Environment Ministry Liaison Officer Dr Christmas say Dominica must completely phase out ODS by 2013
Health & Environment Ministry Liaison Officer Dr Martin Christmas has revealed that Dominica must completely phase out ozone depleting substances (ODS) by the deadline year 2013. Ozone substances which deplete the ozone layer, are used in air conditioners, refrigerators, fire extinguishers, in dry cleaning, as solvents for cleaning, electronic equipment, and as agricultural fumigants.
This 2030 deadline was revealed by Liaison Officer in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, Dr. Martin Christmas on Wednesday 28th June 2017. He added that for Dominica, the management phase-out deadline date of December 2030 is not much time”, considering the large number of refrigerators and AC units that are presently in homes, offices, and vehicles Dominica. He added that successful implementation of this phase-out plan requires input of government officials, and the private sector working together.
Dr Christmas was addressing the opening ceremony of a training workshop for customs and other law enforcement officers, on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at the Fisheries Complex, on behalf of Health Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux.
He stated that “Limiting and ultimately ending the use and emission of HCFCs in the atmosphere, will not only protect our ozone layer, but will also combat climate change. So essentially, by implementing the phase out management plan of HCFCs, we are killing two birds with one stone,”
He noted that as the Nature Isle, we must set the example by phasing out harmful HCFCs, and begin using more environmental friendly refrigerants, that are now available on the market.
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