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Pakistan continues to support global efforts for tackling ozone-depleting emissions.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan would continue to support global efforts and contribute to protect human health and environment by completely phasing out the use of Ozone-layer-depleting substances (ODSs) in the country and replacing them with more effective and environmentally safer alternatives in line with the Montreal Protocol.

'The country has been at the forefront in its endeavours to phase out use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) because, ridding the world of 13 different ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), including hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbons (HCFC) and chloro-fluoro-carbons (CFC), is critical to protecting the ozone layer, which protects all life on earth from adverse fallouts of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and its spill-over effect of environment,' said an official of the ministry of the climate change.

He said that after successfully phasing out the first generation of ODSs in Pakistan as a part of global efforts to mitigate climate change the country is now in the process of phasing out HCFCs altogether.

'In Phase-I of the Hydro fluorocarbons Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP), we have almost phased out HCFCs from all our major foam industry. In fact we have phased out 80 tons of Ozone depletion potential (ODP) of HCFC-141b and replaced it with cyclopentane, which is climate and environmental-friendly alternative substance HCFCs.'

'Moreover, the second phase of the HPMP is ready for launching and we hope to expedite this phase with the help of the multilateral funding opportunities and its partner implementing agencies and cooperation with all stakeholders,' he said.

He said that although Pakistan does not manufacture any of the Ozone Depleting Substances, the country has a strict regulatory regime to check imports of these substances, with a system of licensing and quotas for import of HCFCs in place.

Besides, the country is also in process of introducing some additional regulations to streamline future use of substances and equipment in industry.

He said that Pakistan is amongst the top-10 most climate-vulnerable countries and is threatened in many ways, inter-alia, through glacier melting, low crop productivity, scorching summer temperatures, prolonged heat spells, drought and extreme precipitation.

'However, Pakistan is more concerned about the climate-altering emissions at the global level and has been pro-actively working to help the world get rid of all the global warming gases but would prefer to achieve this without compromising on principles and transparency,' he added.

To a question he said, that the ministry is working on climate change issues, capacity building and distribution of resources and involved in research, advice and advocacy at international level.

To another question, he said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed with China after consulting with the relevant departments to introduce the technology for raising ground level water.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Nov 29, 2017
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