China phases out 280,000 tonnes of ODS
March 28, 2019
China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced in Beijing that it had phased out 280,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances.
China announced that it had phased out a total of 280,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), according to Chinese news publication Xinhua Net.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment at a ‚Montreal Protocol Implementation capacity building seminar‘ held in Beijing from 18-19 March, according to Xinhua Net.
„The Chinese government has no tolerance for any illegal production of ODS,“ said Guo Jing, a senior official from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
Jing said that China would „continue to fulfill its promise and strengthen its supervision on the controlled substances to achieve its goal“.
Jing also referenced China’s special ODS law enforcement campaign announced in July of last year, which said that „enterprises (or individuals) suspected of producing and selling [ODSs] will be seriously investigated and punished“.
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A representative from China’s International Environmental Cooperation Center, a division of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, is scheduled to speak at the upcoming ATMOsphere China 2019 conference organised by shecco, publisher of this website, where a presentation on the latest updates of China’s efforts to phase down f-gases is expected.