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Use of ozone layer depleting substance falls 53pc in 4 yrs


The use of substances that depletes the Ozone Layer of the atmosphere has decreased by 53 per cent in Bangladesh during the last four years Environment Directorate officials said Saturday, reports BSS.
The highest ever 946.80 tonnes of Ozone depleting substances (ODS) was used in 1999. That has come down to 460.50 tonnes this year.
The Environment Directorate director general (DG) told the news agency that the government had taken massive initiatives on environment issues according to 'Montreal protocol' under the United Nation Environment Programme(UNEP) for reducing the use of Ozone Layer depleting substances.
"National ODS phase out plan has been formulated with an aim to decrease the use of the Ozone layer depleting substances by 85 per cent in 2007 and by 100 per cent in 2010", he said.
According to environment experts, the use of ODS in Bangladesh as in other developing countries are minimal compared to that of the developed ones.