Climate Change Secretariat to handle operations
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has launched a National Programme to reduce air pollution in Sri Lanka and it was decided to hand over operations to the Climate Change Secretariat in Sri Lanka. Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said following the signing of the SAARC Convention, Sri Lanka initiated the programme to take steps to implement greenhouse gas and air emission mitigation measures in Sri Lanka, focusing on areas specified in the report (National Determined Contribution) submitted to the SAARC Convention.
In addition, arrangements were made to involve State and non-governmental organisations who are relevant and experts in the relevant fields. The programme will take measures to reduce air pollution and to create a clean atmosphere to ensure the health of the public. This will also help in achieving long-term goals of the International Paris Convention. Meanwhile, it is also expected to cover all areas where pollutants enter the atmosphere, including air pollution from the industrial sector, vehicles, and from the energy sector. (ER)