The Thirtieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 30) took place from 5-9 November, 2018 in Quito, Ecuador. MOP 30 addressed issues related to the January 2019 entry into force of the Kigali Amendment on the global warming gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); data reporting issues for ozone depleting substances; approved destruction technologies to be used for HFCs; and linkages between phasing down of HFCs and energy efficiency. In a bid to increase access to efficient technologies in order to maximize the climate benefits of the Kigali Amendment, the consideration of financial support for enabling activities might be granted to developing countries such as Trinidad and Tobago. The Kigali Amendment could avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer by requiring countries to cut projected production and consumption of climate change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators, air conditioners and related products by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years.
Some of the special measures already taken by The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as part of the phase-out process include:
• Phase out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) since December 31st 2007
• Phase-out of Methyl Bromide use in non-Quarantine and Pre-shipment Fumigation from January 1st, 2015
• Implementation of a quota system to control hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) import as at January 1st, 2013
• Ban on assembled equipment using hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as at January 1st, 2015
• Development and Implementation of Compulsory Standards for the labelling of refrigerant cylinders, and refrigerant and air conditioning equipment since 2016
• Development and Implementation of the Professional Certification Scheme for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning technicians which was launched in April 2017
Trinidad and Tobago continues to be astute in its adherence to the phase out obligations of the Protocol which is also consistent with our goals under Vision 2030, our national strategic plan for development. There is still however much to be done to restore the ozone layer, and all citizens are encouraged to do their part, no matter how small by engaging in ozone friendly actions such as taking individual action to reduce and eliminate impacts on the stratospheric ozone layer caused by the products that we buy, the appliances and equipment that our households or businesses use, or the manufacturing process used by our companies.
Trinidad and Tobago was represented by Dr. Marissa Gowrie, Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer, and Mrs. Krysten Gonzales, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, attached to the National Ozone Unit of the Environmental Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Planning and Development.