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MoEFCC celebrates 29th World Ozone Day

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Montreal Protocol: Fixing the Ozone Layer and Reducing Climate Change

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), celebrated the 29th World Ozone Day here today. World Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September each year to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol, an international environmental treaty for phasing out of production and consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances, that came into force on this day in 1987.

World Ozone Day is celebrated every year to spread awareness among people about the depletion of Ozone Layer and the measures taken/ to be taken to preserve it. The Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has been celebrating the World Ozone Day since 1995 at the National and State levels.

The theme for World Ozone Day 2023 is “Montreal Protocol: fixing the ozone layer and reducing climate change”.

Ms. Leena Nandan Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was the Chief Guest for the event. Addressing the event, she emphasized that India has been proactive in the Montreal Protocol implementation and highlighted achievements of the

country and the new initiatives being taken for preparing for implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol for phase down of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

She commended the children for their overwhelming response in the competitions organised by the Ministry on the theme. The Chief Guest also highlighted about the other initiatives of the MOEFCC including LIFE mission and the synergies amongst various activities for protection of the environment.

Shri Atul Bagai, Head UNEP India office and Ms. Isabelle Tschan, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India office also addressed participants.

The key highlights of the function include:

Release of Awareness Materials

Release of winning entries of National level Poster and slogan competitions for school children.

To create awareness among the students to protect the Ozone Layer, competitions in the categories of Poster and Slogan Writing were organized for school children across the country. For the Poster category, 4686 entries were received and 1466 entries in slogan writing category respectively through a web portal developed for the purpose. The winning entries were finalized by a panel of judges.

25th edition of “The Montreal Protocol: India’s Success Story” highlighting India’s achievements in the Montreal Protocol Implementation in phasing out of Ozone Depleting Substances till date.

Release of Publications

Action Plan for implementation of the recommendations of the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) for (a) Domestic Manufacturing and Production Sector – Alternative Refrigerants and technologies (b) Research and Development and (c) Servicing Sector.

The action plan for each of the 3 thematic areas has been finalized after mapping of the recommendations given in the ICAP with the on-going government programmes/schemes and the proposed actions by different agencies, after extensive discussions with all the concerned stakeholders including line ministries/departments.

Stage-III of the HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP), to be implemented from 2023 to 2030 to meet the HCFC phase out compliance obligations of 2025 and 2030. Phase out of HCFCs in manufacturing of new equipment must be completed by 31.12.2024 and complete phase out of HCFCs as on 1.1.2030 for all controlled applications.

Study Report on “Sustainable e-commerce cold chain infrastructure”. aims to promote measures for developing e-commerce infrastructure for cold chain which would result in overall development of the cold chain sector in a sustainable manner.

Study report on “Public Procurement Policies for Hiring Trained and Certified Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Service Technicians” aims to examine the benefits associated with the utilization of trained and certified technicians, to evaluate the influence of their specialized knowledge not only in improving the performance of the equipment, but also promoting the energy efficiency of the equipment through good servicing practices.

Documentary Films

Animation video of messages by Prakriti on Ozone Layer Protection

Documentary film on India’s Success Story on implementation of Montreal Protocol.

The winning entries for poster and slogan competitions and the above-mentioned publications were also be released in the function by the Chief Guest.

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