River Region (URR) governor Fatou Jammeh-Touray has expressed her office’s
commitment to ensuring a clean environment that is protected from all forms of
emission particularly from substances produced from domestic and local
industrial activities especially from the cooling systems.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a four-day training organized by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians on the handling of refrigerants, flammability and safety held at the Basse Area Council chambers, Governor Jammeh-Touray appealed to participants to exercise professionalism in their technical job and to be cautious in handlings flammable refrigerants that are substitute to ODS gas.
She acknowledged that The Gambia government has regarded environmental protection a top development priority and would endeavor to sustainably improve the environment for all.
“It is important for you to actively participate in this capacity building training where you will discover new skills and innovations which will serve you in your profession as technicians. Try to share the new ideas you are going to discover with those that could not have the opportunity to attend,” she said.
The region`s population officer, Momodou Billo Jallow said technicians are important players in the phasing out of Ozone Depleting Substances and refrigerants that contributes to the warming of the earth, saying they must collaborate to get rid of such substances that will not only destroy the environment but threaten “our” very existence.
In his opening statement, Muhammed Denton, Director of administration and finance at NEA, described the training as timely, coming at a time when the refrigeration and air conditioning subsectors are experiencing lot of transformation in terms of technology and the introduction of new refrigerants in a bid to replacing the ones that are Ozone depleting substances which are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to the warming of the earth.
Mr. Denton said gases, like Hydro-Chloro-Fluoro-Carbons (HCFC), and Hydro Fluoro-Carbons (HFC) like refrigerant 22 and HFCs used mainly in air conditioning systems and fish processing factories do not only deplete the Ozone layer but contribute to global warming consequences. “we are currently experiencing these effects in the form of heat waves, extreme cold seasons as in Europe and other parts of the world, sea level rise resulting to coastal erosion and inundation to name but a few.”