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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Cimatu Orders PMRB to Declare Minahang Bayan

 

Following the dialogue with the members of the association of small scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, on October 17, 2018, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu reaffirmed his position on the closure of all illegal mining activities in the Cordilleras pending the declaration of a Minahang Bayan by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB).

Responding to the petition made by the affected miners in Itogon for the DENR Chief to lift the stoppage order on all mining activities in Cordillera, Cimatu assured the mining community of Itogon that the order will be lifted only upon the declaration of a  Minahang Bayan by the PMRB inside the Benguet Corporation patented area in Sitio Luneta, Barangay Loakan, Itogon, Benguet.

“I am directing the PMRB to declare a Minahang Bayan for our miners,” Cimatu declared.

Cimatu underscored to the miners that the government’s utmost priority remains the safety of its citizens. He reassured those in attendance that they still retain their rightful claim to the mineral resources of their area even in the face of the stoppage order.

“Minero kayo noon, minero parin kayo ngayon, at mga minero parin kayo sa mga susunod na panahon,” he said explaining that the declaration of the Minahang Bayan shall legalize their mining activities.

Geologist Liza Manzano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau presented the findings of the Geohazard and technical assessment of Itogon that left 89 persons dead and 8 missing up to date.

Manzano characterized the area as highly vulnerable and a “shopping mall to all kinds of catastrophes” because of its susceptibility to all geological hazards.

“You’ve got it all,” she said, describing the danger of inhabiting the devastated mine sites in Itogon.

Cimatu also welcomed the commitment of the mining community to comply with all regulatory measures to be imposed by the different government offices for proper operation.

Further, the mining community of Itogon also committed to enter into a stewardship agreement in relation to reforestation and environmental protection and rehabilitation.

“Thank you for your benevolent offer, and I readily accept them,” he said, after reading a portion of the petition signed by the miners.

The DENR Chief also cited the commitment made by the miners to sell their gold to the Central Bank, urging them to contribute to governmental revenue by paying the right taxes from their income.

The PMRB shall be chaired by the MGB-CAR Regional Director Fay Apil.|AJTuraray

 

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