A training workshop on the Montreal Protocol Licensing system was conducted by the National
Environment Service. NES/22122129
The National Environment Service (NES) has held a training workshop on the Montreal
Protocol Licensing system.
It was attended by Cook Islands Customs Officers, Customs Brokers and importers
of controlled substances listed under the Montreal Protocol.
The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Montreal Protocol
Licensing System, which requires importers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and
hydrocarbons (HCs) refrigerants to apply for an import permit.
HFCs are harmful chemicals that contribute towards climate change and
HCs are the alternatives which have minor impact on the environment, says
National Environment Service.
The Cook Islands Government have committed to the phasing down of hydrofluorocarbons
to ensure the country is playing a part in reducing Green House Gas (GHG)
In a statement, National Environment Service said the licensing system
will help to monitor the importation, consumption and trade of HFCs and HCs,
for which the Cook Islands have a set baseline that the country must stay
Importers must register with the NES before applying for a permit to
NES Montreal Protocol project coordinator, Mii Herman acknowledges the
hard work that customs officers do to strengthen illegal trade measures and
“Collaboration and cooperation at national level is important, we must work
together to make the work lighter and achievable.”
The Montreal Protocol System will be effective from January 1, 2023.