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2020 Ozone Day letter by
James S. Curlin,
Acting Head of OzonAction Law Division,
UN Environment Programme

Dear National Ozone Officers,

It is my sincere hope that you, your families and colleagues are all remaining safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted individuals, countries and businesses worldwide. Health guidelines and travel restrictions means that we are celebrating a very different World Ozone Day (WOD) this year on 16 September, with reduced opportunities for outreach and face-to-face interactions with the public and key target groups. In spite of these challenges, I commend you and your teams in the National Ozone Units for your dedication, resilience, and innovative approach in continuing your country's work to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, including WOD celebrations.

This year's WOD has a special significance since it commemorates the signature of the Vienna Convention, the world's first ozone treaty, in 1985. That landmark agreement established the framework for international scientific and research cooperation on the status of the ozone layer and paved the way for the Montreal Protocol. This year’s theme ‘Ozone for Life: 35 Years of Ozone Layer Protection,’ gives us the opportunity to reflect with satisfaction on the accomplishments of these two treaties to date, and look ahead to their evolving role for both ozone layer and climate protection. Without everyone's commitment, collaboration and sense of common purpose, we would not have achieved this "stratospheric" level of success.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have arisen from mankind's mistreatment of nature. The consequences of ozone depletion – excessive and dangerous UV radiation impacting human health – is another example of how humans have adversely affected the global environment. On this WOD, we can highlight the positive lesson learned from the two successful ozone treaties: the world community can unite and find a solution to a major global crisis, through differentiated but equal responsibilities, universal participation, and equity. They prove that when the world is dedicated to solving a problem, it can do so. The ozone treaties give us hope and inspiration that we will find a way to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic too.

For this year’s WOD, the OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) is pleased to provide you with two new services: one is a new service designed specifically for you, the National Ozone Officer, and the other is suitable for outreach to national stakeholders:

  • HCFC Quota and Licence Tracker (desktop application). National Ozone Officers have the great responsibility of managing the allocation and monitoring of quotas for substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol. This process can be complex with many importers, especially if the country imports a range of different hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and mixtures containing HCFCs. To address this challenge, OzonAction developed a new desktop application that helps Ozone Officers with the tasks of planning, calculating, monitoring and managing consumption quotas and licences. It can be used on a daily basis to track and manage the current year's quota allocations for different importers, or for future planning by trying different scenarios that adjust the type of substances imported, their quantity, or the number of importers. The HCFC Quota and Licence Tracker allows Ozone Officers to see the effect of such scenarios on the national HCFC consumption and helps ensure that the quotas stay within agreed HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) targets. The tracker is available on the OzonAction website.
  • Energy Efficiency Literacy for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (e-learning). Maintaining and improving energy efficiency during the phase out of HCFCs/phase down of HFCs are the aspirations of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. With climate change of increasing concern, it is critical to understand how energy efficiency in air conditioning and refrigeration can reduce both CO2 emissions and operating costs. UNEP OzonAction, in cooperation with United for Efficiency (U4E), Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (KCEP) and ASHRAE have jointly developed a new introductory e-learning course to increase the awareness and understanding of government policy makers, community stakeholders and business leaders about energy-efficiency related to air conditioning and refrigeration. It is a 4-hour, self-paced virtual course that concludes with a final exam leading to Certificate of Successful Completion issued by ASHRAE. Attached is a flyer to the course where it outlines its content and presents how individuals can enroll.

The next page lists some of the recent online tools and videos produced by OzonAction that you can share with stakeholders during your national celebrations. Beyond those resources, OzonAction also has a wide range of other existing information and awareness-raising materials that could also be used for your national celebrations. Please refer to the Ozone Day webpage on the OzonAction website for several examples.

We would appreciate very much to receive information about your country's WOD activities or reports about what took place for posting on the World Ozone Day page. Please send this information to your Network’s Montreal Protocol Coordinator or directly to Ms. Jo Chona at Ова адреса ел. поште је заштићена од спамботова. Омогућите JavaScript да бисте је видели.. Sharing such information is very encouraging and inspiring for the entire Montreal Protocol community.

