Swaziland Celebrates Preservation of Ozone layer

Jan 26, 2017

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Swaziland Celebrates Ozone Friendly refrigerators

Stakeholders led by GovernmentStakeholders led by Minister of Tourism and Environment came together to celebrate a major milestone in Ozone Preservation. (Photo: UNDPSZ Communication)

As the world commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer, Swaziland had more than just the day to celebrate with an environmental milestone of ozone friendly refrigerators manufactured in the Kingdom. This comes after the successful conversion of HCFC 14 1b pre- blended polyol in foam manufacturing to cyclo-pentane initiatives. The country identified that the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry consumes a significant amount of HCFC, which contains large amounts of ozone depleting substance. HCFC do not only deplete the Ozone Layer but are also contributing to emission of Greenhouse Gases responsible for global warming and extreme effects of climate change. This is a project funded by UNDP through the Swaziland Environment Authority (SEA) and was handed over to Palfridge in May. This contributes to the significant reduction of the consumption of ozone depleting substances from 69.6 metric tonnes in 2009 to 18.5 metric tonnes in 2015 for the country as a whole, another milestone noted by the Minister of Tourism and Environment Jabulani Mabuza. “While much has been accomplished, much remains to be done in a world that is ready to work towards mitigating the threats of climate change and building climate change resilient nations through the elimination of the HCFC to protect the ozone layer,” he said. He applauded the cooperation of the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA) with SEA during the period of replacing some applications with ozone- friendly technologies, as well as monitoring the importation of ozone depleting substances (ODS). Palfridge Maintenance Manager Humphrey Nyapokoto stated that they pride themselves in being the first in the Southern African region to achieve this milestone of totally removing HCFC component in their manufacturing of air-conditioning and refrigeration products. UNDP was commended for the support of the Palfridge’s innovative model of ‘tackling the issue of ODS through business,’ which does not only contribute to preservation of the ozone but offers employment to over 50 Swazis. This contributes to Melvin Du-pont from the Swaziland Refrigeration and Air- conditioning Association added that they were now training a number of technicians to service without the use of the HCFC component. Each speaker at the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer held this month applauded the achievement for the country. PS Emmanuel Dlamini said this was a demonstration that the global community was still capable to achieve great things working together. Swaziland has been previously recognized by the Montreal Protocol Secretariat for the effort demonstrated to significantly decrease the consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) in the country in September 2012, receiving a certificate from UNEP for the strides made by the Kingdom in phasing out ODS. National policies, regulatory frameworks and licensing mechanism to monitor the sustained phasing-out of the ODS have been established. Over 300 individuals from various national stakeholders including Customs Border staff, national technicians from medium to small-scale businesses, and tertiary institutions, have received training and equipment for retrofitting purposes.