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The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer will be observed on September 16 under the theme: Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come.

That day will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

In observing this landmark, the National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage has combined the theme with the message of the impending freeze and subsequent phasing out of the importation of the hydrochlofluorocarbons (HCFC refrigerant gases) locally.

The theme for that phasing out campaign is: Use Ozone and Climate Friendly Technologies to Protect Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: HCFC Phase Out 2013-2030 – Get Ready.

To draw attention to these significant dates, Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, will host a media briefing and presentation on Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ministry’s offices, on the First Floor of the S.P. Musson Building, Hincks Street, St. Michael.

This event will be used to highlight the past, ongoing and future direction of the national Ozone Depleting Substances, and present tools and public awareness material to key stakeholders.

Barbados was a signatory to the Montreal Protocol in 1992. That protocol speaks to the removal of substances which are harmful to the ozone layer. Barbados is presently in the process of preparing a phase-out management plan that will govern the eventual discontinuance of HCFCs in the country.


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