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China continues to use Banned Ozone-Depleting CFC

According to a recent research published in famous science journal 'Nature', China continues to use the banned ozone depleting chemical called CFC-11 in violation of the Montreal Protocol.

What does the research say?

  • Despite being a signatory to Montreal Protocol, and agreeing to phase out the production of harmful CFC-11 in 2010, China continues to emit ozone depleting CFC-11 in violation of Montreal Protocol.
  • An initial study about a year ago reported new global emissions of CFC-11 gas, which many scientists, environmental groups and policymakers had suspected but were only able to locate source generally as East Asia.
  • New findings by international team of researchers confirmed about suspected region and claimed that emissions of ozone layer harming gas are coming eastern China, primarily from its two heavily industrialised provinces namely Shandong province and Hebei province.
  • These two provinces originate between 40% and 60 % of total global CFC-11 emissions from Eastern China.

Reasons for these emissions:

  • China has world's largest polyurethane foam market which accounts for about 40 % of world's total consumption.
  • The Chinese foam manufacturers have been using CFC-11 illegally to save on higher cost of alternatives like hydrochloro-fluorocarbons named HCFC-141b, which is supposed to be phased out in China by 2026.
  • The research also found evidence that factories in Shandong province were still making and using gas to manufacture foam insulation.

About CFC-11:

  • It is also called as freon-11, Trichlorofluoromethane or R-11.
  • It is one of a class of compounds called chlorofluorocarbons that is responsible for destroying atmospheric ozone.
  • It is also a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that contributes to atmospheric warming.
  • Before being included in production moratorium agreed in the Montreal Protocol of 1987 it was widely being used as a refrigerant.

About the Montreal Protocol:

  • It is a legally binding international pact signed in 1987 to preserve degradation of atmospheric ozone layer that blocks harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiations from the Sun.
  • Excessive amounts of some types of UV radiation can cause eye damage and skin cancer in people and are also harmful to crops and vegetation.
  • The protocol prescribe that consumption and production of compounds that deplete ozone (03) such as halons, carbon tetrachloride, stratosphere-chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and methyl chloroform-are to be phased out by 2000 (2005 for methyl chloroform).
  • According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO), hole in ozone layer is on path of recovery and reduction in atmospheric concentration of CFC-11 has made second-largest contribution to its decline since 1990s.

Question:

Q. According to a recent research published in famous science journal 'Nature', which country continues to use the banned ozone depleting chemical called CFC-11 in violation of the Montreal Protocol?
a. China
b. Japan
c. South Korea
d. Thailand
China continues to use Banned Ozone-Depleting CFC China continues to use Banned Ozone-Depleting CFC Reviewed by Neha Verma on May 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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