Ozone day celebrated

From left: West Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association president Ajesh Gounder, Ministry of Environment permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe, Nadi Town Council chief executive offi cer Craig Powell, Minister for Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy, Director for Environment Sandeep Kaur Singh and FRCS staff member Mohammed Shameem during the World Ozone Day celebrations in Nadi yesterday. Picture: ANISH CHAND

Fiji is on track to complete the total phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, says Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy.

He made the comments during a celebration to mark World Ozone Day in Nadi yesterday.

“Our theme this year, Ozone for Life: 35 years of ozone protection, reflects on the years of international co-operation protecting the ozone layer,” he said.

Dr Reddy said over the past 10 years, Fiji has decreased production and consumption of HCFCs.

“We are on track in achieving the complete phasing out of HCFCs by 2030 under the Montreal Protocol.”

He said a concerted effort was required to reach the goal.

“We can build a safer and resilient world for everyone while protecting our planet, our only home.”

Dr Reddy said the Montreal Protocol has led to the phasing out of 99 per cent of ozone depleting chemicals in refrigerators, airconditioners and many other products across the globe.

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