In a cabinet meeting which took place at State House in Entebbe on Monday, Ugandan ministers approved the ratification of the Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol.
The development was revealed in a Tuesday press statement by deputy government spokesman, Col. Shaban Bantariza.
Expected to bring about a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the amendment will take effect in January 2019 as a number of European Union Member States have now deposited their ratification instruments to bring into force.
Uganda is the latest country to join nations that have approved the amendment; the Amendment has now been ratified by 20 parties, including EU members Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK
The Kigali Amendment was agreed in October 2016 by the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol, in order to gradually reduce global production and consumption of HFCs.
Developed countries will go first, but developing countries also take on firm reduction commitments in the medium term.
Implementation of the agreement is expected to prevent up to 80 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent of emissions by 2050, which will make a significant contribution to the Paris Agreement objective to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C.
Further benefits may be achieved by exploiting synergies with energy efficiency in the transition to alternative new technologies.
The 30-year-old Montreal Protocol has been highly successful in protecting the Earth’s ozone layer, and the Kigali Amendment will allow it to make a wider and important contribution to global efforts to mitigate climate change.
According to the statement issued by the government spokesman, “Uganda will commemorate the International Labour Day on 1st May, 2018 in Sembabule district.
To be held at Sembabule Town Council Play Ground, the event will run under the theme “Promoting the Public Spirit in the Public Sector”.