In a recent seminar organized by the Punjab University, it was revealed that Pakistan has made progress in its efforts to protect the ozone layer. PU’s College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change organized the seminar called Hydrochlorofluoro carbons (HCFCs) Phase Out in Pakistan.
At the conference, CEES Principal Dr Sajid in presentation stated that,
“The findings showed that Pakistan has reduced these by 35%, which is a huge reduction.”
Pakistan is a signatory of the Montreal Protocol to reduce ozone depletion.
The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. It targets complete eradication of pollutants from the ozone layer by 2040.
In a first of its kind study conducted in Pakistan, according to the professor remote sensing with a Geographic Information System (GIS) was used along with gathered data from Karachi and Lahore. The findings are soon to be published in an international journal.