Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2013

Theme: "Putting a Face" to Ozone Layer Protection!

Letter from the Head, UNEP OzonAction Branch, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, to National Ozone Officers on preparations to celebrate the 2013 International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer.

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Ozone Day Products

Video: Cooling without warming the planet

Cooling Without Warming video documentary produced by UNEP OzonAction ROLAC and the Colombian NOU (English, aprox. 30 mn) unveils successful alternative cooling experiences with natural refrigerants for domestic and industrial applications in 5 Latin American and Caribbean countries. These technologies have been smoothly up taking as energy efficient alternatives to the HCFC-based equipment retirement-replacement in the region, being crucial to the protection of the ozone layer and to the avoidance of further potential global warming chemicals' release into the atmosphere.

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Video: Ozone Protection Message to Industry from UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bing Bing

Renowned Chinese actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bing Bing is giving a message today for us on the benefits of HCFC phase-out with energy-efficient alternatives that have low-global warming potential. This PSA was developed by UNEP OzonAction Branch with UNEP Division of Communications & Public Information. Li Bing Bing is well known for her achievements both on and off the screen. Throughout her life, Li has been involved in charitable efforts where she can "practice what she preaches" and promote the need to lead a responsible life and protection the environment.

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Related Publications

'Putting a Face' to the Ozone Layer Protection!

Regional Highlights: Achievements and Challenges

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iPIC supporting compliance through prevention of illegal and unwanted trade in ODS

In 2006, UNEP launched an initiative with a modest number of countries which enabled a mechanism of Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC) to be adopted in order to better control trade in substances that are restricted under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Since then, the iPIC has become a global voluntary initiative for likeminded states who wish to strengthen the implementation of their national licensing system for ozone depleting substances. This short booklet aims to briefly describe the functioning and advantages of the iPIC system, to provide some information on results and successes from iPIC in 2012 and to encourage countries which are not yet members to join and to begin to reap the benefits of this initiative.

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Enforcement Strategies for Combating the Illegal Trade in HCFCs and Methyl Bromide

This booklet is intended to be an easy-to-use resource for ozone officers and others who will be involved in the detection, prevention, and prosecution of smuggling in HCFCs and methyl bromide. Ozone officers and enforcement professionals from both developed and developing countries were interviewed during the preparation of the booklet in order to gain their real-world advice. Through dozens of case studies and examples, the booklet provides enforcement strategies that can be implemented with flexible approaches that maximize the efficient use of scarce human and financial resources.

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