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Activities planned for 2015

  • UV monitoring station has been donated by the world meteorological organization to Sri Lanka as the first country of the Region. It is scheduled to shift from Germany and will be established in Sri Lanka in the middle of the 2015 after train a suitable officer to the Germany.


  • As alternatives for HCFC, HFC are used by the AC and Refrigeration. Although the Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) is zero in HFC it is known that the GWP is comparatively high with certain HCFCs. Therefore it is decided to have survey island wide to determine the users ofHFC in order to introduce alternative chemical which have low ODP and GWP value as well as energy effficiency .• Establishment of Reclamation Centres island- wide


  • Conducting awareness programmes for different target groups such as A/C Ref Service Sector, Educational In-service Advisors, Govt. Officials, Students, Journalists and Ship Building and Ship Repair Sector Preparation and printing of awareness creation materials such as leaflets, News bulletins, Posters etc.,


  • Making arrangements to Commemorate the International Ozone Day (IOD) - 16 September 2015 and Conduct Coordination Committee Meetings (CCM) to facilitate the expenditure.


  • Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Data reporting – to Ozone Secretariat and the Multilateral fund for their monitoring purposes according to the Montreal Protocol phase out targets


  • Participating to the International Events such as Network Meetings of Regional countries, Meeting of Parties , Open Ended Working Group meeting for provide the country’s Contribution as the party country of the Montreal Protocol and discuss the issues for the same etc.,


  • Introductory workshops providing Technical Assistance for Enterprises Assembling Residential and Commercial Air Conditioners by retrofitting Residential and Commercial Air Conditioners
  • As an alternative for HCFC HFC is used by the AC and Refrigeration Sector island wide. Although the Ozone Depleting Potentia l(ODP) is low in HFC it is known that the GWP is high comparatively. Therefore it is decided to have survey island wide to search the users of HFC in order to introduce an alternative chemical which has low ODP and GWP value .

Implemented programmes and activities in 2014 by NOU in brief;

  • Introduced Green technology for refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) Sector by taking initiate actions for establishing Reclamation centers island- wide. For effective recovery, recycling and reclamation for used refrigerants to reduce the emission occurs during the maintenance of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment so that they can be reprocessed for further commercial use or destroyed.
    2014 was the 20th Anniversary of the formation of National Ozone Unit and held several awareness activities commemorating this important milestone in parallel to the International Ozone Day 2014


  • Held training of officers from Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Import and Export Control, BOI, technical colleges on Prevent illegal trade in order to protection of Ozone layer following new HS Codes 2012 and control of ODS ect..

  • Donated equipment for identification of Ozone Depletion Substances ( ODS Identifiers) and granting recovery recycling equipments to selected Vocational Training Institutes and college of technologies.

  • Donated office equipment to Department of National Plant Quarantine Service facilitate the work in order to control the imports of MeBr;
    Held Training Programmes of RAC sector technicians on Good Practices and modern alternative environmental friendly technologies.
    Reported ODS import Data of the country to Ozone Secretariat and the Multilateral fund for their monitoring purposes according to the Montreal Protocol phase out targets

  • Participated to the International Events such as Network Meetings, Meeting of Parties, Open Ended Working Group meeting for provide the country’s Contribution as the party country of the Montreal Protocol and discuss the issues for the same etc.,

  • Held several Capacity building programmes for stakeholder organizations and relevant parties concerned.

  • Enhance legal aspects on controlling ODSs through introducing quota system

  • Developed and initiated an online monitoring system on ODS imports control


  • SL has banned 54 chemical substances out of 96 Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) that have been identified as agressiveODS that are responsible to deplete Ozone layer rapidly and categorized in Annexes A, B, C & E by the Montreal Protoco in advance, before the time targets set up by the Montreal Protocol. As a developing country next major challenge was to phaseout Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) which have high Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and with high Global Warming Potential ( GWP). The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the adoption of phaseout schedule of Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs), and control the importation of virgin HCFCs and HCFC bends with effect from 1ST January 2013 and for gradual phaseout of these substances thereafter and eventually to complete the total phaseout of HCFCs by 2030.

 

 

 

 

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