Namibia celebrates preservation of ozone layer day

16 Sep 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia on Monday joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
Namibia became signatory to the Montreal Protocol in 1993, which sought to control and phase out ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, methyl bromide and hydrochlorofluorocarbons.
Speaking at the commemoration event under the theme ‘32 years and Healing’ here, Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Lucia Iipumbu said since joining the protocol, Namibia has established a national ozone unit within the directorate of industrial development in the ministry to oversee the implementation of Namibia’s obligation to the Montreal Protocol.
She said Namibia was also one of the first countries in Africa to totally phase out CFCs, halons and methyl bromide in 2008, adding that the ministry has embarked on a journey to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbon gases, mainly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
“Namibia has already stopped the importation of products designed to use hydrochlorofluorocarbons and is nearing its phase-out schedule,” she said.
Iipumbu further noted that to give perspective to the magnitude of the development aimed at ensuring that the country meets the protocol’s obligations, the ministry has trained customs officers on how to identify and control the import of ozone depleting substances.
She concluded that, as Namibia celebrates 32 years of the Montreal Protocol, the highlighting of the protocol’s success in healing the ozone layer along with the continued efforts need to be maintained.
“This year’s theme should therefore re-enforce our commitment and collaboration with one another to ensure that the Montreal Protocol objectives are achieved in an integrated holistic manner,” she said.
At the event, 13 Customs and Excise officials were honoured with certificates in recognition of their dedication to combat the illegal trade in ozone depleting substances.