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Since 1991, OzonAction has been working to strenghten the capacity of governments, industry and civil society in developing countries to implement the Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth's ozone layer.

Since 1991, OzonAction has been working to strenghten the capacity of governments, industry and civil society in developing countries to implement the Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth's ozone layer.

West Asia Foam Manufacturers Assess Impact of Kigali Amendment

Dubai, 21 November 2016 – West Asian polyurethane foam manufacturers met at a United Nations forum to review their preparedness for switching to climate-friendly technologies following the historic October 2016 global agreement to phase down the powerful greenhouse gases that are also used in the industry. Read more...

Help Asia Pacific switch to ozone and climate friendly refrigerants

Bangkok, 15 Nov 2016 - A UN Environment consultation for Asia-Pacific air-conditioning industry experts held in Ningbo, China has helped strengthen national capacities to switch to climate-friendly alternatives to high-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants, the use of which has to be reduced under a recent landmark global agreement. Read more...

Thematic Meeting on Implementation of HPMPs and ODS Alternative Surveys in Chisinau, Moldova, 8-10 November 2016

Chisinau, 10 Nov 2016 - Heads of national refrigeration associations and Montreal Protocol focal points from 11 Central Asian and Caucasus countries enhance ozone layer protection and sustainable management of climate gases: The experts shared highlights, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of their respective hydrochlorofluoro carbon (HCFC) phase-out strategies and from the surveys on ozone-friendly alternatives during the thematic meeting in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 8-10 November 2016. Read more...

UN Environment and partners train and certify Saudi Arabian technicians in Good Practices in Refrigeration and Air- Conditioning

Dammam, 26 October 2016 – As part of its support to countries in West Asia in meeting their commitments under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the UN Environment OzonAction CAP, in partnership with the UNIDO, the Saudi National Ozone Unit and Dammam College of Technology, conducted two technician training and certification workshops on Good Practices in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) Servicing from 16 - 26 October 2016 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Read more...

Countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris

Kigali, 15 October 2016 - Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal today to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century. The amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer endorsed in Kigali today is the single largest contribution the world has made towards keeping the global temperature rise "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, a target agreed at the Paris climate conference last year. Read more...

Resumed 38th OEWG to the Montreal Protocol and 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, 8 and 10-14 Oct 2016

UN Environment OzonAction at MOP 28:
Side Events:
: Making the most of $53 million in Philanthropic Funding for Energy Efficiency, organized by USA
12/10: Safety and International Standards in RAC: Transitioning to Safe and Efficient Alternatives, organized by OzonAction
14/10: HFC Surveys in A 5 Countries: Update on Status and Launch of the Summary of Key Findings from the CCAC Inventories, organized by CCAC. 



UN Environment OzonAction at MOP 28:

This side event will provide an overview of safety issues associated with low-GWP, non-ozone depleting substances and the relevant international and regional standards. There will be consideration of how standards can be useful in supporting the adoption of alternatives in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries and how a lack of standards or inappropriate standards can present a barrier, especially from the point of view of hazard prevention and safe handling.


New Report Shows HFC growth in Developing Countries - Report summarizes key findings from National HFC Inventories

30 September 2016 - The use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is expected to rapidly rise in the coming decades unless more is done to curb their growth. This according to a new report by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) and the UN Environment OzonAction Branch, which looked at HFC use in six countries and found that its average annual growth was 16 per cent. Read more...

National Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Inventories: A summary of the key findings from the first tranch of studies


Leaders from 100+ Countries Call for Ambitious Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs and Donors Announce Intent to Provide $80 Million of Support

22 September 2016 - Today, the United States hosted a gathering of countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The event highlighted two significant announcements: Read more... 


The Secretary General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2016

The world has changed since we last marked International Ozone Day. We now have our 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will foster equitable inclusive growth and further the well-being of people and our planet. On climate change, the Paris Agreement marks a historic turning point in our common journey towards a secure and sustainable world. Read more...  Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish


UNEP Executive Director's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2016

The UNEP Executive Director, Erik Solheim's video message on the occasion of International Ozone Day

Happy Ozone Day, 16 September 2016

UNEP DTIE OzonAction team in Paris, wish you all a very happy International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. 


DTIE OzonAction Job Opening

Associate Programme Management Officer, UNEP; Duty Station: Nairobi; JO Number: 60992; Deadline: 08 September 2016;
Associate Programme Management Officer, UNEP: Duty station: Nairobi; JO Number 60977; Deadline: 13 October 2016
Programme Management Officer; UNEP; Duty Station: Paris; JO Number: 63084; Deadline 29 October 2016

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UNEP & Italian Refrigeration Association AFT/Centro Studi Galileo Empower Iraqi Experts to Use Hydrocarbons & Other Alternative Refrigerants in Domestic & Commercial Applications

Casale Monferrato, 2 September 2016 − Hailing from one of the warmest countries in the world, a group of Iraqi professors and experts, from the field of refrigeration, convened to undertake a specialised training programme on alternative refrigerants for commercial refrigeration and safe use of hydrocarbons in domestic and commercial refrigeration. Read more...


