Questions have been asked as to why Zimbabwe and other third world countries are being burdened with programmes to phase out ozone depletion when the real culprits are known to be industrialised nations.
However, since Zimbabwe is a signatory to a number of international protocols such as the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, the country has to act to prevent global warming.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management Ozone Project Manager, Mr. George Chaumba said though it is common knowledge that industrialised countries are responsible for depleting the ozone layer, Zimbabwe still has to take mitigatory initiatives.
But such initiatives have economic implications such as unemployment and challenges in finding suitable replacements especially when some chemicals are banned, noted Director Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Edward Samuriwo.
Government recently promulgated new regulations to ban imports of phased out substances and control those still to be phased out. Under Statutory Instrument 7 of 2011 gazetted in January this year, the new regulations known as the Environmental Management (Prohibition and Control of Ozone Depleting Substances andÂ Equipment) Regulations of 2011 became operative in March.