Nigeria has received up to $28.1m over the past 6 years to help phase out the use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), including replacing chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFC’s) with hydrofluorocarbon gases (HCFC’s), according to an official of the United Nations Development Programme.

The funds were received under the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol which Nigeria is a signatory to, designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out ODS.

The fund was also established to help developing countries to phase out the use of ODS used in refrigeration, foam extrusion, industrial cleaning, fire safety and fumigation. Some chemicals and gases produced by industrial processes, such as CFC’s, are gradually destroying the ozone and it seems that in West Africa the use of such funding is enabling Nigeria to reduce its industrial gas pollution.

The UN official, Dr David Omotosho, commented, “The overall level of compliance in Nigeria is very high as fridges currently produced in Nigeria are ozone friendly. This was due to the fact that many refrigeration manufacturing companies which used CFC’s were substituted with HCFC’s, a more friendly gas.”