Climate-­friendly technologies adopted

Key result areas include productive utilisation of natural resources, environmental sustainability of the 5th NDP and the country’s carbon neutrality policy.

19 November 2018 | Environment

Namibia has made much progress in phasing out ozone-depleting substances and adopting ozone and climate friendly technologies.

According to the minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development Tjekero Tweya, Namibia phased out Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) a decade ago already, while the country remains committed to eliminating Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in all sectors before 2020.

He made these remarks in at the 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Quito, Ecuador, last week.

According to Tweya, the phase-out schedule for Namibia is based on an accelerated approach under the Montreal Protocol and due to the country's commitment, HCFC consumption has already been drastically reduced by 80% from the baseline.

“Namibia has enacted HCFC regulations which prohibits importation of equipment designed for the use of HCFC and established a quota system for HCFC imports/exports aiming to maintain records and ensure that reduction in HCFC imports are achieved,” he said.



Phase out

Tweya added that Namibia's HCFC phase-out strategy is aligned with the key result areas which include productive utilisation of natural resources, environmental sustainability of the Fifth National Development Plan and the carbon neutrality policy of the country.

Namibia aims to become carbon neutral by 2030 and as such, the country wants to phase out HCFC consumption by 2020 – ten years earlier than 2030, to allow for a smoother transformation to industrialisation. “This is the broad policy the country is adopting at the moment in all fields such as energy generation, energy efficiency and emission reduction.”

The replacement of HCFCs with HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) has resulted in its rapidly increasing consumption rate, which in itself presents another global challenge since HFCs are extremely powerful global warming gases.

– Nampa

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