International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2016

The theme of this year's Ozone Day is Ozone and Climate: Restored by a World United: Working Towards Global Warming HFCs under the Montreal Protocol

Click here to view/download Ozone Day products and material.
Click here to view Ozone Day activities by Countries


UNEP OzonAction at the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), Vienna, 18-21 July 2016

Click here to view OzonAction SIDE EVENTS at the 38th OEWG:

- Sustainable Management of Refrigeration Technologies in the Fisheries Sector;
- Refrigerant Management; Special Course for Future Engineers;
- Alternative for Air-Conditioning in High Ambient Temperature Countries;
- Standards for Low-GWP Refrigerants - Prospects & Challenges


Asia-Pacific Countries on Course for Montreal Protocol Implementation

Suva, Fiji, June 2016 – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction in collaboration with the Ministry for Local Government, Housing and Environment of Fiji, convened the regional Asia Pacific Meeting of National Ozone Officers (NOOs) of 38 countries (14-20 June 2016) to discuss and address new and emerging challenges faced in implementing national projects under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Read more...

Ozone layer hole appears to be healing, scientists say

The Guardian, 30 June 2016 - The vast hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica appears to be healing, scientists say, putting the world on track to eventually remedy one of the biggest environmental concerns of the 1980s and 90s. Research by US and UK scientists shows that the size of the ozone void has shrunk, on average, by around 4m sq km since 2000. The measurements were taken from the month of September in each year, when the ozone hole starts to open up each year. Read more...

ECA Customs Cooperation Meeting & Network Meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 24-27 May 2016

Customs and enforcement officers from Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have been awarded with the prestigious ozone protection medals and certificates in recognition of their strong commitment to address illegal or unwanted trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS), mixtures, equipment & products. Read more...

Ministerio del Medio Ambiente realiza encuentro latinoamericano para la protección del Ozono

Se trata de la reunión de la Redes de Acción por el Ozono de América Latina y el Caribe, donde los representantes de los países comparten experiencias y aciertos en las protección de este importante capa de la estratósfera. Read more...

Sustainable Management of Refrigeration Technologies in Mobile Marine and Fisheries Sectors, April 6-8, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by UNEP, ASHRAE, IIR, and UNIDO, with the kind support of the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Department of Industrial Works, the Sustainable Management of Refrigeration Technologies in Mobile Marine and Fisheries Refrigeration Sectors Conference takes place April 6-8, 2017, in Bangkok. Read more ...
View/download: Mobile Marine Flyer

RAC Industry Expo Showcases Latest Ozone and Climate Friendly Technologies

Beijing, 7 April 2016 – The latest refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technologies were on display at a global exhibition in Beijing, China, where the Asia-Pacific RAC industry also reviewed challenges it faces as it moves beyond phasing out ozone-depleting substances towards new generation climate-friendly and energy-efficient alternatives.Read more ...
Visit the webpage: The Ozone2Climate Industry Roadshow and Roundtable 2016

37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 37th OEWG was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 4-8 April 2016. Summary Highlights of the Meeting from IISD Reporting Services Read more ...

Africa and West Asia Join Forces to Protect Ozone Layer

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 17 March 2016 – Ozone Officers from Africa and West Asia gathered in Zimbabwe today to share best practices for phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in developing economies, where cleaner alternatives are often lacking or unaffordable. Read more ...

Experts from 66 countries meet in Zimbabwe to speed up phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 18 March 2016 - UNEP OzonAction and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate of the Republic of Zimbabwe, organises the joint meeting of Ozone Officers’ Network for Africa and West Asia, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 17-23 March 2016. Read more ...

Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants in Room Air Conditioners

Shenzhen, 29 February 2016 – Jointly organised by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Environmental Protection/Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (MEP/FECO) and Shenzhen Human Settlements and Environment Commission (SHEC), the workshop on environmentally friendly refrigerants in room air conditioners (RAC), was held in Shenzhen, China from 29 February – 1 March 2016. The event was attended by 100 delegates representing national ozone units, industry associations, enterprises and media from about 30 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Read more ...

OzonAction and EPEE meet at ASHRAE 2016

UNEP OzonAction and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) met in the margins of the 2016 Annual Winter ASHRAE Conference in Orlando this week to further strengthen their ongoing cooperation. Specifically, they considered ways EPEE’s experiences in Europe could be more extensively shared with developing countries to help them address challenges in promoting lower-GWP alternatives, and how European associations could help developing countries examine gaps and opportunities for the implementation of regulations and policies to control HFCs.


