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Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technicians certified using European Standards - Monday, June 23, 2014
Kigali, 13 June 2014 - The workshop on the establishment and operation of certification schemes and national/regional RAC associations took place in Kigali, Rwanda. Over 50 participants attended the meeting representing the Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), National Ozone Units (NOUs) and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) experts from the African Anglophone Network, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration European contractors’ Associations (AREA) and Rwanda Broadcasting Agency. Read more
 
Sky meets the Ocean: Stars of South Asian Ozone Network gather in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean - Monday, June 2, 2014
Colombo, 30 May 2014 - With the theme “Only 219 days to 1.1.2015!!,” officials and experts from 13 countries in the South Asia region gathered in the beautiful capital city of Sri Lanka from 27-30 May 2014 for the Regional Ozone Network Meeting for South Asia, organized by UNEP and the Government of Sri Lanka, through Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy. This forum is part of a global programme to enable National Ozone Units (NOUs) to meet their countries’ commitments under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Read more
 
Launching of 4th Edition of the ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Budapest, 28 May 2014 - The 4th edition of the ECA Regional Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers has been launched by UNEP’s OzonAction Programme during the annual meeting of RILO CIS in Budapest, Hungary. Read more - English |
Russian

 
Job Opening - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Posting Title: Programme Assistant, G6
Department Office: UNEP
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting period: 23 May - 22 June 2014
Job Opening number: 14-PGM-UNEP-33872-R-NAIROBI
Click here for more information on how to apply 
ECA Ozone Protection Award for Custom & Enforcement Officers - Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sarajevo, 22 May 2014 - Customs and enforcement officers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have been awarded the prestigious ozone protection medals and certificates in recognition of their strong commitment to address illegal / unwanted trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

This award scheme is crucial to provide recognition and visibility to customs & enforcement officers who support the implementation of trade-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements such as the Montreal Protocol. Read more - English | Russian 
ECA Ozone Protection Award 2014 for Customs & Enforcement Officers - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Summary of seizures and iPIC Consultations: Customs & Enforcement Officers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will receive the Ozone Protection Award 2014 of UNEP’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) during the forthcoming Customs Cooperation Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20-21 May 2014. Read more - English | Russian 
DPR Korea learns from China on HCFC Alternatives - Tuesday, May 20, 2014
China, 17 April 2014 - After months of careful preparation, seven officers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea) - representing the National Coordinating Committee for Environment (NCCE), the Ministry of Chemical Industry, the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Electronics Industry, and the service sector – visited Beijing and cities within Guangdong Province (8-15 April) on a study tour, to learn about HCFC alternatives and phase-out approaches. Read more 
International Standards in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning - NOW AVAILABLE - Friday, May 16, 2014

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to standards and how they can be useful in supporting the adoption of alternatives in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries. It also includes an overview of existing standards related to HCFCs and their alternatives, barriers to alternatives, the process of the adoption of international and regional standards at the national level, barriers to the adoption and how to overcome them. This publication is intended to be a concise guide for National Ozone Units (NOU), as well as for refrigeration associations, government departments, including those working on standardisation issues (but perhaps not familiar with the specific requirements of the Montreal Protocol), and other stakeholders in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Article 5 countries.  Read more

 
Phasing out Methyl Bromide in Developing Countries - A Success Story and its Challenges - Friday, May 16, 2014

As the 2015 deadline for final phase-out of methyl bromide in A-5 countries approaches, an important achievement of the Montreal Protocol has become evident: over 85% of the controlled uses of this once widely used fumigant have already been successfully replaced and remaining uses are being replaced. This booklet addresses the efforts undertaken to get there, the challenges involved, the lessons learned and ways to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the phaseout   Read more

