At an event to mark the World Ozone Day 2019 in New Delhi, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo said that the World Ozone Day offers an opportunity to focus global attention and action on the vital environmental issue of protection of the stratospheric ozone Layer.
Shri Babul Supriyo highlighted the fact that India became
one of the first countries in the world to launch a comprehensive Cooling
Action plan in March, 2019, which has a long term vision to address the cooling
requirement across sectors such as residential and commercial buildings,
cold-chain, refrigeration, transport and industries. The India Cooling Action
Plan (ICAP) lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand, which
will also help in reducing both direct and indirect emissions.
The Minister also underlined that the importance of
development of National Cooling Action Plans has been recognized by the United
Nations Secretary General, Mr António Guterres in his message on World Ozone
day 2019 where the need for all countries to develop national cooling action
plans has been highlighted. “It is heartening to note that a step taken by
India has led to a global recognition of this important policy initiative which
can help in climate action and achievement of sustainable development goals.”,
said the MoS .
He pointed out that the ICAP has been appreciated
internationally as an important policy initiative which has the potential to
provide socio-economic and environmental benefits related to reduced
refrigerant use, climate change mitigation and Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). Many countries are now involved in development of cooling action plans
keeping in view the significant environmental benefits and the fulfillment of
Sustainable Development Goals.
The India Cooling Action seeks to (i) reduce cooling demand
across sectors by 20% to 25% by 2037-38, (ii) reduce refrigerant demand by 25%
to 30% by 2037-38, (iii) Reduce cooling energy requirements by 25% to 40% by
2037-38, (iv) recognize “cooling and related areas” as a thrust area of
research under national S&T Programme, (v) training and certification of
100,000 servicing sector technicians by 2022-23, synergizing with Skill India
ICAP recommends synergies with ongoing government programmes
and schemes such as Housing for All, the Smart Cities Mission, Doubling Farmers
Income and Skill India Mission, in order to maximize socio-economic
co-benefits. It was informed that the Ministry has constituted the Steering
Committee and Thematic Working Groups for providing the modalities for
operationalization of the recommendations. They have already commenced their
Shri Babul Supriyo further stated that as part of the
Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) phase out programme, India has proactively
taken the challenge of complete phase out of HCFC 141 b, which is a chemical
used by foam manufacturing enterprises by 1.1.2020. Towards meeting this
compliance target, the Ozone Cell of the Ministry is providing technical and
financial assistance to foam manufacturing enterprises along with UNDP.
Shri Babul Supriyo informed the gathering that MoEFCC is
implementing a project jointly for upskilling and certification of 100,000
Refrigeration and Air-conditioning service technicians with Ministry of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) under Skill India Mission – Pradhan
Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Training and certification of
Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) service technicians will allow
securing environmental benefits and livelihood enhancement for technicians.
This sector is largely unorganized. Already 20000 service technicians have been
upskilled and certified in the first phase. In addition 14, 000 technicians
have also been trained under HPMP in collaboration with GIZ. The Minister also
released Proceedings of Stakeholder consultation on Strengthening of
certification System for RAC servicing technicians and a Special issue of
newsletter “newsTRAC” –for technicians in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning
(RAC) Sector on Social Security, Access to Finance and Occupational Safety of
The Ministry has also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the
Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), for
providing Competency Enhancement of System Houses and Micro, Small and Medium
enterprises (MSMEs) in foam manufacturing sector for ensuring smooth and
sustainable phase out of HCFC-141b.
A booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’ and
poster and sticker of award winning students were also released on the occasion
of the World Ozone Day. In keeping with the focus on skilling of RAC service
technicians and formalization of the RAC service trade four publications
related to RAC service sector which have been developed by Ozone Cell,
MoEF&CC along with GIZ and UN Environment were also launched today. A
booklet on Efficient and Sustainable Cooling and a booklet on Good Servicing Practices
for Flammable Refrigerants: A Quick Guide were also released on the occasion.
Shri Babul Supriyo also presented awards to students for competitions in
painting, poster making and slogan writing organized on World Ozone Day.
“32 years and healing” is the theme of 25th World Ozone
Day celebrations. The theme signifies over three decades of remarkable
international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and also the climate
system under the Montreal Protocol. The abundance of Ozone Depleting Substances
(ODSs) in the atmosphere is declining and a recent study has indicated that the
ozone hole is recovering.
The World Ozone Day celebration was well attended by the representatives of Multilateral and bilateral agencies including UN Environment, UNDP, GIZ, representatives of various Government Departments, Industry and Industry associations and large number of students.