Rwanda’s Minister of Environment Dr. Vincent Biruta has called for quick ratification of Kigali amendment if there is to be an end for the use of hydrofluorocarbons to protect the environment. This was on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York.
At the event hosted by Rwanda and Canada with attendance of environmentalist from different parts of the world, Dr. Biruta reminded that quick ratification will benefit individual member states including extra financial support dedicated to enabling activities for developing countries.
Environmental scientists say that the implementation of Kigali amendment is expected to prevent up to half a degree celsius of warming by the end of the century. Dr. Biruta seeks to have 20 ratifications prior to the next 29th gathering of the Montreal Protocol in November.
So far, six countries that have signed the protocol are Rwanda, Mali, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Norway, with Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica expected to follow suit. “The collective commitment already shown gives me great hope for the success of the Kigali Amendment and the phase down of HFCs”, said Biruta.
The Montreal Protocol was effected on 1 January 1989 and was designed to phase out production of substances responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. It was amended after night long negotiations on 15th October 2016 in Kigali.