Namibia committed to adopting ozone friendly substances: Tweya

12 Nov 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia made considerable progress in phasing out ozone depleting substances and adopting ozone and climate friendly technologies, the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has said.
Tjekero Tweya made the remarks in a statement he delivered during the 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Quito, Ecuador on Thursday.
Tweya, in the statement sent to the media on Monday, said Namibia has totally phased out Chlorofluorocarbons [CFCs] in 2008, while it remains committed to eliminating Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in all sectors during the period of 2012-2020.
The phase-out schedule for Namibia is based on an accelerated approach under the Montreal Protocol, Tweya said.
Due to the country’s commitment, the HCFC consumption has already been drastically reduced by 80 per cent from the baseline, according to him.
“Namibia has enacted HCFC regulations which prohibits importation of equipment designed for the usage of HCFC and established a quota system for HCFC imports/exports aiming to maintain records and ensure that reduction in HCFC imports are achieved,” the minister said.
Tweya added that additionally, Namibia’s HCFC phase-out strategy is aligned with the key result areas which include productive utilisation of natural resources, environmental sustainability of the Fifth National Development Plan and the carbon neutrality policy of the country.
Namibia has declared to become carbon neutral by 2030 and as such, the country wants to phase out HCFC consumption by 2020, 10 years earlier than 2030 in order to allow for a smoother transformation to industrialisation.
“This is the broad policy the country is adopting at the moment in all fields such as energy generation, energy efficiency and emission reduction.”
Tweya said the replacement of HCFCs with HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) has resulted in its rapidly increasing consumption rate, which in itself presents another global challenge since HFCs are extremely powerful global warming gases.
He said proactively, parties to the Montreal Protocol have risen to address this challenge by adopting the Kigali Amendment whose entry into force has already been met.
The minister noted that this will not only benefit the global climate, but also a large proportion of the global populations which have limited means of adaptation to the threats of climate change.
The Montreal Protocol, finalised in 1987, is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances.