Smug­glers de­rail ozone con­ser­va­tion ef­forts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

EF­FORTS that Zim­babwe is mak­ing to phase out the use of Ozone De­plet­ing Sub­stances (ODS) in re­frig­er­a­tion and air- con­di­tion­ing are be­ing de­railed by the ram­pant smuggling of the gases into the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia ahead of the In­ter­na­tional Day for the Preser­va­tion of the Ozone Layer, En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate Min­is­ter Op­pah Muchin­guri said il­licit trade in phased out ODS has in­creased glob­ally.

“As we phase out the ozone de­plet­ing re­frig­er­ants and in­tro­duce the ozone and cli­mate friendly ones, il­le­gal trade in phased out Ozone De­plet­ing Sub­stances has in­creased across the globe. Dif­fer­ent smuggling schemes have been used to move banned ODS and con­tam­i­nated re­frig­er­ants across borders,” she said.

“There is need to train our cus­toms of­fi­cers and equip them with skills, knowl­edge and tools to out­wit these il­le­gal ODS traders,” she added.

Min­is­ter Muchin­guri said Zim­babwe was not an ex­cep­tion to the smuggling schemes, adding that her Min­istry was work­ing with the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Author­ity to train cus­toms of­fi­cers and equip them with tools and skills to com­bat il­le­gal ODS trade.

“A to­tal of sixteen re­frig­er­ant iden­ti­fiers have been dis­trib­uted to all ma­jor ports of en­try to help in the de­tec­tion of mis­la­beled re­frig­er­ants. Since Jan­uary 2010, over 350 cylin­ders of con­tam­i­nated and mis­la­belled re­frig­er­ants have been held or seized at our ports of en­try,” she said.

She said work to re­view ODS reg­u­la­tions was also un­der­way.

“My Min­istry with ad­vice from the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice is re­view­ing the ODS reg­u­la­tions in line with lat­est de­vel­op­ments un­der the Mon­treal Pro­to­col. The new reg­u­la­tions will ban im­ports of phased out sub­stances and make it manda­tory for all re­frig­er­a­tion tech­ni­cians and users of re­frig­er­ants to be trained and cer­ti­fied,” she said.

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