Cimatu rallies support for phasedown of climate-warming HFCs

Cimatu rallies support for phasedown of climate-warming HFCs

 

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Thursday appealed to the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector to support the gradual phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases (GHG) contributing largely to global warming.

The environment chief made the appeal as the country joins the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone.

According to Cimatu, the gains from the Montreal Protocol, particularly the phase out of several ozone-depleting substances (ODS), are being threatened by the use of HFCs as alternative refrigerants.

"HFCs are not ODS, but are potent GHG which can have high global warming potentials and are rapidly increasing in the atmosphere," Cimatu warned.  "Without any mechanism to control HFCs, it is predicted that its emissions could negate the climate benefits achieved by the Montreal Protocol," he added.

Commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioning systems, the HFCs are called "super greenhouse gases" with a warming effect that can be several thousand times greater than carbon dioxide.

HFCs were developed after the phase out of the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons required by the Montreal Protocol in 1987.

The climate benefit of reducing HFC emissions has been widely recognized, leading to an amendment of the Montreal Protocol, known as the Kigali Amendment, calling for developed countries to start to phase down HFCs by 2019 and in developing countries including the Philippines to follow with a freeze by 2024.

Adopted on October 15, 2016 in Rwanda and expected to enter into force on Jan. 1, 2019, the Kigali Amendment aims to avoid nearly half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

Cimatu said the Philippines can greatly benefit from the financial and technical support provided under the Montreal Protocol for parties to the Kigali Amendment.  He noted that the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol has provided over US$3.5 billion to developing countries to phase out ODS. 

"This can definitely help affected sectors in the country to transition from HFCs to natural climate-friendly alternatives, such as carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrocarbons which do not cause global warming," Alcala stressed. |DENR Release

 

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The secret chamber of the sky blue Isuzu elf

 

Among the type of vehicles, the Truck or elf has the simplest design, wherein the back part has only its sidings and flooring.

During the first week September. the PNP personnel headed by Police Chief Inspector Jose G. Mulleda while in the performance of their duty at Callagdao Check point, Bulanao, Tabuk City checked the vehicles that pass by. When the Isuzu elf, sky blue and with galvanized body bearing plate number TGS 985 passed by and driven allegedly by a certain Duga Bucalan from Paracelis Mt. Province and his two companions, the PNP purposely checked the said elf.  They noticed that the flooring of the elf was slightly lifted with undetermined volume of sawn Narra flitches underneath.         

It was found out that the elf has a secret chamber. The chamber contains 47 pieces of Narra with a total volume of 747 board feet amounting to 55,988. The said specie is properly covered with GI flat sheet gauge 14 and welded with angle bar on its side. This also served as the flooring for the second layer.

In order to unload the said content of the elf, the police officers needed to use a crow bar to remove the cover.

The second layer was loaded with several empty fruit baskets which were made out of plastic which also look like cases of soft drinks. One plastic crate was filled with empty bottles of mineral water.

The simple design of the vehicle was really redesigned and intended to transport undocumented forest products.

The opposite sidings of the elf have built-in benches out of GI flat sheet and angle bar. Between the two benches is the space where they can pile such volume of lumber and properly covered with the said flat sheet which serves as the flooring of the second layer.

The Lumber was officially turned over to CENRO Tabuk Office. By virtue of the seizure order issued by CENR Officer Severino L. Dalutag, the administrative hearing of the case commenced in September 14, 2017.   The said vehicle is now impounded within the premises  of CENRO Tabuk.|C. Tabuk, SBBakidan

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