In its efforts to protect the Ozone Layer and the Climate, and in accordance with the Montreal Protocol’s provisions, the Federal
Ministry of Environment in collaboration with UNDP, UNIDO, GIZ, World Bank, and UNEP, has been implementing the Montreal Protocol’s Ozone Depleting Substances, ODS, a phase-out program in Nigeria.
The Minister of Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor who disclosed this recently, on the commemoration of the International Day for the preservation of the Ozone layer, said in line with the Protocol’s ODS phase-out schedule, Nigeria has converted the technology line of over 700 enterprises in the Foam, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Aerosols, Fire protection, and Solvent-Making industries to Ozone friendly ones.
This, according to her, has facilitated the 100 percent phasing out of over 4000 Metric Tonnes of both the actual Ozone Depleting Substances, and those with high Ozone Depletion Potentials such as CFCs, Halons, Carbon Tetrachloide and Methyl Bromide.
Explaining further, she said, “ In addition, we identified 26 Institutions (Polytechnics and Government Technical Colleges) that offer Refrigeration and Air conditioning courses and equipped them to serve as Training Centers on Good Refrigeration Practices.
“We have also trained the Trainers from the identified centers and developed Training Manuals on Good Refrigeration Practices. These have led to the training of more than 10,000 Refrigeration Technicians in the Cooling Sector.
In furtherance, we also completed and commissioned an upgraded System House at Vitapur Nig Ltd (a subsidiary of Vitafoam Nig Ltd), for the formulation of Ozone-friendly systems in the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam in 2020.
“In our efforts to further protect the Ozone Layer and the Climate, in accordance with the Montreal Protocol’s provisions of greening the cooling sector, the Ministry, in collaboration with UNDP has developed a National Cooling Plan, which defines the pathway for reducing indirect and direct emissions of Greenhouse gases through enforcement of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) policy for cooling equipment and the phase down of high Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants and foam blowing agents. The National Cooling Plan will soon be launched as we prepare to incorporate it into our Nationally Determined Contributions.
Ikeazor revealed that the Ministry has over 90 trainers in the formal Refrigeration & Air conditioning training centers as well as technicians on best practices to reduce the energy consumption of serviced equipment, leading to eventual energy use reduction in the cooling sector.
She therefore, reiterated Ministry’s commitment to intensify its awareness creation activities on the importance of Ozone Layer Protection, including collaboration with relevant stakeholders, as well as training & effective monitoring of technicians in the affected sectors on Ozone–friendly technologies.
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