The first China Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection Awards were presented at a ceremony marking the ninth World Ozone Protection Day. Carrier Corporation and the State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) gave the awards jointly to organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to China’s ozone depletion efforts.
Xie Zhenhua, Minister, SEPA and other senior Chinese officials presented six Gold Awards and one Special Gold Award at a ceremony attended by more than 200 guests at the Great Hall of the People.
Wang Yangzu, former Deputy Director General of SEPA, received the Special Gold Award for his contributions as the leader of the Chinese delegation’s participation in nine international conferences, actively pioneering a new method of international co-operation by combining the international treaty and the use of funds derived from the Multi-Lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, a special fund created by the United Nations to financially support the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in developing nations.
Recipients of the Gold Award include: the Foam Replacement Project team, for its new model of industry reconstruction; Tang Xiaoyan, professor at Beijing University, who as one of the first professors involved in China’s environmental protection study led the effort to shape the State Scheme of Ozone Layer Protection and participated in mapping out all nine of the current industry schemes; Sun Lun, former director general of the Firefighting Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, for formulating the first ozone layer protection plan for Chinese industry and ratifying some 20 related criteria; the China Electronic Home Appliances Association for its work in promoting ozone protection; and, Qingdao Aucma Co., Ltd., a large-scale corporation that has made outstanding achievements in using ODS alternatives in refrigerators and freezers.
The award ceremony was presided over by Mr. Zhu Guangyao, the Vice Minister of SEPA. According to Mr. Zhu, China has made tremendous achievements in ozone layer protection and has phased out the largest amount of ODS among developing countries.
to Daily News