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OzoNews Vol. XIV, 15 April issue
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UNEP OzonAction Webinar Series-2014

"Refrigerants, Naturally! Cool Partnership", on Monday, 14 April 2014, at 2:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)  [This session has ended]

"Outcomes of the global workshop to address remaining challenges for total phase-out of methyl bromide in developing countries"on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, at 2:00 PM CEST (GMT+2) [This session has ended]

Vacancy Announcement

P3 ROLAC HPMPO post is now advertised, with a posting period of 3 April 2014-2 June 2014. Click here to learn more / Apply

7th Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of English- and French-speaking African countries

Addis Ababa, 28 March 2014 - Ahead of the 1 January 2015 target to meet the ten percent step down from the freeze level of Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFC) phase-out set by the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, forty-seven African countries met from 24-28 March, 2014 in Addis Ababa to exchange experiences and address common issues with HCFC and methyl bromide (MB) phase-out.  Read more

Ozone Layer Protection Talks in Minsk

Contact Group Meeting on the Implications of Joining the Customs Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Minsk, Belarus, 18-20 Mach 2014  Read more: E | R

Pacific Islands Countries 6th Network Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs OfficersTraining

Nuku’alofa, 14 March 2014 - The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, through Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, hosted the Sixth Meeting of Pacific Islands Countries (PIC) Network of Ozone Officers and Training of Customs Officers on 10-14 March 2014. The objectives of these events were to deliver to PIC National Ozone and Customs Enforcement officers the needed skills and resources required to sustain national implementation of phase-out measures under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.  All the Pacific island countries are Parties to the Montreal Protocol and are in compliance with the obligations.  Read more

Southeast and West Asia countries certification schemes for refrigeration and AC technicians

The governments of Cambodia, Oman, Philippines and Saudi Arabia today agreed to further explore innovative means of cooperation between countries and regions at the closing of the Inter-regional Study Tour on the Certification of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Technicians of the Philippines organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Branch in cooperation with the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) from 17 to 19 March 2014.  Read more

Nature Geoscience Article on ODS

An article was published on 9 March 2014 in Nature Geoscience on "Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere". The article, written by reputable scientists, has identified 3 CFCs (CFC-112, CFC-112a, and CFC-113a) and 1 HCFC (HCFC-133a) to have grown in concentration in the atmosphere, with CFC-113a and HCFC-133a still growing considerably. Those substances are controlled under the Montreal Protocol.

The article has been sent to the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol for their review and subsequent consideration by the Parties.

Workshop to address remaining challenges for total phase-out of MB in developing countries
Sharm El-Sheikh, 23 February 2014 –With eight months remaining to meet one of the most challenging targets set by the Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, developing nations are pushing ahead on phasing out methyl bromide (MB), which has been used as a fumigant to control pests in agriculture.

With assistance from the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, experts and officials have been working during the last two decades to promote sustainable and safe alternatives to one of the world’s top five most widely used pesticides.  Read more

It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Mr. Nandan Chirmulay.

Nandan worked with the United Nations Development Programme Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit since 1994 as independent technical expert and then as a Senior Technical Adviser and Regional Coordinator for UNDP’s Montreal Protocol programme. He was an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable engineer with a very proactive and professional approach to his work.

The Montreal Protocol Community has lost a very valued colleague and friend. We send our sincere condolences to Nandan's family and colleagues.  See Nandan’s profile on the Montreal Protocol Who’s Who

"Ozone Connections" Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance, Free access from GreenLeaf

Greenleaf Publishing is pleased to make its book Ozone Connections: Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance” authored by Penelope Canan and Nancy Reichman, freely available to the UNEP and its National Ozone Units worldwide for one year, beginning on 16 September 2013.  Read more

OzoNews 14 Years of Continued News Service

OzoNews Vol. XIV, 15 January 2014 issue. This 15 January 2014 edition of OzoNews marks 14 years of continued service, providing a comprehensive news update relating to the ozone and climate protection and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol directly to your screen.

The 2009 OzoNews Readers Survey -Report  showed that 96% of readers were satisfied or very satisfied by OzoNews and three-quarters share OzoNews with colleagues or friends, thus increasing the number of readers to thousands around the world! Your invaluable support and feedback throughout the years helped us serve you better. We always welcome your feedback to continue spreading news about the importance of ozone and climate protection and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued interest!
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Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers - Third Edition - NOW AVAILABLE

The third edition of the Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers provides the necessary guidance and information to effectively monitor and facilitate the legal trade in ozone depleting substances and to combat their illegal trade. It presents information on the international policy context and an overview of the technical issues, including information on chemicals and products traded and how these may be smuggled. The manual is intended for conducting training programmes for Customs and enforcement Officers as well as serving as a stand-alone reference/refresher document.  Read more

ROA Ozone Protection Award 2014 for Customs & Enforcement Officers

UNEP OzonAction Regional Office for Africa/Compliance Assistance Programme (ROA/CAP) offers you an opportunity for global recognition through the Ozone Protection Award. The award aims to recognize outstanding contributions by Customs and Enforcement Officers who have successfully prevented illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS). 

We invite submissions in French or English for the 2013-2014 cycle which starts from 19 November 2013.  Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

OzonAction Special Issue: A Health Atmosphere: the Future We Want

The OzonAction Special Issue (OASI) is the mouthpiece of the Montreal Protocol. A special issue dedicated to stratospheric ozone and climate change related issues and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, providing the most recent information on ozone protection activities from industry, governments, NGOs and international organizations. It is devoted to current topics of particular interest to Article 5 countries.
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2014 OzonAction Publications Catalogue

Showcased in this new 2014 catalogue are more than publications, CD ROMS, videos, posters, TV spots, radio spots and other awareness materials to help National Ozone Units (NOUs) and other stakeholders in industry and governments to build their capacity to implement the Montreal Protocol in a sustainable manner and at the same time to derive climate benefits.  
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UNEP Guide for National Ozone Officers

This guide introduces and summarises the many important issues about the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer that National Ozone Officers (NOOs) need to know to perform their job effectively. Presented in an easy to understand format, the guide is designed to provide new NOOs and their assistants with the critical knowledge needed to quickly understand the Montreal Protocol system and a country’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol.  View/download publication



  HCFC Policy and Legislative OptionsHCFC Policy and Legislative Options Guidance on the Process for Selecting Alternatives to HCFCs in Foams  Alternatives to HCFCs in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector OzonAction Communication Strategy Vital Ozone Graphics 2.0 - Climate Link, Resource Kit for Journalists An Implementation Manual for the Ozzy Ozone Campaign Manual for Refrigeration Servicing Technicians

News Clips

 "Corporate Refrigerant Leak Reduction Planning", GreenChill USEPA Webinar, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern time). 
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 Now Available The UNEP 2013 Annual Report, See pages: 31, 35 and 41 on the Montreal Protocol and Ozone Layer

 IV All-Russian Congress for Environmental Protection Supported Use of Natural Refrigerants & Establishment of the HVAC&R Certification System, 2-4 December 2013