Officials note possibility to prevent global warming by 0.5C

2020-09-17 18:20:58

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On September 16, a press conference was held on the occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The 35th anniversary of ozone layer protection is being globally commemorated under the motto, ‘Ozone for Life’, highlighted Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Ts.Batbayar.


The Deputy Minister then introduced the message sent out by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in which he noted that 99 percent of the gases used in aerosols and cooling appliances that caused the ozone hole have been replaced as a result of the cooperation between governments, scientists and industry under the Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, governments. On this matter, Head of the National Ozone Unit at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Ts.Adiyasuren said, “Countries are working towards finding an alternative to the coolants that are having an impact on the climate. If it is successfully implemented, it is possible for 0.5C of global warming to be prevented. As a result, the ozone hole could be healed by 2060 which would bring it to its former state in 1980.”

Mongolia joined the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and the Montreal Protocol in 1996. This year, several international standards such as MNS ISO 5149:2020 package of standards and MNS ISO 817:2020 have been introduced in the services for cooling and air conditioning equipment. 

Highlighting the importance of efforts being put in by everyone to tackle climate change, officials reported that turning off the cooling and air conditioning systems in warehouses, homes as well as vehicles when not necessary and repairing the systems are good practices that can be implemented by citizens.  

Due to climate change, there has been noticeable changes in the country, including droughts that used to occur once every 3 years occurring every year, and declines in pasture, plants and crop yields. Furthermore, flood risk continues to increase in most parts of the country, reported the officials.

Two books published by UN Environment Programme on service methodology for handling flammable refrigerants and legal documents on ozone protection were also introduced during the press conference.