Mauritius government support for hydrocarbons

By Sabine Lobnig, Mar 13, 2009, 17:27 1 minute reading

At the launch of the ozone layer campaign in Mauritius, the small island which is particularly vulnerable to climate change, the government signaled its support for the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in domestic refrigeration appliances by handing over two sets of hydrocarbon equipment to local tertiary education institutes.

The Minister of Environment and National Development of Mauritius, Lormus Bundhoo, launched this week the ozone layer campaign for students at a state secondary school, where he further announced that a wider National Environment Literacy Programme (NELP) was at the preparation stage. Mauritius is particularly concerned with environmental issues and as such it is a member of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change.

At the event, Minister Bundhoo recalled that the objective of the Ozone layer sensitisation campaign is to foster new values, attitudes and ethical awareness in young children as regards the protection of the environment so that they are able to rethink and change patterns of action.

Support for hydrocarbons

Driven by these concerns, the Ministry of Environment and National Development Unit is promoting the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in domestic refrigerators, as they are both ozone and climate friendly. To this end, it handed over two sets of hydrocarbon equipments to two local entities offering tertiary education, namely the Industrial and Vocational Training Board and the Superior Technology Institute (Institut Supérieur de Technologie).

About the institutes

The Industrial and Vocational Training Board (IVTB) was set up in 1988 to promote vocational education and training with the purposes of supplying a properly trained workforce for the industrial, services and domestic sectors. As from 1998 the IVTB has also started running selected tertiary level programmes.

The Institut Supérieur de Technologie (IST) is a Polytechnic managed by the Technical School Management Trust Fund (TSMTF) and provides tertiary level education.


By Sabine Lobnig

Mar 13, 2009, 17:27

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