Statement by the UNDP Country Director a.i. on International Ozone Day

Sep 29, 2016

29 September 2016 (3.00-5.00 pm)

Hoimanti Auditorium, Bangladesh Forest Department, Agargoan


Hon’ble Minister Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju M.P., Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF);

Hon’ble Deputy Minister Mr. Abdullah Al Islam Jakob M.P., MoEF

Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary, MoEF

Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Coordinator, UNEP, Bangkok

Mr. Raisul Alam Mondal, Director General, Department of Environment (DoE)

Mr. Quazi Sarwar Imtiaz Hashmi, Additional Director, DoE and National Project Director of ODS projects

Representatives from government agencies, development partners, media, academia and civil society bodies;

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and the talented young winners of the painting, debate and slogan competitions held to celebrate the international ozone day.

Good Afternoon!

It’s with great pleasure that I attend this International Ozone Day program. I extend my congratulations to all of you for fully phasing out CFCs and meeting Bangladesh’s commitment under the Montreal protocol. UNDP is proud to have been associated with the GoB through this endeavor, and in continuing to support strengthening of the ozone cell of the Department of Environment. Enforcement of policies and regulations, in alignment to targets for phasing out of ozone depleting substance (ODS) will continue to bring about transformative change.

We have seen the importance of effective public-private partnerships—a process UNDP is also proud to support for phasing out of HCFC- a high global warming potential chemical. For example, through working with locally owned manufacturers of aerosol medications, i.e. metered dose inhalers (Square Pharmaceuticals, Beximco Pharmaceuticals and ACME Pharmaceuticals) to ensure use of ozone friendly alternatives, we have seen elimination of 76.3 tonnes (CO2 equivalent) of CFCs. We have worked to phase out CFC from ACI’s aerosol insecticide plant, which accounts for 150 metric tons of ODS. Similarly, in working with Walton High-tech Industries, the largest domestic refrigeration air conditioning producer in the country, we are eliminating HCFCs from the foam sector in Bangladesh. HCFCs have such a high global warming potential that, if not addressed, these gases can dwarf the effects of other voluntary initiatives you take to decrease global warming.

UNDP, UNEP and the government collaborated on the first stage of the HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) to reduce emission of HCFCs by 2020 to 35% of emission levels compared to 2009 and 2010. This will build towards a full phase out by 2040. As an emerging middle income country, as its citizens’ purchasing power increases, Bangladesh stands to raise its HCFC consumption by 100 metric tons per year. Since the country is heading towards for middle income country, there will be huge demands for refrigeration and air conditioning in the residential, official and food industry of the country. While Bangladesh does not produce HCFCs in itself, it imports HCFCs to use in the fire-fighting, foam manufacturing and refrigeration and air conditioning manufacturing sectors. The baseline has been estimated at 72.6 ODP ton (ozone depleting potential) of HCFC consumption in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is one of the founding members of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. As such, the Bangladesh government is one of only six to work with UNDP and conduct a national survey on reducing HCFCs.

What is also important to highlight here is that by acting on one issue—that of eliminating ODS—we are addressing many others. As part of stage-II of the HCFC Phase-Out Management, we are pursuing opportunities with the Government of Bangladesh to promote technologies that have low greenhouse gas potential and are energy efficient. We are supporting lower cost production, increasing worker productivity and ensuring safety, reducing longer term burden on a nation’s health budget, and playing a big part in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This offers progress on a vast area of the post-2015 agenda. Indeed, the Montreal Protocol is an important vehicle for sustainable development.

Concluding Note

UNDP Bangladesh will continue working closely with the government, development partners, private sectors and other stakeholders to support the effort for expediting the progress and prosperity of Bangladesh. We should work together for a sustainable future. We are committed to working together with the Govt. of Bangladesh to achieve the goal of reducing ozone depleting and greenhouse gases—contributing to both sustainable development and climate change mitigation. In closing, I would like to once again thank the Minister Anwar Hossain Manju, Deputy Minister Abdullah Al Islam Jakob and Secretary, Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for their sincere cooperation.

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