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UNEP OzonAction launches survey on new HCFC Knowledge Portal

Paris, 25 May 2012 – The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) OzonAction Branch has released a project platform to collect input for a new HCFC Knowledge Portal to be launched later this year. The current HCFC Help Centre will be revised to strengthen its role as an effective online tool to inform and educate, but most importantly, actively engage with Article 5 countries in the phase-out process of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

The future interactive platform aims to exchange knowledge between countries with acquired knowledge on the HCFC phase-out process to countries still facing stronger challenges. It will be open to all involved stakeholders, serving as a catalyst for best-practice.

All interested parties can provide feedback or ask questions on a discussion forum created on the current project platform. A sharing function moreover allows for an easy diffusion of content via Twitter and Facebook.

The revision of the current HCFC Help Centre is necessary to facilitate and engage countries in achieving compliance with the 2013 and 2015 control measures for HCFCs and methyl bromide, and to harness economic, social and climate benefits at the same time to move towards a “green economy”. To facilitate especially the work of national Ozone Units on the implementation of HFCF Phase-out Management Plans (HPMP), the UNEP project platform has launched an online survey.

The survey - available in English, French and Spanish - will enquire about priorities of different countries and world regions in the HCFC phase-out process, identify networks and communication needs and outline general use patterns of Internet tools. It will take national and international policy bodies around 10-15 minutes to reply to 19 questions in the following fields:

  • Policy, HCFC Phase-out & Alternatives
  • Information Sources, Networks & Communication Needs
  • HCFC Knowledge Portal
  • IT Use & Social Media

Results from the survey will be made available to the OzonAction Branch in a report which will outline next steps in building an interactive Knowledge Platform, and provide recommendations on the content management of such a website. Moreover, National Ozone Units and other involved parties will gain access to a summary of selected findings in an Open Report to be released later this year.

The HCFC project portal and online survey is now available to National Ozone Units and relevant stakeholders at

The survey will close on: 22 June 2012


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Saiful Ridwan, eGroup Coordinator, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1624; Email:

HCFC Knowledge Portal project team, Email:


Background information

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The UNEP DTIE OzonAction Branch assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enable them to achieve and sustain compliance with the Montreal Protocol.

Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date...”

The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.

With the successful completion of the phase-out of the production and consumption of CFCs on 1 January 2010, the Montreal Protocol has entered into its second phase: the phase-out of HCFCs. The challenges linked to this second phase are to be found in the parallel phase-out of HCFCs under national HPMPs, and the resulting need for information and knowledge exchange. At the 20th anniversary meeting of the Montreal Protocol an agreement was reached to accelerate the phase-out of production and consumption of HCFCs. The schedule for Article 5 country phase-out for production and consumption of HCFCs foresees a freeze by 2013, and a 10% reduction of HCFCs by 2015.

Take the survey now. Select your preferred language:
 English |  French |  Spanish

Feel free to also post  comments, questions or ideas regarding any aspect of the HCFC phase out process in order to further develop our HCFC Knowledge Portal.