Speakers at a programme called for taking urgent steps for reducing global warming for the interest of mankind.
They said, “Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), which have global warming potential about 10,800 times higher than that of carbon-dioxide.”The rate of increase in HFCs, the powerful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is estimated to be 10-15% annually. If left unabated, this will cancel out the climate benefits achieved by phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances, they said.
They made the remarks while addressing a programme titled ‘Stakeholders’ Orientation Workshop of Ratification of Kigali Amendment’ at a city hotel in the capital on Monday.
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) organised the event with the support of Christian Aid, UK.
In Bangladesh, HFCs are emitted mainly by air conditioners, freezes, cars and refrigerators, they said, citing a recent study by UNDP that the increase in consumption will be around 100 metric ton per year.
They called for implementing the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment, which are multilateral agreement for preventing excessive ultraviolet radiation from the sun by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances.
Qazi Sarwar Imtiaz Hashmi, additional director general of Department of Environment (DoE), attended the programme as the chief guest.The programme was chaired by Dr A Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS, while Sanjib Biswas, acting country director of Christian Aid, UK, SK Purokaoshth, project manager of ODS Phase Out project, DoE, Mijanur Rahman Bijoy, policy and advocacy specialist of Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh (NCC,B) spoke on the occasion.