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National Stakeholder’s Workshop on Tonga’s Obligations under the Kigali Amendment

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23rd August, 2018 The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u opened a half-day National Stakeholder’s Workshop on Tonga’s Obligations under the Kigali Amendment, this morning at Basilica Conference Room.

Hosted by the National Ozone Unit of the Department of Climate Change, the half-day event aims to provide a forum for the participants to discuss the Kigali Amendment and Tonga’s obligations as set out under the Amendment.

Mr. Ma’u said, “In Tonga, Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HFCs) are being used in the servicing sectors of refrigerators, room air-conditioners and mobile air-conditioners. In the future, Tonga is obliged to reduce import and use of HFCs in these applications as per the obligations under the Protocol.”

“As climate friendly alternatives may have different properties for example it can be flammable. There is a need for all concerned stakeholders to work together to address the challenges by strengthening our servicing sector to phase down HFCs in a safe and sustain manner.”

He also said that the Kigali Amendment can provide opportunities to introduce more energy-efficient equipment into the country, which would be beneficial to end users and country energy security.

“Although the Kigali Amendment does not completely phase-out the use of HFCs but control and reduce certain controlled substances that have high global warming impact through a licensing system by 1 January 2019. Experiences from the HCFC phase-out revealed the smuggling and mislabelled of HCFC cylinders. Therefore, there is need to strengthen capacity of the customs officers as a front liner to ensure that only approved shipment of HFCs are allowed into Tonga.”

Mr. Ma’u acknowledged the cooperation with the UN Environment Compliance Assistance Programme to support the country’s efforts to comply with all obligations under the Montreal Protocol, including the initial obligations under the Kigali Amendment. This is to ensure that the Kingdom of Tonga can adopt these ozone and climate-friendly alternatives in a safe and proper manner.

He told the gatherings that the Pacific Island Countries including Tonga are vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change.

“To protect our future generation and demonstrate Tonga’s commitment to save the earth, we must join our hands to determine the best way to adopt alternatives that will not exacerbate the phenomenal of global warming, to the extent possible.”

The workshop is funded by the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and is being implemented by UN Environment, with MEIDECC as the executing partner.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:34 )  

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