Originally structured in response to growing concerns of harmful ultraviolet rays penetrating through a thinning ozone layer, the Montreal Protocol is often seen as one of the most successful international environmental accords. This webinar will further discuss Malaysia’s commitments, achievements, and way forwards to achieve the goals.
Ms. Mazrini binti Mohmad, Principal Assistant Secretary, Environmental Management Division, Ministry of Environment and Water, Malaysia (KASA).
She joined the public service since 2006 and currently serve in Environmental Management Division in the ministry since 2018 as Principle Assistant Secretary, Air Pollution Management Unit that involves in the development of policies relating to air pollution including the protection of ozone layer as well as coordinating the review of Environmental Quality Act 1974. She has a Master of Business Administration, The National University of Malaysia.
YBhg. Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang is Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Water. He is an environmental engineer by training, and an avid cyclist by lifestyle.
He has envisioned and interested to encourage low carbon society by walking more than driving, cycling more than gadgeting. He was chairman of various technical committee to promote green technology, low carbon mobility, water sustainability and river trails. He was a professor of environmental sustainability at UTM, and visiting professor at Imperial College London and MIT. He was a vice-chancellor of a university, Secretary General of ministries on higher education, energy, green technology and water. He writes poems and loves hiking and river trailing.
Niloy is the UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. He is a development economist with specialization in effective institutions and capacity development.
He previously led the UN System Affairs Group in UNDP, based in New York. In this position he led UNDP's interface with UN agencies, funds and programmes, and with Member States in the arena of intergovernmental affairs. He has also led UNDP's engagement in the round of UN reforms. In previous assignments, he has been the Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Development Group; and Team Leader and Policy Advisor of Asia-Pacific - all for the Bureau for Development Policy in UNDP. He is highly familiar with the region, having been a regional policy advisor who supported countries in Asia-Pacific, and set up of the Singapore Policy Centre for UNDP. Niloy has a Masters in Economics from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and is a Fellow of the City University of New York.
Viraj Vithoontien is a Montreal Protocol expert. Before his retirement, he was a Lead Environmental Specialist at the World Bank and was leading technical specialist on ozone protection with climate benefits.
He was the coordinator for the East Asia and Pacific Region portfolio of projects on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. He was also served as Task Team Leader of four active projects related to chemicals management and was the Bank’s lead technical negotiator related to financing ozone projects. Viraj holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University; a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalonghorn University in Thailand. He has over 30 years of experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors working at the international level in support of developing countries’ implementation of the Montreal Protocol, including 24 years with the World Bank. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his work related to ozone protection including from UNEP, the government of Thailand, the government of Vietnam, and the World Bank.
The ozone layer or ozone shield is a region of Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. This webinar will discuss more on the nature of atmospheric ozone, the chemicals that cause ozone depletion, how global and polar ozone depletion occur, the extent of ozone depletion, the success of the Montreal Protocol, and the possible future of the ozone layer.
Prof Dr Mohd Talib Latif is currently a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and a fellow of Malaysian Academy of Science (FASc). He was a Deputy Dean of Postgraduate at Faculty of Science and Technology from the year 2018 to 2020.
His main research work includes the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including sea surface microlayer (SML). He also works on the composition of gases particularly surface ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere. His research group has been working closely with government agencies in Malaysia such as Department of Environment (DOE) and Meteorological Department (MET). At the international level, he was actively involved with research community within Asian continent through International Global on Atmospheric Chemistry- Monsoon Asia (IGAC-Mango) project. In 2018, he was appointed as one of the scientific steering committees for Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS). In 2018 he received the Top Research Scientist Malaysian (TRSM) Award from Academy Science Malaysia.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Justin Sentian is a research fellow from Faculty of Science and Natural Resources of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). He is the first Malaysian scientist to collaborate with the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) in a research expedition at the Great Wall Station, Antarctica.
He received Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation’s grant and represented Malaysia to carry out a climate and atmospheric science research project at the Antarctica together with the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA).
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim Hwee San is currently a Deputy Dean of Research, Innovation and Industry-Community Engagement from School of Physics at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He had been a lecturer in USM since the year 2006.
His research interests lie generally in the field of optical remote sensing, both passive and active and digital image processing, particularly as it applies to spectral image data. In both cases, the primary applications are water quality monitoring, air quality monitoring, land cover/change detection, land surface properties and digital images classification. He is also interested in modeling of the optical properties of atmospheric aerosols. His current effort focuses on the applications of ground based Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and satellite based LIDAR data for air pollution and green house effects study.
Dr. Shazwin Mat Taib is a senior lecturer from Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Her main research work include the phase out of fluorocarbon which has gained attention for the next phase of potential energy savings from end-of-life refrigeration system. With her background education for bachelor degree, master degree and PhD in Japan, she managed to link both institutions and industries from both countries as strategic partners on research collaborations. Her aim on striving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in Malaysia proved as she work on policies, system and implementation wise with the pilot project on campus based.
