Climate: Nigeria could ban refrigerators and air conditioners by 2023

Nigeria’s federal government has said it will ban all substances that are unfriendly to the ozone layer, including refrigerators and air conditioning systems.

This is in line with the Montreal Protocol, a treaty put in place to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of many substances believed to be responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer.

A representative of the Environment Unit of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mr. Oladipo Supo, said that the substances that will be banned will include electronic devices such as refrigerators, air conditioners, generators, water dispensers, etc. water and photocopiers, among others.

This was revealed during a stakeholder workshop for the validation of the draft National Cooling Plan in accordance with the Montreal Protocol agreement, to which Nigeria is a signatory.

He said, “Nigeria is committed because it is among the signatories. We are looking at January 1, 2023, when some of these substances will no longer be allowed in the country.

“In the refrigeration sector, we only have technicians. The people who fix them are technicians on the street.

Supo added that the Federal Environment Ministry is trying to ensure that the alternatives are available before the year 2023, when the banning of the items will begin.

According to him, alternatives must be proposed before the prohibition of such articles.

Environment Minister Mohammed Abdullahi condemned some developing countries for using refrigerants with high ozone-depleting potential, such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

He said emissions are expected to rise to around 8.97 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050 and contribute to global warming and climate change.

“Direct emissions are refrigerant related emissions from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment during installation, maintenance, repair and servicing”

“Indirect emissions and energy consumption of appliance-related emissions due to the huge electricity consumption of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment,” he said.

Karl M. Bailey