Protecting Ozone Layer in Georgia

16 Sep 2013

imageFrom left to right: Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Finance, Khatuna Gogaladze, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Sopho Kemkhadze, UNDP Georgia, Inita Paulovica, Acting Head of the UNDP in Georgia. Photos: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

TBILISI. 16 September 2013. The Georgian customs will use new equipment to control import and export of the banned ozone-depleting substances. The Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, and the Head of the Customs Department, Vladimer Khundadze, received a new devise today from the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Khatuna Gogaladze, and the Acting Head of the UNDP in Georgia, Inita Paulovica.

The event in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection was organised to celebrate International Day for Preserving the Ozone Layer and to discuss Georgia’s achievements and challenges in this area.

“Georgia has already reduced the consumption of most harmful ozone-depleting substances from 22.5 tons a year in 1996 to zero. We work together with our international and national partners to phase out the other harmful substances and to make our economy and life-style greener and safer,” –Minister Gogaladze said.

The Association of Refrigerating, Cryogenic and Air-Conditioning Engineers of Georgia presented the first issue of a monthly journal “Refrigeration and Environment”. Published with assistance from UNDP, the edition provides scientific and technical information to the researchers and practitioners working in the area of refrigeration, air conditioning and environment protection.    

“Today the protection of environment calls for creative solutions and new approaches in every aspect of life – in politics, economy, business, education, scientific work and our every-day activities. UNDP is proud to be part of this process and will continue our assistance to Georgia for sustainable future,” – said Inita Paulovica, Acting Head of UNDP in Georgia.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and UNDP continue working hand in hand with the government, business, civil society and academic institutions to make Georgia a safe area for the stratospheric ozone layer.   

With funds from the Multi-Lateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol, UNDP assistance since 2006 included the establishment of centres for recycling harmful refrigerants, equipment of refrigeration and air conditioning service centres, training of refrigeration and air conditioning service professionals and customs officers, and the assistance to businesses and organizations in upgrading equipment and moving to harmless refrigerants.

Contact Information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP Georgia, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org, +995 599 196907 (mobile)

Inga Nikagosian, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia,pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 577293973 (mobile)