|25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol - Wednesday, September 12, 2012|
|Azerbaijan is has become a Party to the Beijing Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. - Friday, September 7, 2012|
Azerbaijan has become a Party to the Beijing Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Other Parties to the Beijing Amendment are now allowed to trade HCFCs with Azerbaijan. We would like to convey our appreciation and congratulations to the Government of Azerbaijan. Your can find the ratification status of other countries on the Ozone Secretariat's website. In order to access the website, please click here.
|Updated Customs Quick Tool available in English and Russian - Wednesday, September 5, 2012|
The Customs Quick Tool has been updated to reflect the latest revision of the Harmonised Customs codes (HS 2012) by the World Customs Organisation and is now available in English and Russian. It has been designed for Customs & Enforcement Officers to allow the easy identification of ozone depleting substances and some of their ozone-friendly alternatives based on their chemical name, formula, ASHRAE number, CAS number, UN number and to easily identify the correct HS 2012 code. It also helps in determining the most common mixtures and to find out whether a substance is controlled under the Montreal Protocol or not. Please click here for the download of the English version and here for the Russian version.
|European Union -no import, transit or trans-shipment of ODS - Wednesday, September 5, 2012|
"No import, transit or trans-shipment of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) through the European Union (EU)
The European Commission confirmed that the entry into the EU customs territory (import) of all ODS that account for consumption under the Montreal Protocol (e.g. for refrigeration) is prohibited in the EU This includes transit or trans-shipment and includes any related products or equipment.
Therefore, ODS shipments should not be routed through the EU. This concerns notably shipments to the Russia Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, San Remo, Andorra or Switzerland.
Exemptions may apply for feedstock uses, halon equipment for critical uses or for goods that are on board of a ship but are not unloaded in the EU port (temporary admission)."
|Russia - Import ban for all HCFCs (except HCFC-141b) in 2012 - Wednesday, August 29, 2012|
Russian Federation allocated zero import quota for all HCFCs in 2012 (except for HCFC-141b). Therefore, no producing or exporting country should issue export license for HCFCs (except for HCFC-141b) to Russian Federation in 2012. Click here for the original Government Decree in Russian or here for the unofficial translation into English which is for information only.
|Natural Refrigerants - available in Russian - Friday, August 24, 2012|
"GIZ Proklima's Manual on "Natural Refrigerants - Sustainable Ozone- and Climate-Friendly Alternatives to HCFCs" has - with the kind agreement of GIZ Proklima - inofficially and partially been translated into Russian and is available for download from the ECA website. Please click here for the English version and here for the unofficial and partial translation into Russian.
This publication attempts to provide information and guidance to decision makers in developing countries, both in government and the private sector. It demonstrates which ozone- and climate friendly alternatives to fluorinated refrigerants are available in the market and why and how they should be applied. Everyone concerned with the replacement of HCFCs through sustainable technologies will find a wealth of knowledge on many aspects relevant to their current work, which will enable them to take an informed decision.
The publication covers the main areas to be considered when planning for an early HCFC phase out and conversion to natural refrigerants: policies and legislation regarding fluorinated refrigerant gases and appropriate alternatives, safety issues associated with flammable or toxic refrigerants, assessment of the performance of natural refrigerants in different applications and environments, actual examples, case studies and market developments.
Many thanks to the National Ozone Unit of Turkmenistan which coordinated the translation as part of the activities of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia."
|54 iPIC consultations recorded between July 2010 and August 2012 in Serbia - Friday, August 17, 2012|
The Serbian iPIC focal point recently submitted its impressivelist of 54 iPIC consultations recorded inbetween July 2010 and August 2012. The consultations took place with China, Croatia, European Commission, Macedonia FYR, Montengegro and Singopore. In 17% of the consultations, the licenses were not issued and thus unwanted / illegal trade prevented. Congratulations to the Serbian iPIC focal point.
It would be important, that other iPIC countries also consult their trade partners before issuing import or export licenses. We would appreciate if you could send us the list of iPIC consultations which you conducted in 2011 and 2012 using this format (click for download).
|Ozone Protection Medals - Friday, August 17, 2012|
Montreal Protocol Olympics for Customs & Enforcement Officers – Ozone Protection Medals for China, European Union, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Russia, Serbia and Uzbekistan
Customs & Enforcement Officers from China, European Union, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Russia, Serbia and Uzbekistan will receive the Ozone Protection Award 2012 of UNEP’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) during the forthcoming Customs Cooperation Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 9-11 October 2012.
