The government of Afghanistan has ratified the Vienna convention for the protection of the ozone layer and the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete ozone layer and is committed to phasing-out the consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) in favor of ozone-friendly substances. Afghanistan is now aiming to ratify the Kigali Amendment which involves phasing-down consumption of the ODS alternatives (Hydrofluorocarbons). While Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are better for the ozone, they are also powerful greenhouse gases, and the use of them contributes to the global warming and the climate crisis. The release of 1kg of certain fluorocarbons is typically between 1000 and 10000 times worse than the release of 1kg of CO2 , in terms of impact on global warming. At the 81th meeting of the Executive Committee to Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol, funding was approved to supporting the Government of Afghanistan in the ratification of the Kigali Amendment, and meeting its initial obligations under the Protocol.

Nothing that the air-conditioning and refrigeration sectors represent a substantial and increasing percentage of global electricity demand, the amendment is focusing on introducing energy efficient, climate-friendly and affordable technologies for cooling. This maximizes benefits to our country by improving energy efficiency and sustainable development, as well as improving energy security, public health and climate crisis mitigation.

Our Ozone layer plays an important role in stabilizing our climate and preventing extreme weather events. We need to take prompt action towards introducing more energy efficient, ozone and climate-friendly approaches for providing cooling. If we don’t consider, the more we try to keep cool. If we don’t consider, the more we try to keep cool, the more our planet heats up. The Montreal protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing-out the protection of substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. The latest amendment to the protocol-The Kigali Amendment – is moving us from not just healing the ozone layer but also potentially slowing down climate change by enforcing the phase-down of gases that have a damaging effect on our climate.