MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) - Belarus has stopped importing ozone-depleting substances, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus.
“In accordance with Belarus' obligations under the Montreal Protocol, the country stopped importing ozone-depleting substances in 2019. To ensure the maintenance and operation of equipment and technical devices running on such substances, the country has made stockpiles and also established the processes of recycling and recovery of ozone-depleting substances,” the press service noted.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection is preparing to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to phase down hydrofluorocarbon regulation (HFCs). Changes have been made to the law on the protection of the ozone layer, according to which natural resource users are required to carry out an inventory of equipment containing HFCs. Preliminary baseline data for ratification of the Kigali Amendment have been collected, and plans have been drawn up to phase out the production and consumption of HFCs in the country.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1987. It provides for specific measures to reduce the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, which include chlorine or bromine-containing organic substances used as refrigerants in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector, propellants in household and medical aerosol products, fire extinguishing agents in fire extinguishing systems, solvents in electronic and precision engineering, blowing agents in the production of building materials.
The Parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted the Kigali amendment to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) worldwide. HFCs do not deplete the ozone layer but are powerful greenhouse gases.
Belarus was one of the first to sign the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The law on the protection of the ozone layer came into force in Belarus in 2001.