Toronto, 18 September India today demanded speeding up of global efforts to ban ozone-depleting chemicals and asked for adequate funding and transfer of related technologies to help developing countries in reducing their emission.
“Adequate funding of environmentally safe substitutes and speedy transfer of related technologies need to be ensured to assist developing countries to cut ozone-depleting chemicals under the Montreal Protocol,” Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Environment told a UN Conference on Environment in Montreal yesterday.
Delegates from almost 200 countries participate in the week-long conference which focuses on ways to eliminate hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), used in air conditioners and fridges, and protect the depleting ozone layer.
The US -- backed by the UN -- wants to move the deadline for phasing out production and use of the substances for developed countries to 2020 from 2030 and to 2030 from 2040 for developing nations.
“India have taken proactive steps for creating awareness and providing adequate training to customs and other officials involved in enforcement of ozone depletion substances (ODSs), Rules and monitoring of trade in ODSs,” he said.
“We see the immediate challenge to meet the freeze of HCFCs in 2016 for which the Body would recommend to the apex body (TEPA) to determine the financial requirement for the next replenishment of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the period 2009-2011,” he said.
“The country has proper rules for phasing out ODSs and periodically reviews its preparedness in various sectors under the Protocol,” he said adding the national regulatory measures have been designed in a manner which encourages using non-ODS based technologies through fiscal incentives.
The international community celebrates 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, aimed at protecting ozone layer that prevents the harmful ultraviolet rays from entering earth’s surface. Holes in the ozone layer are blamed for increased risk of cancer and cataracts in humans.