Friday, April 30, 2010

RP Hosts Environment Meeting on Ozone Layer

The Republic of the Philippines, through the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, hosted the 2010 Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) Network Meeting of Ozone-Depleting Substance Officers at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

Held last April 26–29, the event saw to the attendance of at least 30 participants from 12 different countries, who discussed important policies, strategies, and action plans to enable countries to comply with obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Also included in the topics discussed in the four-day meeting were the sustainability of the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase out management plans, issues on ODS banks, and climate benefits of ODS projects, among others.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances the Deplete the Ozone Layer is an environmental agreement among 196 countries, where members have committed to reduce and eventually eliminate their production of ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as CFC and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), which are used as cooling agents and refrigerants.

Considered as the most successful international agreement to date, as it is the only one ratified by all 196 countries around the world, the Montreal Protocol was responsible for the 100% phase out of CFC production and consumption. The Protocol also has resulted to the avoidance of an equivalent to 135 billion gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents between 1990 and 2010.

Participants included ODS officers from Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singrapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

The regional network was organized by the United Nations Environment Program under its Compliance Assistance for the Montreal Protocol, which conducts biannual meetings to facilitate the exchange of information among ODS officers, implementing agencies, and resource personnel.


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