Cuban Companies and Institutions Abandon Use of Ozone Depleting Substances
- Submitted by: manso
- 08 / 06 / 2010
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 5 (acn) The national Ozone Technical Office has granted awards to more than 30 Cuban companies and institutions that have ceased to use ozone depleting substances.
Most of these institutions eliminated the use of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant gases known as CFCs of refrigeration systems and air conditioners, foam insulation, solvents and disposable containers.
According to the website of the Ozone Technical Office, the list of companies and institutions includes the Barcelo Marina Palace,Oberostal Playa Alameda and Brisas Guardalavaca hotels; the School of Tourism and Hotel Management; and Marina Gaviota S.A.
The elimination of CFCs is part of a National Program of Management that includes the restructuring of equipment to use technology free from ozone depleting substances or with a low content of them.
In the case of methyl bromide, the awards were for the Fruit Company,GELMA Logistics, Mountain Agriculture and the Military Agricultural and Livestock Union.
Since 1998, Cuban tobacco producers began to reduce the use of methyl bromide as a pesticide and introduced alternatives recommended by the National Institute for Plant Health. In 2002, it was completely eliminated.
In 2005, the initiative was expanded to other protected crops, coffee tree nurseries and decorative plants as well as grain silos and warehouses.