Nigeria scales up efforts towards ridding the country of Ozone Depleting Substances

Mar 23, 2017

Earth's ozone layer lies in the stratosphere, lies between 20 - 40 kilometers above the surface of the Earth (Photo khadley.com)

After successfully meeting the target for the Management Plan for phasing out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), Nigeria will commence the second phase. During the first phase, Nigeria had committed to the completion of the 2013 consumption freeze and 2015 10% reduction target.

This came to light when stakeholders representing the Refrigeration & Air Conditioner (RAC) sector which includes the Federal Ministry of Environment, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Association of Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Practitioners (NARAP), Vitapur, PZ, UNIDO and UNDP met in Lagos for consultations on field data estimates for the preparation of Phase II of the project and remaining activities under Phase I.

The meeting identified solutions to data collection bottlenecks faced during the first phase of the project.

Stakeholders at the meeting also agreed that  in the second phase, training and certification on safe handling of flammable refrigerants, commercialization of the HC Plant, sensitization on Ozone and climate-friendly alternatives, supply and distribution of additional machines to beneficiaries in the RACM sector will be among the priorities.

They also agreed to work  towards achieving 35% reduction in HCFCs consumption by 2020 through strengthening of collaboration with chemical regulatory agencies.

The Director of Pollution Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment, represented by Mrs. O.O Agbenla, emphasized the need to deepen collaboration amongst relevant government agencies and other stakeholders in stopping illegal importation of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and implementation of the HPMP.

A special presentation was made by UNDP Egypt, represented by Amir Sabry. Egypt has a similar project developed using technology from Nigeria. The project has been completed and will soon be commercialized.