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    One of the assets Sri Lanka has, is a vibrant private sector as the engine of growth - UNDP Country Director

    June 05, 2014

    Sri Lanka has successfully achieved its compliance targets in advance to the levels specified under the Montreal Protocol.  One of the assets Sri Lanka has, is a vibrant private sector as the engine of growth, which is not common in many other post-conflict countries said Ms. Razina Bilgrami, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka speaking on behalf of the UN System in Sri Lanka at the Inauguration Session of the South Asia Ozone Officers Network Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka. on  27 May 2014. In that context, the support Montreal Protocol provides to the private sector, including the Small and Medium Enterprises, for adoption of environment-friendly technologies is timely, she said.

    She further said adoption of ozone friendly technologies in a cost-effective manner would certainly improve the competitiveness of the private sector in the global market place, and in addition to contributing towards global benefits, the National Ozone Programme can help make the private-sector- led industrial growth “greener”.

     

    She also said that although Sri Lanka is not a major emitter of Ozone Depleting Substances or Green House Gases, nevertheless, after years of dedicated work spanning over more than a decade, Sri Lanka has successfully achieved its Montreal Protocol compliance targets in advance to the levels specified under the Montreal Protocol. "Sri Lanka managed to phase out Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Halons, Carbon Tetrachloride (CTC), Methyl Chloroform and Methyl Bromide consumed in the country," she said.

     

    "Credit goes to the present and past staff of the Sri Lanka National Ozone Unit, and here I would like to make special mention of Mr. Mahendra Senevirathne and Dr. W.L Sumathipala for their immense contributions. The Ozone Programme has been instrumental in building knowledge in Sri Lanka on the subjects of Global Warming, Ozone Depletion, Health and Economic Aspects of Climate Change", she added.

     

    Ms.Bilgrami further said that  currently  a Global Environmental Facility supported project for increased efficiency in energy generation and consumption is  being developed in Sri Lanka .

     

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