KATHMANDU, SEP 16 - Nepal has effectively implemented the Montreal Protocol 1987 by doing a remarkable work in the field of minimising the use of chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) -- the major green house gases responsible for the ozone layer depletion, praised experts on Wednesday.
Speaking during a programme on 'International cooperation in ozone layer protection and achieving ozone layer protection with minimum green house gas emission impact' organised to the mark the International Ozone Day, Stephen O. Andersen, a scientist from the United States said that Nepal has taken the leadership among all other developing countries around the world in implementing the Montreal Protocol that is committed to eradicate the use of chemicals that are responsible for ozone layer depletion by 2010.
"Nepal has celebrated the enforcement of ozone depleting substances import control to an exemplary level and has become the only country to successfully implement the Montreal Protocol in South East Asia," he said.
Sitaram Joshi, the director general at the Nepal Bureau of Standard and Metrology (NBSM), said the country is going to declare itself as a CFC-free country by 2010.
The NBSM is the implementing body of the Montreal Protocol which was ratified by Nepal in 1994.
The country aims to decrease the consumption of CFCs including CFC11 and CFC12 to 10 percent annually and finally eradicate the use of CFCs and other chemicals causing ozone depletion by 2010.
Nepal has already been awarded with 'The Montreal Protocol Implementers Award' in 2007 by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) for its exemplary contribution in effective implementation of the protocol and protecting the ozone layer.
The protocol also helps to establish regulations and policies for technology transfers for the developing countries by the developed countries through the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
The government has banned the use of the CFCs and other ozone depleting substances which are mostly used in refrigerators as coolants since 2004.
Posted on: 2009-09-17 01:00