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UNDP, Walton sign deal to produce refrigerators

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 January, 2019 12:00 AM
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UNDP, Walton sign deal to produce refrigerators
UNDP Bangladesh Resident Representative Sudipto Mukerjee and Walton Hi-Tech Industries Managing Director SM Ashraful Alam sign an agreement at the conference room of Walton corporate office in the capital on Saturday.

Walton, a local electronic manufacturer, has greatly focused on manufacturing environment-friendly and energy saving refrigerators and compressors.

Of late, the local electronics giant initiated a project to phase out Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are widely used in refrigerators and air conditioners and also contributing to global warming through depleting ozone layer.

To support Walton implementing the project successfully, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined its hand with the local the electronics giant through signing an agreement, which it said the world’s first ‘Complete HFC Phase out Project’.

Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP Bangladesh, and SM Ashraful Alam, Managing Director of Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations at the conference room of Walton Corporate Office in the city on last Saturday.

The agreement signing ceremony was attended, among others, by Walton Group’s Director SM Mahbubul Alam, UNDP Bangladesh’s Assistant Representative Khurshid Alam and Shaila Khan, Climate Change Specialist Mamunur Rashid, Head of Procurement Mariam Akter Rikta, Walton Group’s Executive Directors SM Zahid Hasan, Md. Humayun Kabir, also HFC Phase Out Project’s Coordinator Ashraful Ambia and other high officials.

Highlighting Walton’s effort to keep Bangladesh green, SM Ashraful Alam said, “Conservation of environment is always our top priority and we are glad to take part in this journey with UNDP to save the Ozone layer.”

Sudipto Mukerjee Said, “UNDP is proud to be partner with Walton in the world’s single largest private sector conversion project to save the planet and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 12-Sustainable Consumption and Production.”

Project’s Coordinator Ashraful Ambia said, “Earlier, Walton with the assistance of UNDP was successful in phasing out HCFC completely and HFC partly. Thus, Walton initiated the Complete HFC Phase out Project in association with the UNDP’s support.