We thank you for your ongoing commitment to maintain compliance with the Montreal Protocol and your excellent work in implementing your national strategies and projects. On behalf of the entire OzonAction CAP team, I wish you great success in this year's WOD celebration!

Yours sincerely,
James S. Curlin
Acting Head of OzonAction Law Division
UN Environment Programme


 

Please see below series of interesting side events during this week’s Open-Ended-Working Group meeting. They are open to all and will last about 1 hour each:

  • • Tuesday, 14 July 2020: Efficient Cooling During and After the Global Pandemic
  • • Wednesday, 15 July 2020: Curtailing Illegal HFC Imports: The Role of Effective Trade Enforcement
  • • Wednesday, 15 July 2020: How can we successfully combine ODS phase-out and early actions on HFCs?
  • • Thursday, 16 July 2020: Launch of the Cooling for All solutions campaign and Chilling Prospects
  • • Thursday, 16 July 2020: Low-GWP Readiness: Training and Certification of Servicing Sector Technicians  
  • • Thursday, 16 July 2020: How you can successfully implement Green Cooling

14/07/2020

Title: Efficient Cooling During and After the Global Pandemic

Co-organizers are: Climate and Clean Air Coalition, France (TBC), Japan, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, and International Solar Alliance.​

For information and registration: https://forms.gle/tFNJzT4CQ8ayFvMLA​

Abstract: This side event will explore various key linkages between COVID-19 and efficient cooling relating to health, economic recovery, job creation, and food security. Experts will discuss how the cold chain is necessary to improving health resilience, reducing critical respiratory vulnerabilities, and protecting medical supply and delivery. They will further discuss how ending environmentally harmful dumping of inefficient appliances is key to avoiding high energy bills for consumers and health providers during a time of economic hardships; how buyers’ clubs can generate and maintain jobs and promote access to the best available technologies; and evaluate how varying approaches to end-of-lifecycle HFC management impact global development and sustainability. 

For questions please contact:
Trina Thorbjornsen
Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 15:00 - 16:00​ ​


15/07/2020

Title: ARAP & RIC - Curtailing Illegal HFC Imports: The Role of Effective Trade Enforcement

Organizer: Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy

Link to the online side event: https://unep.webex.com/unep/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6e0cc4a31097fccf8cfb8fffc06a3a47​ 

Abstract: The side event will focus on the critical role of effective trade enforcement in reducing and preventing illegal HFC imports to assurance compliance with the Montreal Protocol. The panel will discuss current cooperative efforts to eliminate illegal imports and the urgent need for additional monitoring, reporting, and enforcement measures to ensure the integrity and success of the transition under the Protocol.

For questions please contact:   
Grant McKenzie
Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 15:00 - 16:00​ 


Title: How can we successfully combine ODS phase-out and early actions on HFCs? Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean in the SPODS project 

Organizer: European Commission 

For information and registration: https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/oewg42-registration-spods​

Abstract: In 2017, representatives of the National Ozone Units from Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Grenada, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela came together to take on a common challenge: Avoiding the use of highly warming HFCs in their refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sectors when phasing out ODS. How well has this worked so far? What lessons can we learn from their experience? Find out more during this panel discussion! SPODS partners will share their experience from various activities such as ODS/HFC destruction, refrigerant grade hydrocarbon production, trainings for technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants, technology pilots and the development of mitigation strategies. You can expect an exciting event with the opportunity to ask your own questions. Take the chance and learn everything first hand!

SPODS project is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, UNDP and UNIDO.

