The EMB-CAR headed by RD Ma. Victoria V. Abrera gratefully received one (1) unit of Multi-Refrigerant Identifier which was awarded by DENR-EMB Assistant Director Vizminda A. Osorio and Ms. Bellrose B. Buraga, UNIDO Project Coordinator, on November 24, 2021 at the EMB R1 Regional Office at Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union. The Identifier will further strengthen enforcement in the regulation and monitoring activities under the ODS Phase out program which is a commitment of the country under the Montreal Protocol Agreement.

The Philippine Ozone Desk (POD) conducted demonstration on the use and operation of the equipment to EMB-CAR and EMB Region 1 participants. As part of the compliance to the country’s international commitments to the Implementation of the Philippines ODS Phase-out Program, preliminary survey and visit to the identified regional depository sites was conducted during the course of implementation of the Philippines HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage I Project. This activity aimed to gather and consolidate information and documents to continue the Philippines Recycling Program in support to the ODS regional recycling and collection centers in the country. These identified depository sites are under the jurisdiction of the following EMB Regional Offices, which are Region I, Region II, Region III, Region 7, and Region 11. In 1991, the Philippines adopted the Montreal Protocol, a Multilateral Environmental Agreement that aims to phase out ODS such as HCFCs by replacing them with ozone-friendly alternatives to prevent the thinning of the ozone layer, curb the effects of climate change, and help boost energy efficiency in the cooling sector.

As part of its climate change mitigation efforts, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently launched the second phase of the implementation plan for the phase out the ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2040. HCFCs, which are used in refrigerators and air conditioners, big chillers and mobile chillers that preserve food and vaccines, are the last group of ODS which is still due for phase out by 2040. The HPMP Stage 2, which will run until 2022, targets to reduce the HCFC consumption by 50 percent in 2021 and is expected to prevent a minimum of 0.5 million carbon dioxide equivalent tons of emissions.