On 16th September 2019, Kenya joined the rest of the world in celebrating the "International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer".
The theme '32 years and healing' marked over 3 decades of healing of the ozone layer. The Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) supported various activities of the day and highlighted GIZ PROKLIMAs cooperation with the kenyan government in protecting the ozone layer and adopting climate friendly technologies in line with the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The National Ozone Unit (NOU) under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and other key government Institutions, such as the Kenya Revenue Authority (opens in a new window) (KRA), National Environmental Management Authority (opens in a new window)(NEMA) and National Cereals and Produce Board (opens in a new window) (NCPB), highlighted their various measures which resulted to countries collective effort towards the healing of the ozone layer.
The industry also showcased some of the natural refrigerants that are used as alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The Government Institutions and Industries have been collaborating with GIZ Proklima for over 10 years in adopting safe measures and practices for the protection of the ozone layer. Kenya is one of the four countries in Africa that carry out both vertical profile and total column of the ozone measurement. The day provided a perfect opportunity to look at how ozone layer measurement is done and why it is a key activity to a healthy environment.