New Delhi, Sep 16 : The Ozone Cell of the Environment Ministry here celebrated International Ozone Day on Friday.
Many young schoolchildren celebrated by participating and winning in painting, poster-making and slogan writing competitions organised by the ministry.
The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated every year on September 16 to commemorate the day when several nations signed the Montreal Protocol, agreeing on the substances that deplete the ozone layer from the atmosphere and trying to banish them.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released a report ‘The Montreal Protocol: India’s Success Story’, detailing the Indian endeavours in phasing out harmful CFC (Chlorofluorocarbons), used in electrical appliances.
“CFC has been replaced by HFC (Hydrocflourocarbon) completely. We have stopped using harmful gases… according to estimates we will have completely done away with HCFCs (Hydrochloroflourocarbon, an alternative of CFC) too, by the year 2025,” said Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI (The Energy and Research Institute), who was present at the event as a chief guest.
CFC, HCFC and HFC are all compounds of gases used in refrigerants, coolants, solvents, contact lenses and foam industry among others — the former two contain chlorine and flourine, two chemicals which are the major cause of ozone depletion, while HFC, though causing no harm to the ozone layer, contributes to global warming.
He also praised corporates for doing their bit in restoring ozone levels in the atmosphere.The event was also attended by M.K. Singh, Joint Secretary in the Environment Ministry. (IANS)