During the period of July 2010 and August 2012, the award winners reported 17 successful seizures of 72 pieces of equipments and 3016 refrigerant cylinders / containers containing more than 61 metric tons of ozone-depleting chemicals and mixtures. Informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) consultations prior to the issuance of trade licenses avoided 15 unwanted / illegal shipments of more than 332 metric tons of ozone-depleting chemicals and mixtures.
For more information please click here
|Seizure of 17 mislabled refrigerant cylinders in Serbia - Thursday, July 19, 2012|
On 16 July 2012, Serbian Customs Service seized 17 refrigerant cylinders without any accompanying documentation. They were labelled as R134a but the testing with a refrigerant identifier revealed that they actually contained a mixture of R22 (74%), R12 (15%) and R134a (11%). The cylinders were hidden in the luggage compartment of a passenger bus on its way from Nis in Serbia to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were detected when the bus was scanned at the border crossing point Kotroman near Uzice. Customs filed this case to the Misdemeanours Court in Uzice against the bus driver and the cylinders were temporarily detained in the customs storage in Uzice. The Misdemeanour Court sentenced the bus driver to pay the fine of 100.000 RSD (app. 850 euro) for transporting hidden goods over the border crossing point. Since the seized refrigerant cylinders are mislabelled and contain a mixture of substances which cannot be used, eventually these chemicals will have to be destroyed. Congratulations to Serbian Customs Services for their vigilance and effective action.
|Contact group meeting, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10-11 July 2012 - Tuesday, July 10, 2012|
The Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) of UNEP DTIE’s OzonAction Programme jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina organised the thematic meeting for ECA network countries: accession country Croatia, candidate countries Serbia and Montenegro and pre-candidate country Bosnia and Herzegovina on harmonization of ODS and F-gas legislation with European Union (EU) regulations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 10-11 July 2012.
For more information please click here
|Denmark: The use of F-gases has decreased significantly - Wednesday, July 4, 2012|
Fluorinated greenhouse gases (also called the “F-gases”) are covered by the Kyoto Protocol. In 2010, the emission of F-gases in Denmark was 854 thousand tons CO2 equivalents, which counts for about 1.3 per cent of the total emission of greenhouse gases. Only a small amount of SF6 is used for high voltage power switches and a small amount of PFC is used for the production of optic fibers. Most of the emitted F-gases are HFCs. Therefore, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the Danish Technological Institute prepared the new publication "Low GWP Alternatives to HFCs in Refrigeration" and the related leaflet "Going Natural. The Danish road to natural refrigerants".
|Court Decision on Illegal Purchase and Sale R22 - Friday, June 29, 2012|
International Product Support Company Senior Vice President Sentenced For The Illegal Purchase and Sale of Smuggled Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant Gas.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Maureen O’Mara, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Criminal Investigation Division, Atlanta Area Office, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), announced that defendant Carlos A. Garcia, 52, was sentenced to prison today in Miami for his role in the illegal receipt, purchase, and sale of ozone-depleting refrigerant gas that had been smuggled into the United States contrary to the Clean Air Act, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 545.
Full information can be found here.
|Extract from ODS regulation of Customs Union of BEL, KAZ, RUS. - Tuesday, June 26, 2012|
(non-official translation for information purposes only)
PROVISION TO P. 2.1 ON THE PROCEDURE OF IMPORT TO THE CUSTOMS TERRITORY OF THE CUSTOMS UNION AND EXPORT FROM THE CUSTOMS TERRITORY OF THE CUSTOMS UNION OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES.
Please find extract here
|Contact group meeting. Tirana, Albania, 15 June 2012 - Friday, June 22, 2012|
As part of the country-to-country assistance activities of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia, Vladimir Soldo from University of Zagreb, Igor Jakupic from Croatian Customs and Halvart Koeppen from UNEP delivered the 1-day training for Albanian Customs Officers and laboratory personnel on the Montreal Protocol and prevention of illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS), identification of ODS and ODS blends, revised harmonized system (HS) codes, safety measures, the use of refrigerant identifiers for identification of ODS and ODS blends including practical exercises on gas and liquid sampling. Gazmend Gjyli of the National Ozone Project Implementation Unit (NOPIU) explained the provisions of the Albania ODS legislation. The presentations are available here.
|Thematic meeting on ODS, Zagreb, Croatia, 4-5 June 2012 - Friday, June 15, 2012|
The Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA Network) of UNEP DTIE’s OzonAction Programme jointly with the Ministry of Environment of Croatia organise the thematic meeting for Croatian ozone officers, legislators and technical experts on ODS and F-gas legislation and certification of technicians in Zagreb, Croatia, 4-5 June 2012.
