Pak­istan to elim­i­nate Ozone Depleting Sub­stances: Zahid

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change Zahid Hamid Tues­day said Pak­istan was com­mit­ted to ful­fill its obli­ga­tion un­der the Mon­treal Pro­to­col to elim­i­nate Ozone Depleting Sub­stances (ODS). How­ever, he said “The de­vel­op­ing coun­tries should not be fi­nan­cially bur­dened un­der any pro­posed amend­ment in up­com­ing meet­ings on Mon­treal Pro­to­col in Vi­enna.”

The min­is­ter was talk­ing to Am­bas­sador of Euro­pean Union Jean Fran­cois Cau­tain, who called on him, to dis­cuss the mid July Mon­treal Pro­to­col meet­ings sched­uled to be held in Vi­enna, the cap­i­tal of Aus­tria. The Pro­to­col on the Sub­stances that De­plete the Ozone Layer (MP) was signed in 1987 un­der the aus­pices of United Na­tions, said a press re­lease.

The Pro­to­col, which Pak­istan signed in 1992, has ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of elim­i­na­tion of Ozone Depleting Sub­stances (ODS). Since 1992, Pak­istan has suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented var­i­ous ODS phase out pro­grams. The most prom­i­nent of th­ese pro­grams were chlo­roflu­o­ro­car­bons (CFC), car­bon tetra­chlo­ride (CTC), Halons, methyl bro­mide and phas­ing out of CFCs from Metered Dose In­halers (MDIs).

The Mon­treal Pro­to­col has a rolling fund (The Mul­ti­lat­eral Fund) that pays for the agreed in­cre­men­tal costs for shift- ing over CFC’s and now H-CFCs to al­ter­na­tive. In Oc­to­ber 2015 in Dubai, the par­ties reached a con­sen­sus that there will be an HFC amend­ment this year.

“The lack of eco­nom­i­cal al­ter­na­tive op­tions to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, the phas­ing out of ODS should be grad­ual and sup­ported by fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance,” the min­is­ter sug­gested. “Pak­istan has achieved 100% phase out tar­get of th­ese ODS in 2010”, Zahid in­formed the EU en­voy.

From 2011, he said, the Min­istry of Cli­mate Change was phas­ing out Hy­dro chlo­roflu­o­ro­car­bons (HCFCs), adding that there was no in­dige­nous pro­duc­tion of HCFCs and Pak­istan was im­port­ing ODS to meet the in­dus­trial re­quire­ments. “It is great pride for Pak­istan that at the 76th meet­ing of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Mul­ti­lat­eral Fund held 9-13 May, 2016 in Mon­treal, the sec­ond stage of the HCFC Phase-out Man­age­ment Plan for Pak­istan was ap­proved with a to­tal fund­ing of US$ 5.68 mil­lion.

The plan is very am­bi­tious and for­ward-look­ing and will en­able Pak­istan to re­duce its con­sump­tion of HCFCs by 50% in 2020,” he added. The am­bas­sador as­sured to ex­tend its sup­port and help to Pak­istan in up­com­ing meet­ings on Mon­treal Pro­to­col sched­uled to be held in mid July.—APP

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