Ashgabat city hosted a working interdepartmental meeting timed to the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The event was organized by the Ozone Center under the State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan.
Over the past five years, the use of ozone depleting substances (ODS) in Turkmenistan has significantly decreased.
“ODS are still used in Turkmenistan as refrigerants in industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment, air conditioning systems and for other purposes, and the volume of the ODS is regulated by international agreements,” the message said.
Since 2012, Turkmenistan has been implementing the state program to gradually phase out the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
The program will last until 2020. Further, it is planned to use only recycled and reclaimed ODS, and to completely phase out the HCFCs by 2040. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)