Mon­treal Pro­to­col most suc­cess­ful agree­ment: Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: Head of the Ozone divi­sion and Na­tional Ozone of­fi­cers at Kuwait’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Author­ity Yaqoub Al-Ma­touq af­firmed that the Mon­treal Pro­to­col which pro­tects the strato­spheric ozone layer with 197 mem­ber states, is one of the most suc­cess­ful agree­ments in the field. In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Ma­touq said that as Kuwait’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, he headed the 30th Meet­ing of the Par­ties (MOP 30) to the Mon­treal Pro­to­col which was held in Quito, Ecuador. He ex­pressed deep sat­is­fac­tion to­wards mem­ber states’ ef­forts in suc­cess­fully halt­ing de­ple­tion of the ozone layer, an­nounce­ments of grad­ual re­cov­ery and a full re­cov­ery by 2060.

Ma­touq added that Ecuado­rian Pres­i­dent Lenin Moreno opened the meet­ing which was sched­uled for the 5-9 of Novem­ber, with pres­ence of a num­ber of Min­is­ters and Of­fi­cials from more than 150 coun­tries. The par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions dis­cussed many im­por­tant en­vi­ron­ment is­sues, es­pe­cially those linked to pro­tect­ing the ozone layer and the in­volve­ment of the mem­bers in this is­sue along with con­tri­bu­tions of some cool­ing modes from new tech­nolo­gies on the phe­nom­e­non of global warm­ing, Ma­touq added. The par­tic­i­pants shed light on op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies in re­duc­ing hy­droflu­o­ro­car­bons (HFC), which af­fects en­ergy con­sump­tion due to ex­ces­sive use of Air Con­di­tion­ing de­vices es­pe­cially in those hot en­vi­ron­ments of which Kuwait is amongst. The mem­ber also dis­cussed “with great con­cern and at­ten­tion” the un­ex­pected emis­sions of Meth­ane Chlo­ride Gas (CFC-11) af­ter world­wide na­tions in Jan­uary of 2010 an­nounced halt­ing the pro­duc­tion and trade of this gas, sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fit­ing the ozone layer. — KUNA

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