8th edition of the JFEC: Air pollution, responsible for 7 million deaths each year

Nestor Bassière, Minister of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC), proceeded this Thursday, September 17, 2020, in Ouagadougou, to the official launch of the 8th edition of Low Carbon Emissions Days (JFEC) and the 35th International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer under the theme: “energy challenges and preservation of air quality”.

The objective of this 8th edition of Low Carbon Emissions Days (JFEC), according to the words of the Minister of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC), Nestor Bassière, is to contribute to improving energy efficiency while preserving air quality. Jointly commemorated with the 35th International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, this eighth edition of the JFEC served as a framework for the Minister to invite the entire population to appropriate and implement ten commitments that he presented as being the “10 commitments of the JFEC”. “I will travel on foot for my small errands; I will favor cycling for some of my trips; I will subscribe to public transport for my trips; I will practice carpooling; I will ensure the regular maintenance of my machine; I will use the air conditioner rationally… ”he quoted.

But before that, he recalled that a study carried out by the MEEVCC in 2007, on the quality of the air in the city of Ouagadougou, revealed that two-wheeled vehicles are responsible for about 60% of monoxide. of carbon emitted, 95% unburnt; and four-wheeled vehicles are responsible for about 33% of carbon monoxide emitted and 5% unburnt. “In addition, an air quality control campaign carried out in November 2018 by my department in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso gives results on particulate pollutants which are doubly higher (558 ug / m3) than national standards and to those of the World Health Organization (WHO), 300 ug / m3 ”, he added. He further informed,

Co-organizer of this eight edition of the JFEC, Global distribution metal oil SA, a company active in the recovery of waste, said it was aware of the dangers linked to environmental pollution. She then, through the voice of its Director General, Mahamadi Sawadogo, also sponsor of the official launching ceremony of the JFEC, recalled her actions already carried out and then indicated her commitments in order to meet the energy challenges in Burkina Faso and fight against the air pollution. “Strengthen our collaboration with the Minister of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, with town halls by supporting actions undertaken…; raise citizens’ awareness of the health impacts of pollution generated by open burning of waste; act as an example of the administration, etc. “, he listed. A delivery of prizes to the winners of the radio competition, organized on the occasion of these JFEC, and a symbolic delivery of materials also punctuated this ceremony.

JFECs are celebrated every year. They were established in 2008 and are intended to be a framework for national consultation with a view to coordinating actions to combat atmospheric pollution. Its general objective is to contribute, on the one hand, to raising public awareness of the dangers associated with air pollution and, on the other hand, to offer a platform for calling on actors to change their behavior to reverse them. different production sectors. At this 8th edition, Minister Bassière described as “positive” the results of the JFEC since its establishment (in 2008).

Tambi Serge Pacôme Zongo

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