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OzoNews Vol. XV, 15 February 2015 issue
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ASHRAE and UNEP Strengthen Partnership to Advance Climate and Ozone- friendly Refrigerants

Chicago, 26 January 2015, ASHRAE (founded as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction have launched their fourth biennial work plan for 2015-2016, based on a global cooperation agreement signed in 2007, at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference held in Chicago, IL on 24-28 January 2015.  Read more

Afghanistan NOU and Customs Department Celebrates International Customs Day

Kabul, 26 January 2015 - The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Afghanistan and Afghanistan Customs Department (ACD) celebrated the “International Customs Day” at the Afghanistan Customs Department Head Quarter in Kabul. Following the 2015 theme which is “Coordinated Border Management”, the National Ozone Unit utilized the opportunity to focus on the management of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and their imports and transits from the neighboring countries.  Read more

Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published "Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment" report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the Montreal Protocol, following its latest quadrennial assessment  Read more  | Download the Report

Invitation of nominations for the ECA Ozone Protection Award for ECA 2016 (4th edition)
The Europe & Central Asia (ECA) Network is inviting the customs & enforcement community to submit nominations for the 4th edition of the ECA Ozone Protection Award. It  is a regional award for the ECA network & associated CEIT countries as well as their trade partners. The award ceremony is scheduled in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in May 2016.
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Information Note for the 2014 ECA Ozone Protection Award

Policy is the Key! Thematic Meeting of SA Ozone Officers, Customs Officers & Partners
Bangkok, 20 December 2014 - National Ozone Officers (NOOs) and Customs Officers gathered for the “Thematic Meeting of the South Asia Network of Ozone Officers”. This meeting was organized by UNEP ROAP OzonAction at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 17-19 December 2014. Read more

Montreal Protocol Celebrates Landmark Achievement with Universal Ratification of All Amendments

Global efforts to protect the ozone layer have reached a major milestone after all of the Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer received universal ratification by 197 Parties...  Read more 

LAC ODS-Officers Meet on New ODS Alternative Technologies

3 December 2014, Punta Cana - Representatives from 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are attending the Joint Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean Networks of Ozone Officers organised by UNEP OzonAction in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 2 – 5 December 2014 at Iberostar Bavaro Hotel.

The meeting will serve to gather information about new alternative technologies to phase out ozone depleting substances (ODS) and assist with the implementation of standards, legislation and policies that will allow countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol.

26th MOP and 10th COP 17-21 November 2014
73rd Meeting of the Executive Committee, Paris, 9-13 November 2014

The 73rd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund took place from 7 to 13 November in Paris the week prior to the Montreal Protocol meetings including the 26th Meeting of the Parties. The final report of the meeting containing the 75 decisions taken by the Committee is available as document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/73/62 on the Multilateral Fund’s web site. The Executive Committee approved a total of US $68,784,379 including support costs for agencies for phase-out projects and activities in 62 Article 5 countries. The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.



  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

 US EPA GreenChill Webinar: "Making the Case for Sustainability", Tuesday, March 10, 2015   |  Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern time)
Description: Patti Olenick from Weis Markets will be introducing the Food Marketing Institute Sustainability Executive Committee's toolkit for making the case for sustainability. She will also describe how Weis Markets has successfully applied the toolkit's recommended approach to implementing a particular refrigeration system upgrade. In addition, the EPA's Tom Land will be introducing a new GreenChill resource that supermarkets can use to make the case for investments in green advanced refrigeration technologies.
To join the webinar: 1. Go to   |   2. Select "Enter as a Guest". It is important that you select the option to enter as a guest.  | 3. Enter your name. | 4. Click "Enter Room". | 5. Click "OK".
For audio: 1. Call the toll free call-in number: 1-866-299-3188 (706-758-1822 from outside the U.S.)
| 2. Use Conference Code: 202 343 9185#

 The Montreal Protocol has completed its quadrennial assessment in accordance with decision XXIII/13 of the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.  The report entitled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014”. Read/Download

 Two New Publications Launched By GIZ: NAMAs in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam sectors 2013 and Green cooling initiative - market trends 2014

 “The Antarctic Ozone Hole, An Update”, article in Physics Today, July 2014, Pg. 42-48,  Authors: Anne R. Douglas, Paul A. Newman, Susan Solomon