UNEP Montreal Protocol OzonAction Programme
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

Under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, countries worldwide are taking specific, time-targeted actions to reduce and eliminate the production and consumption of man-made chemicals that destroy the stratospheric ozone layer, Earth’s protective shield. The objective of the Montreal Protocol is to phase out ozone depleting substances (ODS), which include CFCs, halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, and HCFCs. One hundred ninety-six governments have joined this multilateral environmental agreement and are taking action. The UNEP DTIE OzonAction Branch assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition (CEITs) to enable them to achieve and sustain compliance with the Montreal Protocol. With our programme's assistance, countries are able to make informed decisions about alternative technologies and ozone-friendly policies.The Branch has the distinction of implementing more than 1,000 projects and services that benefit of more than 100 developing countries and 7 CEITs, plus other services that assist another 40 developing countries..Under the programme, all SIDS have already started action on the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances, and have stated national assessment of the past and future use demand for HFC.

Implementation methodologies

OzonAction has three areas of work:-Assisting developing countries in UNEP's capacity as an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, through a Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP).-Assiting CEITs in UNEP's capacity as an Implementing Agency of the Global Environment Facility.-Specific partnerships with bilateral agencies and Governments. The Governments of the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have also provided bilateral support to UNEP over and above their contribution to the Multilateral Fund to undertake specific projects.UNEP's partnerships under the Montreal Protocol contribute to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan1.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Partners: Governments: UNEP-Montreal Protocol Compliance Programme works and supports all SIDS in sustaining Montreal Protocol Compliance. Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral Fund | Czech Republic | Green Customs | | Multilateral Fund | European Commission | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | Finland | Green Customs | | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | Germany/GTZ Proklima | Multilateral Fund | | Solar Chill | Italy | Multilateral Fund | Japan | Multilateral Fund | Netherlands | Multilateral Fund | New Zealand | Multilateral Fund | Norway | Green Customs | Sweden/Stockholm Environment Institute | Multilateral Fund | United States of America/USEPA | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | International agencies Basel Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat | Green Customs | CITES | Green Customs | FAO | Global Environment Facility | GEF Secretariat | Global Environment Facility | Interpol | Green Customs | Multilateral Fund Secretariat | Multilateral Fund | Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons | Green Customs | Ozone Secretariat | Green Customs | | Multilateral Fund | Rotterdam Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | Stockholm Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | UNDP | Global Environment Facility | | Multilateral Fund | UNESCO | Education | UNICEF | Solar Chill | UNIDO | Multilateral Fund | World Customs Organisation | Green Customs | World Health Organisation | Education | | Solar Chill | World Bank | Global Environment Facility | | Multilateral Fund | NGOs Eco-Schools | Education | Environmental Investigation Agency | Multilateral Fund | Environment Online | Education | Greenpeace | Refrigerants, Naturally | | Solar Chill | Institutions Danish Technological Institute | Solar Chill | Programs for Appropriate Technologies in Health | Solar Chill | Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP | Multilateral Fund | TERI | Mobile air conditioning | Private sector Air India | Airlines | Air Mauritius | Airlines | Air Namibia | Airlines | Air Senegal | Airlines | British West Indies Airlines | Airlines | Coca Cola Company | Refrigerants, Naturally | Danfoss | Solar Chill | Delphi | Mobile air conditioning | Fiat Research Centre | Mobile air conditioning | Finnair | Airlines | General Motors | Mobile air conditioning | McDonald's Corporation | Refrigerants, Naturally | TAP | Airlines | Unilever | Refrigerants, Naturally | Varig | Airlines | Vestfrost | Solar Chill | UNEP Divisions Division of Environmental Conventions | Green Customs | UNEP Regiona Offices/Division of Regional Cooperation Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Agency South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme Fiji National University Refrigeration Associations (national and international)
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Artie Dubrie , artie.dubrie@unep.org

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