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Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Bill 2013 passed by the Tonga Legislative Assembly to become an Act

Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Bill 2013 passed by the Tonga Legislative Assembly

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Tonga as a party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is working towards phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.

Recognizing that worldwide emissions of certain substances can significantly deplete and otherwise modify the ozone layer in a manner that is likely to result in adverse effects on human health and the environment, the Ozone Layer Protection Act was passed in 2010 from Parliament. The Ozone Layer Protection Act aims to protect the ozone layer by taking precautionary measures to control emissions of substances that deplete the ozone thus protecting our people and Environment from being affected.

The Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources in 2013 reviewed the Ozone layer Protection Act 2010 and proposed amendments based on the need to satisfy Tonga’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Tonga Legislative Assembly passed the Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Bill 2013 on Monday 21st of March 2014. The amendments include placing a quota system in place for approved workshops/technicians to apply for a permit to import ODP (Ozone Depleting Products) but subject to Minister’s approval to grant permits. The quota system also inform importers of the amount of HCFC’s (expressed in ODP tones) they are allowed to import during the quota period.

The Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, the Customs Department of Tonga and both government and Non Government Organisations are working closely to enforce the Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Act.

For more information please contact Mr. Uikelotu Vunga via email at vungauikelotu@gmail.com

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