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‘Govt encourages eco-friendly technologies’

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  • 17 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Govt encourages eco-friendly technologies’

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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin on Thursday said the government is promoting environmentally-friendly technologies to protect the ozone layer which will help open the door for export of air conditioners manufactured in Bangladesh.

He also discussed the implementation of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan Stage-2 project which is aimed at eliminating the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) completely.

The minister was addressing an open discussion organised by the Department of Environment on the occasion of World Ozone Day 2021 on Thursday under the theme “Montreal Protocol- keeping us, our food and vaccines cool”.

The government is providing special opportunities for manufacturers of refrigeration and air-conditioning products to pay taxes and VAT, said Shahab.

The government has taken initiative to promote refrigeration as one of the sectors after garment industry to encourage export, he added.

The minister further said Bangladesh is one of the partners in the success of the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol adopted to protect the ozone layer.

The role of the Montreal Protocol in making the refrigeration system up-to-date and environmentally-friendly in preserving food and vaccines is commendable.

Bangladesh has passed all the stages of implementation of the Montreal Protocol in a timely manner and is complying with the obligations of the Protocol.

Although hydrochlorofluorocarbons have extremely low ozone depletion capacity, they have a high potential for global warming. Therefore, work is underway to phase out HCFCs used in air conditioning, fire fighting and foam sectors.

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Mostafa Kamal chaired the meeting.

Representatives of various government and non-government organisations participated in the event.