Turkmenistan holds workshop on preventing illegal trade of ozone-depleting substances
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 4
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The Ozone Center at the Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection held a seminar on measures to prevent illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, Trend reports referring to the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan.
The event held in Turkmenistan’s Lebap Region was organized as part of a joint project of the ministry with the UN Industrial Development Organization and is in line with the plan for the phased reduction of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
Aspects of fulfilling the country's obligations under the Montreal Protocol, the Kigali Amendment and the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, as well as the legislative acts and regulations on the protection of the ozone layer put forward in Turkmenistan, were highlighted during the seminar.
Turkmenistan has ratified all international agreements in this area. At the end of last year, it was reported that 99.95 percent of the main ozone-depleting substances have been phased out in Turkmenistan since 1995. The R-22 remaining in controlled use is planned to be withdrawn by 2040.
The law On the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in the country in 2009. Legislative documents were prepared for comprehensive control of import-export and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. They mostly consist of gases that actively contribute to global warming.
Experts note that the reduction in the use of such substances has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and, as a result, contributed to the containment of climate change processes.