
Addressing the inaugural session of seminar commenced in connection with International Ozone Day for the preservation of Ozone Layer, National Project Manager, National Ozone Unit, Zaigham Abbas, said the HCFCs having higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) were replaced with natural substances having very low GWP.
It would not only help to preserve ozone layer but also reduce their impact on climate change.
The seminar was organized by the National Ozone Unit, Climate Change Division in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Programme (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and national stakeholders.
Abbas further said the Government has already converted its industry in the foam, refrigeration, metal cleaning and fire fighting sectors from ODS-based technology into Ozone friendly technology through the implementing agencies like UNIDO, UNEP, UNDP and World Bank.
He said the global community especially the developing countries are now facing the challenge of the phase out of HCFC.
Although this ODS has low Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP), yet it possesses high Global Warming Potential (GWP) and also high atmospheric life.
Abbas called upon all national and international key players to intensify HCFC phase out activities with a view to achieving the accelerated HCFC phase out targets within time frame.
He said they should follow the “Country Driven” approach for HCFC phase out reflecting strong commitment of the country and the government in terms of formulating relevant policies, legislation, institutional capacity building, training and awareness activities as well as undertaking technology conversions to environment friendly ones.
In his well come address the NMP apprised that National Ozone Unit, Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan has played a remarkable role with the cooperation of national and international partners for replacing the use of first generation of ODS and has already phased out 100% consumption of these ODS.
However, the emerging new challenge is the accelerated phase out of HCFC. HCFC is used in air-conditioning & foam sector.
He confirmed that the licensing and quota system is fully functional since January 1, 2013.
It is very important for the importers, dealers and industry to join hands with the National Ozone Unit and the implementing agencies for the preparation of HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage-II.
The close coordination between HCFC-based industry, Government and implementing agencies would facilitate the country to smoothly convert the industry to the ozone and climate friendly technology for sake of our existing and coming generations.
The Seminar was also addressed by Essam Alqararah, UNIDO, Country Director and Usman Manzoor, UNDP Representative, who shared information and experience with Pakistani HCFC industry, importers and all other relevant national stakeholders for formulating a viable strategy for the phase out of HCFC in the Residential and Commercial Refrigeration & air conditioning sectors.