Dr. Badgie:Life on Earth depends on protection provided by ozone

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The National Environment Agency`s Director of Technical Services Network has called on refrigeration, air conditioning and super refrigeration technicians to work harder in protecting the ozone layer from depletion from their use of refrigerants or substances that either have global warming or ozone depleting potentials. 

Dr. Dawda Badgie recently made this disclosure during the launching of the Kigali Enabling activities project at a local hotel by the NEA in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The Kigali Agreement is a reaffirmation of the global intent to mitigate climate change and exemplifies international co-operation in this regard.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is legally binding and will come into force from January 1, 2019.

“It is proven Life on Earth depends on the protection provided by ozone in the stratosphere, which acts to screen harmful ultraviolet (UV) solar radiation from the Sun. The ozone layer is depleted as a result of the emission of certain human-made chemicals that react and destroy ozone molecules in the stratosphere”. Dr. Badgie posited.

Adding on, Dr. Badgie revealed that the Government of The Gambia in pursuance of safe and healthy environment for the present generation and posterity has responded positively and has shown its firm commitment to phase-out the consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) by ratifying the following international conventions and Protocols:

The Vienna Convention, Montreal Protocol,London Copenhagen, Montreal and the Beijing Amendments to the Montreal Protocol in June 2003, and the Gambia is currently working on the ratifications of the Kigali Amendment, which enters into force on 1 January 2019.

Over the years, he said in a bid to protect and preserve the Ozone Layer, the National Environment Agency through the Ozone Unit has registered remarkable success in the fight against atmospheric pollution and the destruction of the Ozone Layer through the support of international agencies and programmes such as UNEP, GTZ-Proklima.

According to Dr. Badgie, UNDP and UNIDO have enabled The Gambia to achieve the establishment of a National technical working group in place to monitor, control and eliminate Ozone depleting substances in the country, development of ODS regulation to control the importation and consumption of ozone depleting substances such as Halons, CFC’s, Carbon Tetrachloride, Methyl Chloroform and Methyl bromide.

The achievements also include the training of Refrigeration technicians across the country in refrigeration techniques, refrigerant handling, and recovery and recycling.Up to date, recovery and recycling scheme is on going and refrigeration technicians at regional level have been provided with basic tools and equipment to improve on their work and establishment of seven Regional Refrigeration Technicians’ Associations in The Gambia. These Associations have also been provided with modern tools and equipment for the recovery of ODS to get them to run on Ozone-friendly gases.

Also part of the successes is the training of Customs and other security officers on the monitoring and control of ODS Imports and Exports and supplied with tool kits that will enable them implement the export / licensing systems.

Author: Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang
Source: Picture: Dr. Badgie, NEA Director of Technical Services Network