Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang sends a congratulatory letter and vows that China will continue to shoulder due international obligations, conduct in-depth international communications and cooperation in the environment sector, and make new contributions to the global ecological security.
Upon the upcoming International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the commemorative meeting of the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on the Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (hereinafter referred to as the Montreal Protocol) was held in Beijing. Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory letter and Minister Li Ganjie read out the letter and delivered remarks.
In his letter, Li Keqiang said the preservation of the ozone layer and the response to climate change are the common challenges shared by the international community. Considerable achievements have been made in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol over the past three decades, effectively controlling the damages of human activities to the ozone layer, reflecting the resolve of the international community to protect the homeland earth, and setting an example for the settlement of other global environmental problems.
Li Keqiang noted that China as a responsible developing country has always actively taken part in the global environmental governance, advocated green, low-carbon, circular, and sustainable production patterns and lifestyles, and pressed ahead with the 2030 sustainable development agenda in all dimensions. Under the framework of the Montreal Protocol, China has phased out more than half of the total ozone depleting substances that have been eliminated by developing countries. China will continue to shoulder due international obligations, thoroughly conduct the international communications and cooperation in the environment field, and make new contributions to the global ecological security.
In his remarks, Li Ganjie said since it was concluded three decades ago, the Montreal Protocol has had 197 contracting parties, phased out the manufacture and use of 99 percent ozone depleting substances, gained considerable environmental, health, and climate benefits, and been applauded as an exemplary model for global environmental cooperation. China acceded to the Montreal Protocol in 1991, since then, the country has enthusiastically advanced the implementation of the protocol. It has established a national leading group for the preservation of the ozone layer, introduced China National Programme on the Gradual Elimination of Ozone Depleting Substances, developed the Regulations on the Management of Ozone Depleting Substances, implemented 31 industry-specific elimination plans, shut down over 100 production lines, promoted the replacement of ozone-depleting substances in 1,000 firms, and facilitated the technical advances and green transition and upgrading across industries. So far, China has eliminated a total of 270,000 t ozone depleting substances and made due contributions to the effective implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
Li Ganjie emphasized that the implementation of the Montreal Protocol is an arduous task and that China will highlight the following tasks for now and for a period of time to come: a. accelerate the ratification of Kigali Amendment. Conduct capacity building as soon as possible, and make thorough preparations for the implementation of the amendment; b. strengthen the management of ozone depleting substances in accordance with law. Strictly implement the Regulations on the Management of Ozone Depleting Substances, and promote the phase-out of ozone depleting substances and the development of alternative products; c. speed up the implementation of the industry-specific elimination plans. Press ahead with the phase-out of HCFCs at the second stage, set stepwise timelines for the phase-out of regulated substances, optimize the implementation patterns of the projects, strengthen monitoring and management, and ensure the efficient and reasonable use of multilateral funds. d. promote the development and application of green and low-carbon alternative technologies. Amend and improve the standards and law-making on the alternatives, stimulate and support the development and spread of alternative technologies through industrial policies, government green procurement, and awareness activities; e. Conduct in-depth international communications and cooperation. Adhere to the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities”, actively engage in the negotiations of the convention, expand the technical cooperation with the contracting parties and relevant international organizations, and exchange and share implementation results.
UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat Madame Tina Birmpili, Chair of Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund Executive Committee Paul Krajnik, and Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat Eduardo Ganem presented and spoke at the meeting.
More than 140 participants attended this meeting, including delegates with international and bilateral organizations including UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, World Bank, GiZ, State departments and commissions including MFA, NDRC, MOST, MOF, MOA, MOC, and GAC, local EPDs (EPBs), the industrial associations, the scientific research institutions, the Chinese and international enterprises and the media outlets.
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