PHASE-OUT OF HCFC OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES, UNDERWAY
16 December 2015 - As world leaders opened the door in negotiating the elusive agreement to fight climate change through the historic Paris accord, the Philippines marks another milestone by complying with a 10% target reduction in the importation of hydrochloro-fluorocarbons (HCFCs), an ozone depleting substances (ODS), this year.
Speaking for Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary and concurrent Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Director Juan Miguel T. Cuna during the closing ceremony of the HCFC-141b Phase-out in the Foam Sector Project in the Philippines, Assistant Director Eva Ocfemia said, “For 27 years, our country has been working very hard to cooperate with international community to implement national programs for phasing out ODS to protect the ozone layer.”. More>>
DENR-EMB PHILIPPINE OZONE DESK HOLDS TECHNOLOGY FORUM ON ALTERNATIVES TO OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES (ODS) FOR OZONE LAYER AND CLIMATE PROTECTION
15 October 2015 - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), through its Philippine Ozone Desk (POD) recently held a Technology Forum on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and its alternatives at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.
The forum gathered industries and technology providers that use non-ODS technologies and showcase some of the latest and most cost-effective ODS alternatives that are available in the market today.
Technology presentations from the foam, refrigeration and air conditioning, fire extinguishing and fire suppression systems, chemicals and fumigants sectors provided local spray foam manufacturers, chemical suppliers, concerned government agencies and local government units, information on the various non-ODS technologies that can be environment-friendly alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC)-141b, a chemical widely used as a foam blowing agent. More>>
DENR TO PUBLIC: ‘SHUN PRODUCTS WITH OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES'
14 September 2015 - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging the public to continue taking preventive steps to help protect the ozone layer despite indications that it is slowly recovering from depletion.
DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said one simple yet effective measure people can do to save the thin layer that shields the earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the sun is to shun products containing or manufactured with ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
"Scientific measures show that the ozone layer is healing itself and is expected to recover by the middle of this century, probably during the period 2050-2075. This could be realized if all of us cooperate to stop patronizing ODS and ODS-containing products," Paje said.
He also urged the public to patronize repair shops that hire qualified and well-equipped technicians to repair and service appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners that still contain ODS. More>>
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, an important milestone in the protection of the ozone layer. The theme for the celebration of the anniversary and this year’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to be marked on 16 September is, “30 years of healing the ozone together.” The theme is supported by the slogan, “Ozone: All there is between you and UV.”