 
Proposed Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Submitted by Canada, Mexico and the USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pursuant to Article 9, paragraph 2 of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, the Ozone Secretariat has received a joint amendment proposal by the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America for amendment of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The amendment proposal will be considered at the 34th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group in July and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in November this year. The full text of the proposal along with its summary has been posted as document UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/34/4 on the Ozone Secretariat's website and may be accessed at the following links: 
http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-34/presession/default.aspx 
and  http://ozone.unep.org/new_site/en/ozone_whats_new.php?year=2014

 
UNEP-UNIDO organize a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop in DPR Korea - Monday, May 5, 2014
Pyongyang, 30 April 2014 - UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) and UNIDO, jointly organized a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop to disseminate and exchange information on HCFC phase-out efforts for the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of DPR Korea and other national stakeholders.  Read more
 
Caribbean countries move closer to meeting 2015 Montreal Protocol compliance target - Thursday, April 17, 2014
Suriname, 11 April 2014 - The Sub-regional Caribbean Network Meeting took place in Paramaribo, Suriname, from April 7 – 10 2014. The meeting focused on building capacities of National Ozone Officers in the Caribbean and promoting the exchange of experiences and lessons learnt during the implementation of their hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) phase-out strategies. Read more
 
SEA Ozone Officers & Customs promote compliance & enforcement of MP and other chemical-waste MEAs - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Luang Prabang, 6 April 2014 - To assist developing countries in their efforts to ensure compliance with the Montreal Protocol and to combat illegal trade in ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances), the Network Meeting of Ozone Officers in the Southeast Asia region (SEA) was held by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in collaboration with the Pollution Control Department of Lao PDR in Luang Prabang, from 1-3 April 2014. Read more 
7th Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of English- and French-speaking African countries - Friday, April 4, 2014

Addis Ababa, 28 March 2014 - Ahead of the 1 January 2015 target to meet the ten percent step down from the freeze level of Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFC) phase-out set by the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, forty-seven African countries met from 24-28 March, 2014 in Addis Ababa to exchange experiences and address common issues with HCFC and methyl bromide (MB) phase-out.  Read more

 
UNEP OzonAction Webinar Series-2014 - Friday, April 4, 2014
Southeast and West Asia countries certification schemes for refrigeration and AC technicians - Friday, April 4, 2014

The governments of Cambodia, Oman, Philippines and Saudi Arabia today agreed to further explore innovative means of cooperation between countries and regions at the closing of the Inter-regional Study Tour on the Certification of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Technicians of the Philippines organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Branch in cooperation with the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) from 17 to 19 March 2014.  Read more

 
Pacific Islands Countries 6th Network Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers Training - Friday, April 4, 2014

Nuku’alofa, 14 March 2014 - The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, through Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, hosted the Sixth Meeting of Pacific Islands Countries (PIC) Network of Ozone Officers and Training of Customs Officers on 10-14 March 2014. The objectives of these events were to deliver to PIC National Ozone and Customs Enforcement officers the needed skills and resources required to sustain national implementation of phase-out measures under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.  All the Pacific island countries are Parties to the Montreal Protocol and are in compliance with the obligations.  Read more

 
Low-GWP Alternatives in Commercial Refrigeration: Propane, CO2 and HFO Case Studies - Monday, March 31, 2014

This booklet is the first of a series of case studies on alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). The booklet provides information on energy efficient, zero to low-GWP alternatives to HFCs in the Commercial Refrigeration sector. This information resource is intended to assist relevant decision makers, especially those in developing countries, in selecting the most appropriate climate-friendly alternatives. Click here to learn more about the CCAC.  Read more


 
Job Opening - Sunday, March 30, 2014
P3 ROLAC HPMPO post is now advertised, with a posting period of 3 April 2014-2 June 2014. Click here to learn more / Apply 
Ozone Layer Protection Talks in Minsk - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Contact Group Meeting on the Implications of Joining the Customs Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Minsk, Belarus, 18-20 Mach 2014  Read more: E | R


 
It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Mr. Nandan Chirmulay. - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nandan worked with the United Nations Development Programme Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit since 1994 as independent technical expert and then as a Senior Technical Adviser and Regional Coordinator for UNDP’s Montreal Protocol programme. He was an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable engineer with a very proactive and professional approach to his work.