In line with the HCFC phase-out program, the webinar aims to provide foamers with information regarding zero ODP low GWP alternatives or non-HCFC alternatives and provide assistance to foam enterprises to select the right choice for their applications.
She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, Selangor. Passionate about environment, she joined an environmental consultancy firm in Sabah, working on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for development projects. She joined the Department in 2009 and was based in the Environment Institute of Malaysia (EiMAS) for 3 years, assigned to develop and conduct trainings related to EIA. Later, she was transferred to Air Division in DOE headquarters, where she is joined to Climate Change section and later transferred to the Ozone Protection Section. Her current portfolio involved control of ozone depleting substances to ensure the compliance to the Montreal Protocol obligations.
Paulo Altoé, residing in Brazil, co-chair of Foams Technical Options Committee and appointed as member of TEAP’s Task Force on Unexpected Emissions of CFC-11 under Decision XXX/3. He is a part time consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). His main activity is to support the HPMP preparation and implementation process in different regions. He is also a member of the World Bank’s OORG advisory group in the foams area.
Registered Chemist with Institut Kimia Malaysia. Started his carrier in polyurethane industry after graduated from UPM for his master’s degree in year 2006. Active in the R&D of polyurethane formulation, technical consultation and marketing. Currently, leads the R&D and sales team of Growchem Sdn Bhd.
He has been in PU foam industry for more than 43 years since 1978. Starting off his carrier at Premium Products Malaysian as a sale personnel in 1978. He was sent to Germany, in 1989, and to Italy, in 1996, for technical training. From 2000 until 2013, he was involved in setting up several system houses in Richgold system house, Premium Polyurethane Technology system house, CCM Chemicals (Malaysia) and PU division at Vikudha. Currently, he is a technical and market development manager at RLA Polymers (M) Sdn Bhd leading the team in development of rigid and flexible foam system, market development and technical service, and sales and Marketing.
This pocket talk is about the ozone layer protection that covers the role of ozone, effects and the main cause of ozone depletion as well as Malaysia’s commitments in protecting the ozone layer and combating global climate change throughout the implementation of Montreal Protocol.
Mr Muhamad Fadli Shikh Awadz is currently a project assistant for the HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan Stage II (HPMP II) project at the National Ozone Unit, Department of Environment Malaysia (DOE).
This pocket talk is about Malaysia’s commitment to ozone layer and climate protection through Kigali Amendment. Malaysia had ratified the Kigali Amendment on the 21st of October 2020. This amendment aims to reduce the consumption of Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) in order to further mitigate the impact to climate change. This ratification brings a lot of benefits to our country in terms of access to trade, financial mechanism under the multilateral fund (MLF), competitive market for products that are more energy efficient, flexibility in designing HFC phase-down strategies and also at the same time combating climate change. Malaysia's participation in the Kigali Amendment shows the country's continuous efforts in working with the global community on environmental issues and challenges towards sustainable development.
Ms Nurhusna Najwa is currently a project assistant of Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP II) at the National Ozone Unit of Air Division, Department of Environment (DOE).
Malaysia imports all of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) substances for consumption in the control. Therefore, in this respect it is vital for customs officer to be trained in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the import control system and prevent illegal smuggling of ODS especially HCFC. In 2021, the Department of Environment Malaysia in collaboration with the Royal Customs Academy Malaysia (AKMAL) organized the virtual training programme tentatively from 05 - 07 October 2021. The main objectives of the training to increase awareness, enhance knowledge and improve understanding on the control of import and export of the Ozone Depletion Substances (ODS). The programme also aimed to further enhance the smart partnership between DOE and Royal Customs Department.
Department of Environment (DOE) organize the Refresher Course for Master Trainers in the Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Service Sector via online due to the restriction under the MCO. The Master Trainers consisted of trainers or facilitators that were authorized to conduct the Certified Service Technician Program (CSTP). The main objective of the course was to update and provide guidance to the trainers on the new training manual that is used in the CSTP programme starting in 2020. The course involved two components; theoretical and practical demonstration on best practices in servicing of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.
16 September has been proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (World Ozone Day), commemorating the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on 16 September 1987. World Ozone Day has been celebrated annually around the world to draw attention to the importance of ozone layer protection and achievements from implementing the Montreal Protocol to the public. To raise public awareness on Montreal Protocol, including the Kigali Amendment, and to commemorate World Ozone Day, the National Ozone Unit of Malaysia, with the support of UNEP, is launching a national-level Regional Ozone2Climate Art Contest campaign commencing on the upcoming 2021 World Ozone Day. This activity aims to promote the linkage of ozone layer and climate change protection, as well as achievements made under the Montreal Protocol, and to outreach for continuous mobilization of public support on the phase-out of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and phase-down of HFCs.