OzonAction

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

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.
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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
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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, January 11-13, 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 January 11-13, 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.

Publications

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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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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: 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?

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FACT SHEET: Refrigerant Blends: Calculating Global Warming Potentials (GWPs)

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

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Events

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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Refrigeration Servicing Sector

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