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Shift to ozone-friendly refrigerants, DENR 2 urges public

Tuguegarao City (10 February) -- The Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded owners of 1998 and below car models that they only have up to 2012 to use their car airconditioners as the Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), which are used as cooling agents will now be phased out.

For model 1999 and above car owners, they will no longer be allowed to renew their registration without shifting to environment -friendly car air condition.

The government will inspect car air condition systems as a requirement for registration to determine the type of refrigerant used.

During the Philippine Information Agency's (PIA) TV Program Isabel Anzia, the chief of the EMB's Pollution Control Division appealed to the general public to shift to ozone-friendly refrigerants and patronize only the service shops that are accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the servicing needs of their air conditioners and refrigerators.

The DENR-EMB said that the gradual reduction of CFC consumption in the region is part of the national CFC phase out plan, the Philippines' commitment to the Montreal Protocol.

It is recalled that the Philippines became a signatory to the Montreal Protocol on September 14, 1988.

The Philippines has banned the importation of CFCs effective last month to give way for the complete phase-out in 2012.

Chlorofluorocarbon or CFC, which is more commonly known as Freon, is a chemical compound which consists of carbon, chlorine and fluorine atoms. CFC is used by different industries as refrigerant, propellant, blowing agent, solvent, and cleaning agent. (PIA 2) [top]

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