Saint Lucia observes Ozone Day

Saint Lucia observes Ozone Day

– 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.


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  1. Too bad the ozone layer is already depleted beyond repair, thanks to the climate geoengineering, weather modification, and Solar Radiation Management programs which have saturated every cubic inch of the earth's atmosphere with microscopic aerosol particulates which poison the soil, the oceans, and the air we breathe. The sun's UV rays are already off the charts, destroying trees, and even killing 50% of the ocean's plankton, which is the source of the ocean's food change and the source of 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Any discussion of "climate change" without addressing the issue of "geoengineering" is totally useless, because it is the intentional geoengineering of the planet which has brought us to where we are now. Planet earth is in total meltdown. We are already in a "runaway greenhouse effect". Methane release in the melting Arctic is accelerating at a rate which will not support any life on earth within 5 years at the most. We are well on our way to the 6th Great Mass Extinction.


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