PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is marking the 2014 observance of Ozone Day on September 16 with an important step to safeguard the island’s air and sea ports from the illegal import of harmful Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).
After having successfully phased out Chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs in 2008, the Government of Saint Lucia through the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is working to eliminate harmful hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs which are commonly used in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors.
As a Party to the Montreal Protocol Saint Lucia is required to phase out use of HCFC`s by 2030.
National importation of HCFCs must be reduced by 15% by January 2015 and by 2020, Saint Lucia must phase out 35% of HCFC imports in keeping with international commitments.
In commemoration of Ozone Day 2014, the Customs and Excise Department, Marine Police, Caribbean Customs Law and Enforcement Council (CCLEC) and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will be committing to ensure that Saint Lucia’s borders are protected from the illegal trade in ODS.
The signing of a Memorandum of Corporation between the entities is an important step as the illegal trade in HCFCs and their products remains a challenge.
The successful phase out and elimination of HCFC`s and other Ozone Depleting Substances is vital for the protection of the ozone layer and the survival of life on earth.