By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:31:07 GMT

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), commonly referred to as UNESCO Associated Schools, is organizing in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and UNEP is organizing a workshop to educate teachers on « the ozone layer and the discovery of water's chemical properties » from 11st to 13rd October in Bamako, Mali. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the techniques to involve young people, develop their understanding of ozone and climate change issues, and encourage practical actions, based upon the issues raised. One of the workshop's objectives is to introduce the Ozzy and other ozone education materials.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:34:00 GMT
By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:10:50 GMT

Signs of ozone depletion are again appearing over the Antarctic, the United Nations reported today, adding that prevailing temperatures and polar stratospheric clouds indicate that the degree of ozone loss this year will most likely be about average in comparison to the past decade. However, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that it is still too early to make a definitive statement on the level of depletion of ozone – which serves as a shield to protect life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – for 2011. Read more

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:10:21 GMT


By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:50:44 GMT

From 20 to 23 June 2011, the Ozone Officers Network for English-speaking Africa are meeting in Mahé, Seychelles.

The Ozone Officers Network for English-speaking Africa includes 26 countries - Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Special assistance continues to be provided to two Portuguese-speaking countries in the Network (Angola and Mozambique) mainly through special sessions/meetings/group discussions as well as through the involvement of Portugal during the meetings.

The Network is facilitated by the Compliance Assistance Programme team based in Nairobi, Kenya consisting of the Regional Network Coordinator (RNC), Policy and Enforcement Officer (PEO), the Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) Officer and the Methyl Bromide Officer. The team provides all the CAP services to the region. In this region, all the Implementing Agencies (IAs) of the Multilateral Fund - UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP and the World Bank as well as bilateral partners - France and Germany operate.

To learn more about the Ozone Officers Network for English-speaking Africa. Click here.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:46:56 GMT

There’s good news and bad news from opposite ends of the earth on the condition of the ozone layer. Scientific findings show that the ozone layer is starting to recover, thanks to the Montreal Protocol. Scientists have long predicted that phasing out these chemicals will let the ozone layer slowly heal. And now there’s evidence that the recovery has begun.

What about the other pole ? Scientists expect recovery of the Arctic ozone layer between 2020 and 2035. Due to broader climate changes, Arctic ozone concentrations may keep increasing through this century.

So what is happening between the poles, where most people live? : The “Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer – 2010 Update ” which was released by the end of May, reports that, comparing average levels from 2005-2009 with average levels from 1964-1980, total ozone levels were down about 3.5 percent in the northern mid-latitudes and down about 6 percent in the southern mid-latitudes. The publication also explains the important connections between protecting the ozone layer and protecting the climate.

Click here to download “ Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer – 2010 Update ”

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 24 May 2011 12:18:51 GMT

Mr. Rajendra Shende, Head of UNEP DTIE OzonAction presented a trophy and a certificate to the winnner of the 8th World Television Award, Ms. Vanessa Fisher of Deutsche Welle TV from Germany who produced the film "Energy Efficient Reffrigerators in Brazil". It is an inspiring film which incorporated a story-line and giving human face to the film and simplify the complex and technical issue.

This is the first time that UNEP DTIE OzonAction collaborated with Asia Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and the partners to organize the World Television Award with the theme on ozone layer protection and safeguarding the global climate system.

To discover the Photo Album of the event, click here.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 18 May 2011 15:44:10 GMT

Do we have to pay energy penalty while implementing the last challenge of the Montreal Protocol that aims to protect the Ozone Layer? This was the question at the core of the symposium   and discussion concluded here in Kuwait city today. 

Symposium was organized jointly by ASHRAE’s Kuwait Chapter and UNEP’s OzonAction on “Refrigerants; Challenges & Prospects in High-Ambient Temperature Countries” at the Kuwait University.

“The importance of this event  stems from the interlinked challenges that encompass  environmental concerns, codes related to energy consumption in the buildings , and above all the compliance with the  Montreal Protocol by the countries that have high ambient temperature”  said  Minster of Public Works Dr. Fadhil Safar Ali Safar while inaugurating the first ever such symposium , participated by nearly 100 participants that included major manufacturers of the refrigerants like Honeywell and DuPont, along with manufacturers of the air conditioners like Carrier, Daikin, Johnson Control “Refrigeration and air-conditioning sector is one of the most needed and important sectors that contribute notably to national economies particularly in countries with harsh climatic conditions like gulf countries” he added. 
“The use of air conditioning in the gulf countries is rising rapidly. Ozone Layer Protection should not come at the cost of lower energy efficiency and emissions of the Green House Gases” said Rajendra Shende, Head of the UNEP OzonAction . The symposium which was also supported by Environmental Public Authority (EPA) and Ministry of Electricity and Water of Government of Kuwait was held at the backdrop of the more stringent energy efficient standards for air conditioning announced by Government of Kuwait and United Arab Emirate. Such policies are expected to drive technology innovation for more energy efficient technology in air conditioning sector. 

The industries agreed to collaborate with Kuwait University to test the existing refrigerants at high ambient temperature and develop the technology road map to ensure that energy penalty due to high ambient temperature is mitigated. 

Kuwait Foundations for Advance Sciences (KFAS) has agreed to give priority for the consideration of the project in Kuwait to optimize and develop the technologies for the air conditioning in high ambient temperature. The project proposal would be jointly developed by the Kuwait University and EPA, with technical support of UNEP and ASHRAE. 

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:14:29 GMT

The Ozzy Oscars is an international award run by the OzonAction branch of the United Nations Environment Programme in co-operation with Volvo Adventure. At OzonAction, we know that there are many great creative and innovative environmental projects run by young people that protect the stratospheric ozone layer and the Earth’s climate at the same time. Those project or completely new ones developed by young people could be representing their country at the Ozzy Oscars. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip from Volvo Adventure to the final in Sweden in June 2011.
For the winning entries, Volvo Adventure is also offering the chance of a financial reward that could make it possible to run, improve or enhance their projects

Please register by visiting: www.volvoadventure.org/va_ozzyentry.aspx and enter teams from your school, youth or community for one of the two awards:

  1. The Volvo Adventure: for students between 13 and 16 years who are working in teams of two to five, and actively involved in devising and managing an environmental project. Once registered, entrants simply download the guidelines, go to the publishing tool and enter the project details online before 31 January 2011.

  2. Bob the Bunny Cartoon competition: for those under 13 working in teams of three. Once registered entrants download the entry form and start on their cartoon. The best cartoons featuring Bob will be published on the website and the team producing the best entries will be invited to Sweden.
We look forward to seeing your projects!