Malé, Maldives – The Ministries of Education and the Environment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to install eco friendly air conditions in all schools across the Maldives.
During the ceremony held on Thursday, the MoU was signed by Minister Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan on behalf of the Environment Ministry, while the Education Ministry was represented by Minister Dr. Aishath Ali.
As per this agreement, air conditions which utilize hydrofluorocarbons (HFC22) gas would be replaced with air conditions which do not harm the ozone layer. This project is carried out with the assistance of the ‘Go Green’ program by the New Zealand government.
During the ceremony, Environment Minister Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan highlighted that efforts are underway to decrease the level of utilization of HCF22 gases, while the Education Minister revealed that 486 air conditions in 90 schools require this gas currently, which would be changed through this initiative.
The government of Maldives agreed to stop using hydrofluorocarbons in the country by the year 2020, while the country stopped importing devices which require the gas in 2015. According the current regulations, HFC gas can only be imported in the Maldives until the year 2025, which is also only in amount sufficient to cater to the devices which are already in use in the country.