Virtual Stakeholder Consultation on Developing National Cooling Policy (NCP) of Sri Lanka
15 July 2021
The Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources and IPS with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised a virtual stakeholder consultation on ‘Developing the National Cooling Policy (NCP) of Sri Lanka.’ The main objective of the workshop was to facilitate a dialogue between key stakeholders in the energy conservation sector, particularly in the cooling sector in Sri Lanka on the NCP development process.
Welcoming the participants, Mr Rifa Wadood, Director, Air Resource Management and National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources said, “The NCP will be the key policy document that guides policy actions on issues related to cooling in the country in order to fulfil the country’s rapidly growing cooling requirements in a climate-friendly manner.”
Delivering the key note speech, Mr Shaofeng Hu, Montreal Protocol Senior Regional Coordinator, Compliance Programme, UNEP said, “Cooling is a critical development need that is linked with the many SDGs. It is not a luxury anymore, but a daily need. As a developing country, Sri Lanka needs to improve access to cooling services especially in areas outside the Western Province.”
Dr Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Research Fellow at IPS highlighted the importance of having a cooling policy for the country so that the phasing out of ozone depleting substances according to the Montreal Protocol would not have negative impacts on the country’s refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector. Dr Erandathie Pathiraja, Economist at IPS, moderated the discussion focusing on identifying policy, regulatory, institutional, financial and technology gaps related to the cool chain in Sri Lanka.