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MIFCO, environment ministry sign pact to ban HCFC use

Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 January 2018, MVT 10:39
MIFCO and the environment ministry sign agreement to ban the use of HCFCs in refrigerants in the fisheries industry. PHOTO/ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY
Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 January 2018, MVT 10:39

Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO) and the environment ministry on Tuesday signed a pact to phase out the use of hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFC) in the fisheries industry’s refrigerants.

State environment minister Abdulla Ziyad and MIFCO’s CEO Adli Ismail signed the agreement at a special ceremony held at the environment ministry.

Under the pact, MIFCO would switch out refrigerants that contain HCFCs to environmental friendly sources. The ministry as per the agreement would provide MVR 2.4 million to the state fisheries firm to support the endeavour.

This agreement is a key component of the Maldives’ pact to completely phase out HCFCs. The gas is an ozone depleting substance, which destroys the ozone molecules in the atmosphere that protect the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

According to the environment ministry, efforts to cut down HCFC use are carried out with free aid from the Mulilateral Fund. The fund mainly assists developing countries to implement the Montreal Protocol, the international treaty designed to protect the earth’s ozone later by phasing out the production of ozone depleting substances.