The Montreal Protocol Community has lost a very valued colleague and friend. We send our sincere condolences to Nandan's family and colleagues.  See Nandan’s profile on the Montreal Protocol Who’s Who

 
"Ozone Connections" Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance, Free access from GreenLeaf - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Greenleaf Publishing is pleased to make its book “Ozone Connections: Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance” authored by Penelope Canan and Nancy Reichman, freely available to the UNEP and its National Ozone Units worldwide for one year, beginning on 16 September 2013.  Read more

 
 
Nature Geoscience Article on ODS - Sunday, March 9, 2014

An article was published on 9 March 2014 in Nature Geoscience on "Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere". The article, written by reputable scientists, has identified 3 CFCs (CFC-112, CFC-112a, and CFC-113a) and 1 HCFC (HCFC-133a) to have grown in concentration in the atmosphere, with CFC-113a and HCFC-133a still growing considerably. Those substances are controlled under the Montreal Protocol.

The article has been sent to the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol for their review and subsequent consideration by the Parties.

 
Workshop to address remaining challenges for total phase-out of MB in developing countries - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sharm El-Sheikh, 23 February 2014 –With eight months remaining to meet one of the most challenging targets set by the Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, developing nations are pushing ahead on phasing out methyl bromide (MB), which has been used as a fumigant to control pests in agriculture.

With assistance from the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, experts and officials have been working during the last two decades to promote sustainable and safe alternatives to one of the world’s top five most widely used pesticides.  Read more 
Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers - Third Edition - NOW AVAILABLE - Saturday, January 25, 2014

The third edition of 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. It presents information on the international policy context and an overview of the technical issues, including information on chemicals and products traded and how these may be smuggled. The manual is intended for conducting training programmes for Customs and enforcement Officers as well as serving as a stand-alone reference/refresher document.  Read more

 
 
ROA Ozone Protection Award 2014 for Customs & Enforcement Officers - Saturday, January 25, 2014

UNEP OzonAction Regional Office for Africa/Compliance Assistance Programme (ROA/CAP) offers you an opportunity for global recognition through the Ozone Protection Award. The award aims to recognize outstanding contributions by Customs and Enforcement Officers who have successfully prevented illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS). 

We invite submissions in French or English for the 2013-2014 cycle which starts from 19 November 2013.  Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

 
OzoNews 14 Years of Continued News Service - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

OzoNews Vol. XIV, 15 January 2014 issue. This 15 January 2014 edition of OzoNews marks 14 years of continued service, providing a comprehensive news update relating to the ozone and climate protection and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol directly to your screen.

The 2009 OzoNews Readers Survey -Report  showed that 96% of readers were satisfied or very satisfied by OzoNews and three-quarters share OzoNews with colleagues or friends, thus increasing the number of readers to thousands around the world! Your invaluable support and feedback throughout the years helped us serve you better. We always welcome your feedback to continue spreading news about the importance of ozone and climate protection and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued interest!
 Click here to access short version of current and previous issues.

 
UNEP Guide for National Ozone Officers - Sunday, December 15, 2013
This guide introduces and summarises the many important issues about the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer that National Ozone Officers (NOOs) need to know to perform their job effectively. Presented in an easy to understand format, the guide is designed to provide new NOOs and their assistants with the critical knowledge needed to quickly understand the Montreal Protocol system and a country’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol.  View/download publication 
ROA Ozone Protection Award 2014 for Customs & Enforcement Officers - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

UNEP OzonAction Regional Office for Africa/Compliance Assistance Programme (ROA/CAP) offers you an opportunity for global recognition through the Ozone Protection Award. The award aims to recognize outstanding contributions by Customs and Enforcement Officers who have successfully prevented illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS). 

We invite submissions in French or English for the 2013-2014 cycle which starts from 19 November 2013.  Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

 Click here for more information