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Nduna wants airlines that pollute Zimbabwe’s atmosphere to pay

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  • Nduna told Parliament that with the right kind of satellite and radar systems, which he asked Treasury to help procure, Zimbabwean aviation authorities could monitor aircraft that overfly its air space and leave emissions that cause climate change.

By Nompumelelo Sibanda

AIRCRAFT that fly over Zimbabwe and leave a trail of gases in our atmosphere must be made to pay for the pollution, Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF) has said.

Nduna, a former Air Force of Zimbabwe pilot and veteran of the DR Congo mission, said it was possible to identify the aircraft flying over a country’s airspace and charge them for the pollution if they leave a contrail layer.

A condensed trail (contrail for short) is a trail of cloud which forms behind an aircraft flying, usually at high level, in moist and very cold air.

Nduna told Parliament that with the right kind of satellite and radar systems, which he asked Treasury to help procure, Zimbabwean aviation authorities could monitor aircraft that overfly its air space and leave emissions that cause climate change.

“You have seen what is caused a contrail layer; it is what is left behind by an aircraft big or small that is using after burner or which is using a lot of gases emitted from it as fuel. These gases lead to depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere which this aircraft is overflying.

“If we are able to detect these aircraft and know which country they come from, we as Zimbabwe can get payment for such happenings in order to compensate the depletion of our ozone layer within our atmosphere,” said Nduna, a
50-year-old Air Force of Zimbabwe Flight Lieutenant (Retired).

Airlines connecting South Africa to the rest of Africa and rest of Europe fly over Zimbabwean airspace. However, the Zimbabwe Voice was not able to immediately verify whether any nation directly makes airlines pay for contrail layers.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndlovu yesterday said Zimbabwe has not been a bystander but actively interacts with other nations on issues of climate change and ozone layer depletion.

Ndlovu said companies that are into manufacturing of refrigeration components using old technologies are among the culprits contributing to ozone depleting substances released into the atmosphere.

He said to that end, Zimbabwean refrigerator manufacturer Capri has received more than US$400 000 to migrate into technologies that are friendly to the ozone layer as well as to the climate.

“They are not closing but we have facilitated that they acquire technologies that are friendly to the ozone layer and they have migrated smoothly.

“No one can say today that they cannot find a Capri refrigerator. We have been able to get that support,” he said.

He was responding to a report by the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on, Environment, Climate and Tourism on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

The Montreal Protocol is aimed at the protection of atmosphere from pollutants. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer was signed in 1987.

Zimbabwe ratified the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol in 1992 binding the country to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances. — Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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