Event description​

For questions please contact: 
Dr Arno Kaschl
Climate Finance, Mainstreaming & Montreal Protocol
European Commission
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 16:00 - 17:00


16/07/2020

Title:  #ThisIsCool: launch of the Cooling for All solutions campaign and Chilling Prospects, Tracking Access to Sustainable Cooling, 2020

Organizer: Sustainable Energy for All

Link to the online side event: https://unep.webex.com/unep/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb9be96e2bae880e04642fad88e6a564e​

Abstract: The Cooling for All secretariat launched Chilling Prospects groundbreaking report series in partnership with and supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) in 2018 with Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All as a global wake-up call – and was the first report to define and quantify the magnitude of the global cooling access challenge and call for new and sustained action to address the issue. The #ThisIsCool communication campaign is launching to enable partners to share sustainable cooling solutions with the world and to support the global path toward sustainable cooling for all. ​

Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2020 serves as a tracking update that also examines the link between access to cooling and COVID-19, the benefits achieved by access to cooling on productivity and how to categorize sustainable cooling solutions. Building on the Cooling for All Needs Assessment launched in 2019, this report sets a path to optimizing sustainable cooling solutions in the Cooling for All Solutions Assessment toolkit that will launch late 2020.

For questions please contact:
Brian Dean
Sustainable Energy for All
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 12:00 - 13:00


Title: Low-GWP Readiness: Training and Certification of Servicing Sector Technicians  

Organizer: Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Link to the online side event: https://unep.webex.com/unep/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecd82e094176c6b17f9ab5ea4199af495​

Abstract: The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), in partnership with the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, will present research findings related to training and formalising the AC servicing technicians- a key need in emerging and developing economies to ready the HVAC sector for the impending refrigerant transition. The discussion will focus on tenets of training and institutionalising certification systems that enable job security and safety for technicians, optimise energy efficiency, and facilitate a smoother transition towards alternative refrigerants in keeping with countries’ Kigali commitments.

For questions please contact:
Shikha Bhasin
Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 15:00 - 16:00​


Title: How you can successfully implement Green Cooling: Sound strategies, qualified RAC workforce, best-available technology

Organizer: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

For information and registration: https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/oewg42-registration-proklima​

Abstract: Especially in developing countries and emerging economies, the demand for cooling is rising. Due to its considerable share of ozone- and climate-damaging emissions, the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector is playing an increasingly important role, not only in ozone protection but also in climate and energy policy. The question is how all three together can use the RAC sector’s savings potential to achieve current national and international climate and development targets. This virtual side event will provide an overview of possible fields of action.

Find out and discuss on how to identify emissions origin and considerable savings potentials of the RAC sector in your country and learn about appropriate cooling strategies. Get insights in particularly effective instruments such as the use of natural refrigerants, the training of qualified RAC technicians and the integration of appropriate technologies such as R290 split AC and their benefits and opportunities for ozone, climate and energy policy.

Benefit from GIZ Proklima's years of experience in this field and take the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the different approaches with us. This side event will be followed by in-depth webinars on the respective topics which you can actively shape with your participation in this discussion.

Agenda document​

For questions please contact:
Janna Breitfeld
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Proklima
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Time (EAT Nairobi): 17:00 - 18:00​


 

 

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We are very pleased on the occasion of the 30th Montreal Protocol Anniversary International Ozone Day, to present you with our latest application – The GWP-ODP Calculator.

We very much hope you will find this application useful. It was designed for you as Montreal Protocol National Ozone Unit staff. The application allows you to easily convert ODP, CO2-eq and metric quantities of refrigerants and other chemicals.

  • • Helps in understanding and reporting under the Montreal Protocol (and for your future commitments under the Kigali Amendment).
    • The calculator will automatically perform the conversion between metric tonnes, ODP tonnes and/or CO2-equivalent tonnes (or kg) and display the corresponding converted values.
    • The app includes both single component substances and refrigerant blends.
    • The components of a mixture and their relative proportions (metric, ODP, CO2-eq) are also displayed.
    • Full instructions are included in the app.

The app is available for free from the Google Playstore. (iOS version available very soon). Search for “GWP ODP CALC” in the Playstore to install.

Download and start using it now!!!


 

On the occasion of the Ozone Day 2017, we provide links to the following video messages: