The government has suffered a setback in meeting the Montreal Protocol requirements on dealing with ozone depleting substances after it emerged that the suggested materials used in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector are still not climate friendly.

The decision to replace Methyl Bromide and Chlorofluoro Carbons with Hydro Fluorocarbons, which are friendlier to the ozone layer, seem to have not achieved the intended goals after it has emerged that the new substances are not ideal to fight the effects of climate change.

The Director of Climate Change Management in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Wellington Zhakata confirmed the latest development and said his department has moved in to come up with a framework that will see the reduction in the use of such gases as a way of averting the effects of climate change.

“We have since managed to phase out the Methyl Bromide and Chlorofluorocarbons which were harmful to the ozone layer and the climate in line with the Montreal Protocol. We however replaced these with the hydro fluorocarbons which are friendlier to the ozone layer. Recent research has however proved that it is not doing well to avert climate change and as such, we are seeking to ratify the Protocol on the use of such substances by 33 percent by the year 2030. We are also working with communities to achieve a multi-sectoral approach in phasing refrigerants down,” he said.

Forestry Commission Chaser Farm Manager, Mr Tonderai Madhina said his organization is coming up with new drought resistant hybrids of trees for communities in the arid areas as they seek to reduce deforestation.

“As a research unit, we are working on introducing new species like the pine specie which we introduced in 2013 and is currently under experiment. We have also come up with hybrids which are drought resistant like the eucalyptus gratis, which we want to introduce in this region,” he said.

Scientific research has proved that trees play a significant role in absorbing nitrous oxides and other pollutants released when people burn fossil fuels which are highly destructive to the ozone layer, hence communities are encouraged to play a part in preserving forests and planting more trees as the fight against the effects of climate change escalate.