Malaysia to start reducing


HCFC import next yearMalaysia will start reducing its hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) import quota on Jan 1, 2013, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.

Natural Resources and Environment deputy minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the move was in line with the government’s commitment to halt HCFC use and import from 2030 onwards.

“It is also pursuant to Malaysia’s obligation to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone-Depleting Substances,” he said in an oral reply to Datuk Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong) during the question and answer session.

HCFCs have a negative effect on the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer which protects humans, animals and plants against the harmful ultraviolet-B rays of the sun.

To a supplementary question by Noraini on Malaysia’s performance in greenhouse gas (GHG) emmission reduction, Kurup said the country had achieved 70 per cent of the 40 per cent targetted reduction by 2020.

“The cumulative reduction totaled 27.2 million tonnes as against the 38 million tonnes targetted by 2020,” he said. — Bernama