Department of Environmental Affairs hosts roadshows on Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phaseout Management Plan (HPMP)

11 June 2018

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will embark on a roadshow to engage stakeholders about the implementation of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and Montreal Protocol for South Africa. 

The roadshows are scheduled to take place on 12 June 2018 in Midrand with a focus on the aspects that relate to the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan sets out a pathway for phasing-out and subsequent elimination of the hydrofluorocarbons in the various usage types in the foam and refrigeration and air-conditioning sector respectively. These are a group of man-made chemicals containing the elements such as carbon, hydrogen, chlorine and fluorine. These type of refrigerant gases have significant ozone depleting potential and thus require safe handling techniques from users due to their high pressured and flammable properties.

Successful elimination of the HCFCs will provide a significant boost in the country’s efforts to addressing environmental preservation such as ozone layer recovery and climate change impacts.

South Africa is a Party to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. The Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing-out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. It aims to reduce the consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their negative impact on the ozone layer, thereby protect the earth’s fragile ozone layer.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the session as per the details below:

Date: Tuesday 12 June 2018

Time:  09:00

Venue: Constantia Hotel, 546 16th Rd, Randjespark, Midrand

To RSVP contact: Banele Mabena on 012 399 9989/ 073 297 9409

For media queries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871