Mon­treal Pro­to­col most suc­cess­ful deal in field

Kuwait takes part in Quito event

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10, (KUNA): Head of the Ozone divi­sion and Na­tional Ozone of­fi­cers at Kuwait’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Author­ity, (Eng.) 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 to KUNA on Satur­day, Al-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.

Al-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, Al-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.

An­other im­por­tant topic on the meet­ing’s agenda is avail­able tech­nolo­gies that elim­i­nate gases of con­trolled sub­stances from re­frig­er­ants re­sult­ing from out-of-ser­vice air con­di­tion­ers.

Al-Ma­touq men­tioned the meet­ing also dis­cussed is­sued linked to con­trolled sub­stances from re­frig­er­ants based on re­quire­ments and amend­ments of the Mon­treal Pro­to­col, which do not af­fect the stock re­quired for dif­fer­ent main­te­nance sec­tors.

A de­ci­sion was is­sued to end any in­crease in pro­duc­tion of the Meth­ane Chlo­ride Gas (CFC-11) and the ne­ces­sity and im­ple­men­ta­tion of it by all 197 mem­ber states.

The meet­ing re­sulted with many pos­i­tive out­comes over the top­ics dis­cussed of which is the mod­i­fy­ing the pro­to­col and re­ports on the de­liv­ery of HFC com­pli­ance data.

Dur­ing his meet­ing, Al-Ma­touq pointed out the chal­lenges faced by the GCC coun­tries specif­i­cally the rapid A/C tech­nol­ogy changes, an is­sue that de­mands en­ergy-ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies with lower en­ergy con­sump­tion taking into con­sid­er­a­tion ur­ban ex­pan­sion and pop­u­la­tion growth in Kuwait.

The MOP 30 was headed for the first time by a GCC ci­ti­zen in­di­cat­ing con­fi­dence and trust of na­tions in Kuwait’s ef­forts in this field as the mem­bers were impressed in Kuwait’s role dur­ing the meet­ing in bring­ing to to­gether all points of views.

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