Vietnam joins efforts to eliminate substances harmful to ozone layer

VOV.VN - The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank (WB) celebrated International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer at a ceremony in Hanoi on September 16.

In January 1994, Vietnam became one of the first countries to join the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The country has eliminated the consumption of CFC, Halon, and CTC since January 1, 2010 and completely stopped the use of HCFC-141b and Methyl Bromide since January 1, 2015. 

On September 4, 2019, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 64/NQ-CP officially adopting the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The second phase of the “National Management Plan for eliminating HCFC substances  of Vietnam” (HPMP II) project was also launched at the ceremony.

According to Tang The Cuong, Director of the Climate Change Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Development, the HPMP II (2018- 2023), aims to help Vietnam reduce 35% of the consumption of HCFC substances in accordance with the roadmap set in the protocol.

Caitlin Wiesen, Acting Resident Coordinator of the UN and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme in Vietnam, said the celebration together with the launch of the HPMP II show Vietnam’s efforts in carrying out the Montreal Protocol and its coordination with other countries in protecting the ozone layer as well as the environment.

Stefanie Stallmeister, Operations Manager for the WB in Vietnam, said the bank has worked with Vietnam on implementing the protocol over the past 15 years.
He also pledged the WB’s continued support for Vietnam in implementing the project while appreciating the country’s efforts to cut hundreds of thousands of tonnes of substances harmful to the ozone layer.