The objective of the thematic meeting is to facilitate the adjustment of ODS and F-gas management in Croatia to the requirements resulting from country’s accession to the EU. Participants include National Ozone Officer and local policy, legal and technical experts. The meeting will be facilitated by UNEP International Consultant.
For meeting documents please click here
|Read about Annual ECA network meeting in Serbian Society for HVAC&R newsletter - Friday, June 8, 2012|
We are happy to share with you the article about Annual ECA network meeting which was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in March 2012 in quarterly newsletter issued my Serbian Society for HVAC&R.
|Call for Case Studies for Technology Sessions for Atmosphere Europe 2012 - Friday, June 8, 2012|
For the two Technology Case Study Sessions at ATMOsphere Europe 2012, Shecco is looking for case studies that present the latest product innovations, project developments and efficiency results in the field of natural refrigerants (CO2
, ammonia, hydrocarbons, air and water). Please find application details here.
|Green Customs Workshop, Minsk, Belarus, 30-31 May 2012 - Thursday, June 7, 2012|
The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics organized the Green Custom Workshop held in Minsk, the Republic of Belarus, on 30 - 31 May 2012.
The main objective of the national workshop was to raise awareness of customs officers on several multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)and to enhance the capacity of customs to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and prevent illegal trade in environmentally–sensitive commodities covered by the relevant conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
For the meeting documents please click here.
|Joint OSCE UNEP training seminar on prevention of illegal trade, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 2012 - Tuesday, June 5, 2012|
The joint OSCE / UNEP training seminar on prevention and detection of illegal transportation of environmental commodities took place in the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 29.5.-1.6.2012 with participants from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova. The meetings focused on the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, CITES and the Montreal Protocol.
The UNEP trainer introduced the Green Customs Initiative and the Montreal Protocol and presented recent cases of illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances mainly from Europe & Central Asia. The training was supported by interactive multiple choice questions, WCO e-learning module on Montreal Protocol and its quizes as well as videos.
For presentations please click here.
|Seizure of 19 MT of ODS in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation - Tuesday, May 29, 2012|
Customs Services at the Greater Port in Saint Petersburg succeeded to seize more than 19 metric tons of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in February 2012. The cylinders originated from China and were shipped by sea transport via Gdansk in Poland to Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation. They were mis-declared as hydrofluorocarbon R134a which is not controlled by the Montreal Protocol. But actually the shipment contained 3320 kg of R12, 2490 kg of R113, 4980 kg of R141b as well of 8300 kg of a mixture of R22 and the toxic R40. The import of these chemicals into the Russian Federation is either banned or requires an import license The investigations are ongoing.
You can find the official information note of 2 March 2012 about the seizure here.
Congratulations to those involved in spotting this illegal trade. Your action contributes to protect the Ozone Layer and human health.
|Monitoring trade in HCFCs brochure - Tuesday, May 29, 2012|
|Montenegro- Eco Fair 2012 - Wednesday, May 9, 2012|
Montenegro Eco Fair is an event which is organized each year in the period of Earth Day. The main objective of the fair is to promote environment protection. Different institutions were involved: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of Environment, NGOs, Institute for Nature Protection, Natural History Museum. This year EPA won the third place and bronze medal for excellent visual identity of the stand as well as presentations and materials that are displayed.
NOU Montenegro used Eco Fair to promote ozone layer protection and public awareness activities under IS Project. For this year’s Eco Fair NOU prepared Ozzy game and Ozzy floor game, Poster Cool It, Brochure ‘Ozone vital graphics-climate link’ and Ozzy Ozone comic book.
Here you can find more information and photos from the event.
|Ozzy and Zoe Ozone visited World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) - Friday, March 23, 2012|
Ozzy and Zoe Ozone, defenders of the planet, dropped down from their home in the stratosphere on 22-23 March to deliver important messages to children and adults about how they can protect the environment. During the 9th International Weather & Climate Forum
and the World Meteorological Day, they enlisten children in their mission to combat ozone depletion, climate change and a group of 12 nasty chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants. Their goal is a safer, healthier and less polluted world for children and also for mums and dads too. They have got a lot of cool ideas and tips on how to do all this that can be found online at http://www.ozzyozone.org/
. This event was organised by Geneva Environment Network.
|Star Refrigeration e-learning courses - Thursday, March 8, 2012|
During Regional Ozone Network Meeting for Europe and Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27 - 30 March 2012 there will be an e-learning familiarisation session intended to demonstrate to the members of the ECA network the usefulness, cost-efficiency and applicability of e-learning training in their respective home countries. The course content has been translated into Russian to offer the attendees including Ozone Officers and RAC experts a more meaningful and comprehensible experience.
