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“Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On”

Ozone Secretariat invites all Parties to the Montreal Protocol to celebrate this year's International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September. The theme for 2014 is:  “Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On” ...  Read more  |  Ideas for Events

 
INVITATION to join the upcoming OzonAction Webinar session:

"How the Montreal Protocol is Leading the Way to Ozone and Climate Protection Learn more

Date: Thursday, 31 July 2014, Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (CEST)

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Latest information/Daily reporting from

The Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Management and Thirty-fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 11-12 and 14-18 July 2014, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.  Coverage from IISDRS


Summary of The thirty-fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened in Paris, France, from 14-18 July 2014. Over 350 delegates representing governments, UN agencies, Montreal Protocol expert panels and committees, non-governmental organizations and industry attended... Read more

Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Various Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer, (Paris/Nairobi, 21 July 2014) The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth's fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France...  Read more

 
OzonAction side events at OEWG


16 July 2014 - This side event will provide an introduction to international standards and how they can be useful in supporting the adoption of alternatives to ozone depleting substances and related technologies in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries, especially from the point of view of their safe handling and preventing hazards. View and presentations



15 July 2014 - This side event will provide analysis on the progress achieved in phasing-out methyl bromide for controlled uses in preparation for the 2015 deadline. Sectors where identifying and implementing alternatives has been most difficult will be addressed, as well as challenges imposed by exempted Quarantine and Preshipment (QPS) uses. View details

 
OzoNews Vol. XIV, 30 June issue
 Click here to access short version of current and previous issues.


 
Launching of 4th Edition of the ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers
Budapest, 28 May 2014 - The 4th edition of the ECA Regional Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement officers has been launched by UNEP's OzonAction Programme during the annual meeting of RILO CIS in Budapest, Hungary.  Read more - English |
Russian
 
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technicians certified using European Standards
Kigali, 13 June 2014 - The workshop on the establishment and operation of certification schemes and national/regional RAC associations took place in Kigali, Rwanda. Over 50 participants attended the meeting representing the Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), National Ozone Units (NOUs) and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) experts from the African Anglophone Network, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration European contractors’ Associations (AREA) and Rwanda Broadcasting Agency. Read more
 
The Report of the 72nd meeting of the Executive Committee,

issued on 10 June 2014, is now available from the Multilateral Fund website.  Read /Download

 
Sky meets the Ocean: Stars of South Asian Ozone Network gather in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Colombo, 30 May 2014 - With the theme “Only 219 days to 1.1.2015!!,” officials and experts from 13 countries in the South Asia region gathered in the beautiful capital city of Sri Lanka from 27-30 May 2014 for the Regional Ozone Network Meeting for South Asia, organized by UNEP and the Government of Sri Lanka, through Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy. This forum is part of a global programme to enable National Ozone Units (NOUs) to meet their countries’ commitments under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Read more

 
Launching of 4th Edition of the ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers
Budapest, 28 May 2014 - The 4th edition of the ECA Regional Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers has been launched by UNEP’s OzonAction Programme during the annual meeting of RILO CIS in Budapest, Hungary. Read more - English |
Russian

 
ECA Ozone Protection Award for Custom & Enforcement Officers

Sarajevo, 22 May 2014 - Customs and enforcement officers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have been awarded the prestigious ozone protection medals and certificates in recognition of their strong commitment to address illegal / unwanted trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

This award scheme is crucial to provide recognition and visibility to customs & enforcement officers who support the implementation of trade-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements such as the Montreal Protocol. Read more - English | Russian
 
ECA Ozone Protection Award 2014 for Customs & Enforcement Officers
Summary of seizures and iPIC Consultations: Customs & Enforcement Officers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will receive the Ozone Protection Award 2014 of UNEP’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) during the forthcoming Customs Cooperation Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20-21 May 2014. Read more - English | Russian

 
DPR Korea learns from China on HCFC Alternatives
China, 17 April 2014 - After months of careful preparation, seven officers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea) - representing the National Coordinating Committee for Environment (NCCE), the Ministry of Chemical Industry, the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Electronics Industry, and the service sector – visited Beijing and cities within Guangdong Province (8-15 April) on a study tour, to learn about HCFC alternatives and phase-out approaches. Read more
 
Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC) - Summary Report 2013

This summary report briefly describes how the iPIC system works as well as its advantages. It provides some information on the results and successes of monitoring and controlling illegal and unwanted trade in ODS through the iPIC mechanism in 2013 and encourages countries which are not yet members to join and to begin to reap the benefits of this initiative. Read more


 
International Standards in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning - NOW AVAILABLE

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to standards and how they can be useful in supporting the adoption of alternatives in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries. It also includes an overview of existing standards related to HCFCs and their alternatives, barriers to alternatives, the process of the adoption of international and regional standards at the national level, barriers to the adoption and how to overcome them.   Read more Publication Executive summary - E | F | C |
 

 
Phasing out Methyl Bromide in Developing Countries - A Success Story and its Challenges

As the 2015 deadline for final phase-out of methyl bromide in A-5 countries approaches, an important achievement of the Montreal Protocol has become evident: over 85% of the controlled uses of this once widely used fumigant have already been successfully replaced and remaining uses are being replaced. This booklet addresses the efforts undertaken to get there, the challenges involved, the lessons learned and ways to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the phaseout   Read more

Publication Executive summary - E | F | R | S
 
Proposed Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Submitted by Canada, Mexico and the USA

Pursuant to Article 9, paragraph 2 of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, the Ozone Secretariat has received a joint amendment proposal by the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America for amendment of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The amendment proposal will be considered at the 34th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group in July and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in November this year. The full text of the proposal along with its summary has been posted as document UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/34/4 on the Ozone Secretariat's website and may be accessed at the following links: 
http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-34/presession/default.aspx 
and  http://ozone.unep.org/new_site/en/ozone_whats_new.php?year=2014

 
UNEP-UNIDO organize a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop in DPR Korea
Pyongyang, 30 April 2014 - UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) and UNIDO, jointly organized a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop to disseminate and exchange information on HCFC phase-out efforts for the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of DPR Korea and other national stakeholders.  Read more
 
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

 
OzonAction Special Issue: A Healthy 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.
View/download publication

 
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.  
View/download catalogue

 
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

 
 

PUBLICATIONS

  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

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


 US EPA GreenChill webinar on: "GreenChill Program Overview

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014  |  Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern time)
Description: Tom Land, manager of the U.S. EPA's GreenChill program will provide information on GreenChill's mission, its programmatic approach, its accomplishments, and the many resources it offers to the supermarket industry. The webinar will be an excellent opportunity for individuals and organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts of supermarket refrigeration to learn about the program and its resources.
To join the webinar:
1. Go to https://epa.connectsolutions.com/greenchilloverview/
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".
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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#

UNEP 2013 Annual Report, See pages: 31, 35 and 41 on the Montreal Protocol and Ozone Layer

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