The Maldives has become the first developing country to outlaw the use of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
The Montreal Protocol was signed in 1989 by 197 nations with the goal of eliminating ozone-depleting compounds like HCFCs by 2030.
The Maldives’ environment ministry announced today that the country had met the Montreal Protocol’s target ten years ahead of schedule. Furthermore, the government highlighted that the Maldives is the first developing country to ban HCFCs.
The HCFC Phase-out Management Plan, which began in 2010 with support from the Multilateral Fund (MLF), was a 10-year effort initiated by then-President Mohamed Nasheed to rid the country of HCFCs.
On Monday, an event called “A Cool Move: Maldives Quits HCFC” was held to commemorate the country’s success in banning HCFCs.
During the event, Environment Minister Aminath Shauna stated that the government plans to solidify the phase-out of HCFCs and that they are in the process of revising the Ozone Act, which will allow them to take concrete steps toward implementing the plan.
Shauna went on to say that the government’s “Carbon Neutral” plan has been revised to “Net Zero”, under which the country would achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 with the help of foreign funds.
According to the environment ministry, the Maldives imported 67 metric tonnes of HCFCs in 2010, but by 2020, the country had eliminated HCFCs.