Prior to the formal meetings, the attendees will be given access to the interactive module on the EU Regulations which came into force in July 2006 to address the use of Fluorinated gases which affect the refrigeration and air conditioning industry worldwide. Candidates will undertake the e-learning course and examination in either English or Russian before the meeting in their respective home countries. Those who successfully complete the material will be awarded a Diploma.
|ECAcool news - Monday, February 27, 2012|
ECAcool has a lots of new and interesting videos and publications in English and Russian which could be interesting and both educational so we invite you to visit ECAcool website
|European Commission's manual for laboratories and analytical uses of ODS - Thursday, February 9, 2012|
Alexandros Kiriazis from European Commission has shared with us a manual for laboratories including a list of alternative standard methods (ISO, ASTM, CEN, EPA etc.) which cover by volume more than 90% of all laboratory analytical applications. The manual is available from the CIRCA online forum.
You can find the English version here.
|Alternative methods to carbon tetrachloride use for the analysis of oil/grease in water - Monday, February 6, 2012|
Some countries are facing challenges avoiding the use of carbon tetrachloride (CTC) for the analysis of oil/grease in water. CTOC member Claudia Paratori Cortes, provided us with the information on two alternative methods:
1. Tetrachloroethylee (perclhoroethylene, CAS 127-18-4; C2Cl4) is a good alternative to replace CTC or CFC-113. The validation of the method is available here.
.2. S-316, a dimer/trimer of chlorotrifluoroethylene. The standard method is the ASTM D7066-04, for the determination of oil and grease and nonpolar material in water and waste water, by Infrared Spectroscopy (IR). Information on the environmentally friendly S-316 extraction solvent is available from here. For the detailed description of the method click here.
|New import quotas for HCFCs in Armenia - Friday, February 3, 2012|
As a first output of HPMP implementation, in November 2011 Armenia has amended Government Resolution N 327-N of 15 March 2007 concerning the list of controlled ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and related import quotas and added import quotas for HCFCs until 2020. During the period 2013 - 2014, HCFC imports are allowed up to 137.4 MT and from 2015 up-to 90% of this amount. The Amendment N 1554-N
of 3 November 2011 has been translated into English and is available from the website of the National Ozone Unit of Armenia: (www.ozone.nature-ic.am
|QPS definition and alternatives - Friday, January 20, 2012|
Some countries continue to import methyl bromide for exempted quarantine & pre-shipment use (QPS). It is important to train local stakeholders (ministries and end users) on the the definition of QPS and the available alternatives to methyl bromide.
In response to Decisions XX/6 and XXI/10 of the Meeting of the Parties, the QPS Task Force of the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) prepared a comprehensive report on the use of methyl bromide for QPS and available alternatives (2009).
The 2010 TEAP report indicated that 31% to 47% of the global methyl bromide consumption was replaceable with currently available technologies for the four largest QPS uses: sawn timber and wood packaging material (ISPM-15), grains and similar foodstuffs, pre-plant soils use, logs.
TEAP recognises that there are some commodities that are traded between countries that would pose too much risk if methyl bromide for QPS for this trade were not allowed to occur and that in these cases methyl bromide itself is not a guarantee that pests will not be transferred. In some of these cases, not-in-kind solutions such as elimination of wood pallets may be a more effective and reliable alternative to chemical fumigation.
Our Methyl Bromide Officer Florence Asher prepared attached presentation on the definition of QPS and how to decide whether a methyl bromide use is exempted QPS use or not.
Mr. Jonathan Banks prepared another presentation on methyl bromide alternatives using controlled atmosphere and heat which is successfully used in several countries.
|Kyrgyzstan and China joint awareness raising campaign - Tuesday, January 10, 2012|
In order to prevent illegal trade and discourage small scale smuggling of ODS by private persons between China and Kyrgyzstan, as part of the activities under the ECA Enforcement Network, UNEP has supported the awareness operation which has resulted in producing posters and leaflets in Russian and Chinese which have been disseminated within Kyrgyzstan and China.
