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Nigeria to achieve 35% reduction of ozone depleting substances

Nigeria is on track to achieving 35% reduction of ozone depleting substances.

Through its phase-out program, Nigeria has been assisting over 600 large small and medium scale enterprises in the Foam, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Aerosols, Fire protection and solvent sectors to convert to Ozone friendly substances and technologies.

The country’s environment minister, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, said this in Abuja as Nigeria marked the 2020 world ozone day.

“To demonstrate this, under my leadership, the upgrade of a one of two of such in Africa System House at Vitapour Nig. Ltd (a subsidiary of Vitafoam Nig. Ltd), for the formulation of Ozone-friendly systems in the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam was completed in 2019 and is ready for commissioning.”

Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Nigeria’s minister of Environment

He stressed that studies have shown that replacing climate potent gases creates an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of cooling equipment by 10-50 per cent thereby significantly reducing energy cost to consumers and businesses.

Climate Action

The Minister enjoined Nigerians to be steadfast in their efforts to limit climate change impact even as the world grapple with the challenge of Covid-19.

“As we deal with the impacts of the global pandemic, it is pertinent to be conscious of climate action as it could cause even more misery and disruption than Covid-19: we must therefore be resolute in our efforts to limit it.”

Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Nigeria’s minister of Environment

He added that despite global challenge occasion by the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on the nation’s health and economy, the ministry remained resolute in its resolve to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances and activities.

The world ozone layer day came into being 35 years ago following the ratification of the Vienna Convention aimed at ensuring global ozone layer protection.

In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

On 16th September 2009, the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol became the first treaties in the history of the United Nations to achieve universal ratification.