Over 2 million skin cancer cases may prevents by Montreal Protocol each year
NOU: The Ministry of Climate Change, National Ozone Unit in collaboration with Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) organized an interactive awareness workshop on standards in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
The workshop was aimed to highlight the global efforts of Pakistan for preserving the Earth and its fragile atmosphere. Pakistan has made a major headway to achieve targets fixed under the Montreal Protocol for phasing out the use of ozone depleting substances and conversion of ODS-based industries into Ozone-friendly technology. Montreal Protocol is a Protocol to Vienna convention for protecting the Ozone Layer.
One way to address the challenge of the preservation of the ozone layer is introduction of proper standard for ODSs handling, safety standards, performance standards, practice standards and quality standards to become part of the solution to this daunting challenge.
Muhammad Ashraf, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Muhammad Khalid Siddique, Director General, PSQCA, Dr. Zaigham Abbas, National Program Manager, National Ozone Unit, Ministry of Climate Change, Engr. Shabbir A. Qureshi, Director (Standardization) PSQCA, Engr. Asif Mirza, Product Manager, Clipsal, Kashif Butt, K. Electric, and Wajid Khan, Product Development Manager, Dawlance Pvt. Ltd and officials from government and private organizations participated in the workshop and shared their international experiences in the field of refrigeration sector.
Highlighting the effectiveness of this interactive workshop, Muhammad Ashraf, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, said that, it is significantly important to strengthen Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector in the country. He also talked about Montreal Protocol policy and its practice being adopted by National Ozone Unit, Ministry of Climate Change.
Dr. Zaigham Abbas, National Program Manager, National Ozone Unit, Ministry of Climate Change said that, protection of Ozone Layer is the ultimate objective of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer which allows life on earth to prosper. While highlighting its benefits , he said that, by year 2030, the Montreal Protocol may be preventing 2 million cases of skin cancer each year. He warned that a world without the Montreal Protocol would have meant more health problems and damage to crops and wildlife.
Muhammad Khalid Siddique, Director General, PSQCA said that it is encouraging to note that Pakistan is on its way to eliminate the use of Ozone depleting substances and is in full compliance with the targets set-out by the Ozone Secretariat. In this context, on 1st January, 2015 Pakistan has achieved the 10 per cent reduction targets of hydrochlorofluorocarbs (HCFCs).