NOU Kyrgyzstan has conducted the survey among customs officers, wholesalers and Kyrgyzstan citizens to see the results of the disseminated materials. The outputs of the project will serve as one of the important steps in reducing and phasing out ODS in Kyrgyzstan.
Here you can find Kyrgyzstan’s full report and Kyrgyzstan's and China's dissemination photos.
|International HVAC/R trade fair “Climate World 2012”, Moscow, Russia, 12 - 15 March 2012 - Monday, January 2, 2012|
The "Climate World" Exhibition is the remarkable exhibition event in climate industry. Many representatives from climate-business community can be found there: major manufacturers of equipment, their major distributors, companies that fit the most prestigious and challenging projects with air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems, organizations that elaborate new normative documents, associations of the industry.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit the official website: http://www.climatexpo.ru/eng/
Press release and agenda in Russian.
Agenda in English.
|ODS e-learning modules are now available online at the WCO e-learning platform - Thursday, December 15, 2011|
We are happy to inform you that UNEP, in collaboration with the World Customs Organization, has created an e-learning module for Customs officers to assist in fulfilling their role in phasing out ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. The ODS e-learning modules are now available online at the WCO e-learning platform. The training course is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. A printable completion certificate is provided to successful 'users' at the end of the course.
Please find the flayer with more information.
|Please try the quiz on Montreal Protocol's Contribution to the Green Economy - Thursday, September 15, 2011|
In the wider context of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative, OzonAction and the Economy & Trade Branch commissioned a report on the range of economic, social, environmental and institutional co-benefits of 25 years of Montreal Protocol implementation. The key findings will be presented during the roundtable discussion on "Montreal Protocol contribution to Green Economy" during the ministerial conference Environment for Europe in Astana, Kazakhstan, 21-23 September 2011. These lessons learnt have also been reflected in the Montreal Protocol Green Economy Quiz - try and test your knowledge and feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Montreal Protocol's Contribution to the Green Economy Quiz - English
Вклад Монреальского протокола в зеленую экономику - Russian
|UNEP in Europe - Montreal Protocol's Contribution to Green Economy - Saturday, August 6, 2011|
UNEP in Europe - August 2011 newletter on the latest political news in Europe and UNEP's recent work in the region is available now. Please do not miss the article on the Montreal Protocol's contribution to Green Economy on page 9.
|Roundtable on Ozone and Climate Friendly technologuis in RAC, 10-11 May 2011, Belgrade, Serbia - Friday, May 20, 2011|In partnership with private sector companies, academic research as well as national and international refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC) associations, it is the first time that the Serbian Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning and UNEP OzonAction organized the regional technology roundtable on ozone- and climate-friendly technologies for RAC experts and Ozone Officers from European & Central Asian countries. Read the full media briefing here.
|Combating International Environmental Crime in South-Eastern Europe - Monday, April 4, 2011|
The Environment Task Force of the South Eastern Cooperation Initiative (SECI) hold their second annual meeting on 30 March 2011 in Budapest. Back-to-back to the meeting, UNEP organized a Green Customs seminar on 29 March to sensitize Customs and Police Officers from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey on the enforcement of trade-related international environmental treaties such as the Montreal Protocol, Rotterdam, Basel, Stockholm Conventions and CITES. The seminar was supported by experts from German CITES Management Authority, INTERPOL, UNEP OzonAction & Green Customs, the Basel Convention Secretariat and Basel Regional Centre for Central Europe and the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development.
The workshop provided the opportunity for the Partners to the Green Customs Initiative to present their conventions and organisations and discuss the role of customs and enforcement authorities in implementing these and addressing relevant environmental crime issues.
|Two major HVAC&R events in the beginning of March 2011 - Saturday, February 19, 2011|ammonia21.com will be travelling to Moscow to bring you the latest news from two major HVAC&R events taking place in the beginning of March 2011: Chillventa’s premiere in Russia and the 2011 Climate World Expo. Both events will encompass a trade fair as well as presentations on topical issues for the Russian HVAC&R industry, including on natural refrigerants.
|The 4th International Conference Ammonia Refrigeration Technology - Thursday, February 17, 2011|The 4th IIR Conference Ammonia Refrigeration Technology will be held on April 14-16, 2011, in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. Ammonia refrigeration is ozone and climate friendly technology. Please visit the Conference website for details - www.mf.edu.mk/web_ohrid2011/ohrid-2011.html