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FACTSHEET: The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol - HFC Phase-down

A fact sheet summarising and highlighting the main elements of the Amendment of particular interest to countries operating under Article 5 of the Protocol (Article 5 Parties).

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FACTSHEET: Tools Commonly Used by Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians

A quick and simple overview of the basic tools used by RAC technicians.

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Energy Efficiency in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Sector Providing the same cooling, using less energy and living better!

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Utilisation securisée des fluides alternatifs aux HCFC en froid et climatisation (2016) Tour d’horizon à l’attention des pays en développement

Cet ouvrage fait un tour d’horizon de ces fluides alternatifs, de leurs caractéristiques générales et de leurs applications sous l’angle des questions de sécurité. Il donne aux Bureaux nationaux de l’ozone (BNO) des lignes directrices pour leur tâche de conseil et d’assistance aux parties prenantes nationales de leur pays pour les choix et la mise en application des réfrigérants alternatifs.

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Minimising Quarantine and Pre-shipment (QPS) Uses of Methyl Bromide (2016) Tools for controlling, monitoring, and reporting

This booklet delivers on the management of data reporting of Methyl Bromide in Quarantine and Pre-Shipment applications and tracking MB use for this purpose. It is a useful reference tool for National Ozone Units, bio-security and plant quarantine officers, fumigating companies, students and other stakeholders, promoting transition to more environmentally friendly alternatives.

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The Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC) Mechanism 2016 - Fact sheet

The iPIC mechanism is a voluntary and informal system of information exchange on intended trade between the authorities in importing and exporting countries that are responsible for issuing ODS trade licenses. This fact sheet gives an overview of how this informal mechanism operates and provides some interesting information on the results of the control and monitoring of ODS trade conducted through iPIC in 2015.

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International Standards in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning An introduction to their role in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries

As a result of the ongoing phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, countries - particularly developing countries are in the process of introducing alternatives to these ozone depleting substances (ODS)...

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National Certification Schemes for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Technicians Examples of strategies and requirements for their establishment and operation

Certification is important in order to verify the competence of personnel handling equipment and refrigerants. This publication provides a simple overview and examples of the design and implementation of certification schemes for technicians and enterprises in the RAC servicing sector.

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Training Manual For Customs and Enforcement Officers Saving the ozone layer: Phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances in Developing Countries

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.

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FACT SHEET: Free Trade Zones and Trade in ODS Read More
Lower-GWP Alternatives in Commercial and Transport Refrigeration: An expanded compilation of propane, CO2, ammonia and HFO case studies

This booklet presents an expanded compilation of case studies on lower-GWP alternatives in commercial and transport refrigeration and provides an update to the first set of case studies published in 2014 by UNEP DTIE OzonAction/CCAC (Low GWP Alternatives in Commercial Refrigeration: Propane, CO2 and HFO Case Studies.

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The Montreal Protocol and Human Health How global action protects us from the ravages of ultraviolet radiation

This booklet summarises how the successful implementation of the Montreal Protocol has protected human health. It describes how ozone depletion would have led to increases in UV radiation that would have led to a dramatic increase in skin cancers, cataracts and affected human health in other ways. It also covers recent progress in understanding the ‘World Avoided’ – that is the world we would have lived in without a successful Montreal Protocol.

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FACT SHEET: Certification of Refrigerant and Air-Conditioning Service Technicians

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FACT SHEET: Tracking Methyl Bromide Consumption for QPS

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FACT SHEET: QPS Uses of Methyl Bromide and Their Alternatives

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FACT SHEET: Update on New Refrigerants Designations and Safety Classifications

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FACT SHEET: Commonly Traded HCFCs and Mixtures Containing HCFCs

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FACT SHEET: Commonly Used Non-ODS Substitute Refrigerant

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FACT SHEET: Common Products and Equipment Containing or Reliant on HCFCs

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FACT SHEET: HS Nomenclature (HS Codes) for HCFCs and Certain Other Ozone Depleting Substances

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FACT SHEET: Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) of Refrigerants - Which Particular Values are Used?

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FACT SHEET: Global Warming Potential (GWP) of Refrigerants - Why are Particular Values Used? (Post-Kigali Update)

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FACT SHEET: Refrigerant Blends: Calculating Global Warming Potentials (GWPs) - Post-Kigali Update

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FACT SHEET: Refrigerant Blends: Calculating Ozone Depleting Potentials (ODPs)

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This section provides information on events - workshops, conferences, and meetings - and celebrations related to the Montreal Protocol.
The pre-eminent annual event for the Montreal Protocol community is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September.Read More

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