Press release: Commemoration of World Ozone Day – September 16, 2022 – Meteorological Office, Mulinuu, (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

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Apia, Samoa:

Samoa, as a signatory to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, will celebrate World Ozone Day on 16e September 2022.

This year marks the 35e Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, a multilateral environmental agreement renowned for its success and universal ratification. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will host the celebration at its Meteorology Division in Mulinuu to highlight the theme: “Montreal [email protected]: Global Cooperation Saves Life on Earth”

In setting out the theme this year, the ministry took a holistic approach to recognizing the various efforts at the national level to promote the protection of the ozone layer. As part of the celebration, there will be a “Skills Competition” for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector promoting good RAC practices to avoid gas emissions; posting of information by stakeholders related to ozone protection and climate change; and school activities to improve understanding of Montreal Protocol issues.

The Montreal Protocol has been instrumental not only in protecting the ozone layer, but also in preventing climate change by phasing out ozone depleting substances which are also greenhouse gases. To date, the Montreal Protocol has succeeded in eliminating 99% of ozone-depleting substances and moved forward to mandate the control of hydrofluorocarbons under the Kigali Amendment to avoid a rise in temperature world of 40c at the end of the century.

Initiatives under the Montreal Protocol have also contributed to preventing food loss by ensuring good refrigeration and air conditioning practices and sustainable cooling. Additionally, it has promoted energy efficiency, preventing the use of energy-intensive equipment in the RAC sector; has helped prevent cases of skin cancer and eye cataracts around the world and plays a vital role in protecting natural resources and biodiversity.

For more information, please contact Afaese Dr. Luteru Tauvale, ACEO-Meteorology Division by email: [email protected] or by phone at +685 20855

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