A sum of $8 million has been allocated to the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan Implementation project, in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
The project seeks to freeze importation of HCFCs at 2009 and 2010 average import levels (baseline consumption) and reduce baseline consumption by 10 per cent.
Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include: hosting Training of Trainers workshop; procuring equipment (multi-refrigerant recovery and recycle machines) for use during the training workshop; and carrying out public awareness activities on HCFC phase out.
Physical achievements up to February 2013: hosting of project inception workshop; and Inaugural Project Steering Committee meeting held.
The project is being financed by the United Nations Development Programme and is scheduled to end in December 2014.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter