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5000 mechanics formed in Cuba in ozone layer protection principles

Five thousand refrigeration mechanics have been formed in Cuba to reduce harming CFC gas emissions in order to protect the ozone layer, reported the National Information Agency.

Doctor Nelson Espinosa, director of the Ozone Technical Office (OTOZ), said in a press conference Wednesday that the training program continues this year to include technicians, specialists and workers in order to advance in the reconversion of commercial regrigeration equipment into alternative technologies.

The latter lack chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) which harm the umbrella that protects the planet from the sun's ultraviolet rays, a shield which in the southern hemisphere is minimal in the spring and later regenerates, according to the Cuban expert.

Espinosa added that in 2006, the reduction of CFCs in the island reached 288 tons. Customs inspectors are also being trained with the goal of detecting those harmful elements.

The expert described as satisfactory the results of national policy for the preservation of the also called blue gas, since September 16, 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed and further on the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed that date as International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer.

The Director of the OTOZ said activities for this date will continue through September 30 in working and study centers with children's meetings, kite and sports festivals, award-giving contests and stamp cancellations.

Cuba complies with all the commitments of the Montreal Protocol and beyond, as the reduction by 66.80 percent in CFCs consumption, 70.20 percent of methyl bromide and other agents that harm the ozone layer.

Source: Prensa Latina

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