Assembly members, stakeholders sensitized on how to protect the ozone layer


United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organized a two-day sensitization workshop for members of the Ahanta District Assembly -West and Shama on human activities that deplete the ozone layer and how to reduce emissions in the stratosphere.

The ‘Ozone for Life’ workshop was part of the activities to mark World Ozone Day and enabled Assembly members to broaden their understanding of the Montreal Protocol and how best to recover. ozone layer.

The Director of Energy Resources, Climate Change and Ozone in Accra, Mr. Emmanuel Osae-Quansah, who was the main moderator of the workshop, has since said that the United Nations General Assembly announced on September 16 For the celebration of the World Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, two municipal assemblies were each selected in the Western, Central, Eastern and Ashanti regions to sensitize the assemblies to the need to protect the ozone layer and the climate change.

He said a lot of effort was needed for the gradual healing of the ozone layer, adding that “the concentration of the ozone layer in the stratosphere would peak by the middle of the 21st century if all parts to the Montreal Protocol and its amendments complied with it “. with their phase-out schedules.

He urged developing countries to learn from developed countries and to stop using identifiable products and chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.

Mr. Osae-Quansah advised all stakeholders to commit to protecting the environment from air pollution that has impacted the protective ozone layer and the global climate.

A national consultant to UNDP / EPA / HPMP, Mr. Johnson B. Haysford, who led a discussion on the use of refrigeration and air conditioning, said: Effects of bad refrigerators on the ozone layer.

He said the law banning the use of imported refrigerators was still in effect.

Mr Haysford revealed that Ghana was spearheading a global meeting in October this year on the Montreal Protocol as part of action to end the use of bad chemicals that deplete the layer of oil. ‘ozone.

Mr Haysford said that although refrigerators play a major role in food safety and the preservation of health and life establishments, poor human practices in refrigeration are having dire consequences for the environment.

He stressed the need to respect the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement which oblige all nations to reduce Green House emissions.

Mr Hasford called for efficiency gains and renewables in the energy sector as part of climate change action.

Environmental Protection Agency’s Western Deputy Regional Director, Mr. Opoku Mensah, called for the revival of fruit trees in the environment.

He pledged the EPA’s commitment to partner with UNDP to preserve the environment.

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