EPA validates national Kigali implementation plan on protection of ozone layer

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By Ishmael Dumbuya

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA), on Friday, 2nd February, officially validated the National Kigali Implementation Plan on the effects of HydroFlouroCarboons to the ozone layer.

The validation took place at the Civil Service Training College, Freetown.

Declaring the workshop opened, EPA’s Chief Director, Sheku Mark Kanneh expressed delight for the conduct of the workshop. He added that the Workshop was held in order to heal the ozone layer and to reduce the emission of toxic gases to the ozone layer.

He furthered that since Sierra Leone signed the Montreal Protocol in 2001, the country has made significant gains in the fight against climate change, noting that the Amendment establishes timelines and target to combating Ozone depletion.He underscored that we should be ready as a nation to meet the needs of the people when it involves climate issues.

Bashiru Kargbo, the Principal Ozone Officer stated that HydroFlouroCarbons contribute immensely to climate change in the country, adding that HFCs are widely used between the refrigerating and cooling sectors.

He indicated that the fight against climate change should be inclusive and no one should be left behind. He noted that EPA has regularly engaged stakeholders across the country.

According to him, when the ozone layer is depleted, there are a lot of health hazards involved.

He concluded that together we can fix the ozone layer and reduce climate change, noting that together we can make the planet a better place for everyone.

He ended that the Earth’s protective blanket is the ozone layer therefore it should be protected. He stated that Sierra Leone is a contributing member on the fight against climate change.

Patrick K Lahai, a consultant, noted that protecting the ozone layer from toxic emissions is very significant to the betterment and furtherance of the society.

He stated that data collected in 2022 indicated that the use of mobile ACs contribute to nearly 43.69% of emissions.

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