Jamaica Makes Progress in Phasing Out the Use of Gases Contributing to Global WarmingAug 12, 2015
The sole company that uses Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) in its operations in Jamaica – Seal Sprayed Solutions - has been able to phase out the use of these harmful substances, thanks to the UNDP-supported HCFC Phase Out Management Plan Project, which is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
HCFCs are organic compounds used as a blowing agent for certain foam applicants and in refrigerants. They are also a part of that group of gases – commonly known as greenhouse gases –which contributes to global warming and by extension to climate change.
With the support of the project, Seal Sprayed Solutions has phased out the use of HCFCs and replaced them with non-ozone depleting and climate friendly alternatives. The company has also been able to retrofit its equipment to make use of these environmentally friendly replacements.
On 12 August 2015, the company was presented with a cheque for JA$545,750 as the final payment in the project’s financial support to facilitate the phase out of HCFCS from its operations.
Speaking at the cheque handover, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Robert Pickersgill, commended NEPA and Seal Sprayed for their work. He said the phasing out of the use of HCFCs in local industry was a significant achievement not only for the company, but for all Jamaica. He also thanked UNDP for its oversight of the project.
UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap hailed the initiative under the project as “win-win partnership” for all involved. He said the project demonstrated the gains which can be achieved in addressing climate change, through collaboration between Government, the private sector and international development partners like UNDP.
This HCFC Phase Out Management Plan project is helping Jamaica reduce its consumption and production of HCFCs through a number of activities including provision of training for refrigeration technicians, distribution of basic service tools, equipment and retrofit kits to technicians and conversion of local HCFC-based foam manufacturing enterprises to non-HCFC technology. The project activities support Jamaica in its efforts to meet its obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.