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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2011

Theme: HCFC Phase-Out: a unique opportunity

  • The Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

    The international community adopted the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to protect the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. In more than 24 years of successful implementation, the Protocol has been gradually strengthened to cover the phase-out of nearly 100 ozone-depleting substances.

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  • Letter to the National Ozone Units

    The Ozone Secretariat has announced that the theme of this year’s Ozone Day is ‘HCFC phase-out: a unique opportunity’. This is indeed an appropriate theme since Article 5 countries are focusing on preparing and implementing their HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs), with the short term objective of meeting the first control measure – the freeze in HCFC consumption and production in 2013, less than two years away.

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    Additional Guidance for International Ozone Day

Useful Links

The OzonAction Newsletter/Special Issue

This Special Issue is entitled: Tipping the Balance - Toward Climate Protection through the HCFC Phase-Out.

It will be distributed at the Meeting of the Parties in November 2011.

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How countries celebrated International Ozone Day in 2010

Get ideas on how other countries round the world celebrated international ozone day last year.

Ozone Day 2010

Virtual Tour Website - revamped

The Virtual Tour is a grassroots campaign committed to fight against climate change through the HCFC phase-out opportunity. After a short break the Virtual Tour is on the Road Again! The Virtual Tour’s next stop includes Antarctica, Bali and Durban where the climate negotiations will take place.

Be part of the Blog

We would like to encourage you to get more active on the Virtual Tour. Please feel free to send a message for International Ozone Day that will be posted at www.unep.org/ozonaction/virtualtour

COOL IT! - Poster

A new poster for National Ozone Units (NOUs) on HCFC Phase-out downloadable in PDF, in A3 format.

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This report provides a summary of recent cases of illegal trade in HCFCs and the policy measures in place to combat smuggling of ozone depleting chemicals. By considering market conditions for HCFCs and drawing parallels with the context and methods used by smugglers which led to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) smuggling, the report provides an analysis of the risks of HCFC smuggling becoming entrenched and makes recommendations on how this illegal trade can be prevented.

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This report identifies and examines the range of barriers which currently exist to the adoption of low to zero global warming potential alternatives to HCFCs in developing countries, considers various ways of overcoming these barriers.

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