Institutional Strengthening (Phase 12) - Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
The Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances is an international treaty designed to protect the earth’s fragile ozone layer by banning as well as phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs, HCFCs and halon and reducing their abundance in the atmosphere.
Ghana ratified the Montreal Protocol on 24 July 1989. In 1991, it established the National Ozone Office within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to mandates of the amended Montreal Protocol. In this regard, the project seeks to provide institutional strengthening support to the National Ozone Office to continue to plan, organise, direct and coordinate all activities required for the implementation of Ghana's strategy in all areas related to the Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances under the Montreal Protocol.
The project has been supported by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol since 1993. We are currently in the 12th phase of the project (2017-2018).
Accomplishments – progress and key achievements (as of 30 June 2017)
The current phase of the project has just started. Some key achievements from the previous phase are:
● Ghana met the 10% HCFC consumption reduction target of 2015.
● In line with Article 7 of the Protocol, reliable data on ODS importation and consumption have been obtained and regularly submitted to the MLF and Ozone Secretariats. This includes regular monitoring across the country, for example to identify the different brands of refrigerants in the market (this allows EPA to identify and confiscate fake, mislabeled, and adulterated refrigerants) and to check converted AC units to ensure that they remain safe and intact and also ensure compliance to the controls for hydrocarbon use
● Quota limits in the importation volumes of HCFCs and other ODSs enforced and improved quality of refrigerants on the market.
● Customs officers stepped up their monitoring role of ODS and other alternative refrigerants.
● Refrigerant dealership licenses prepared and issued to ensure better monitoring controls over dealers.
● International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer organized every year, targeting 2nd and 3rd cycle schools.
● In Phase 11, seven seminars were organised for selected second and third cycle educational institutions in some regions in the country to create awareness on ODS. Total participation was up to 2,500 students.
The budget for Phase 12 is USD 178,048 and is funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The budget delivered in Phases 1-11 was USD 1,477,900.