LAUNCHING OF THE COLORING BOOK AND INFORMATIVE POSTER
Environmental Education Trainings for schoolchildren from Nearby Communities of Special Protected Areas (SPA) 2016
INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY 2015
TRAINING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS
INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY 2015
The ozone layer is a natural shield protecting us from the harmful UV-radiation
REGIONAL AWARENESS RAISING IN PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS
A healthy atmosphere, the Future We Want
Now: Pumps and alternative propellants using hydrocarbons are being used

Then: CFCs were the propellant used in various spray cans.

International Ozone Day Celebrations, Yerevan, September 2012
International Ozone Day Celebrations, Yerevan, September 2014

Montreal Protocol Parties Devise Way Forward to Protect Climate Ahead of Paris COP21

- See more at: http://unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26854&ArticleID=35543&l=en#sthash.mZA3rZNY.dpuf NOU SPECIAL AWARD AT THE 7th AND 8th PAN-ARMENIAN PAINTING CONTES

 

    U N I T E D   N A T I O N S N A T I O N S   U N I E S

                           THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER

                                                               16 September 2016

 

The world has changed since we last marked International Ozone Day. We now have our 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will foster equitable inclusive growth and further the well-being of people and our planet.  On climate change, the Paris Agreement marks a historic turning point in our common journey towards a secure and sustainable world.

Now, we must turn ambition into action, and strengthen climate protection by harnessing the power of the Montreal Protocol to make progress in slowing the near-term warming caused by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the fastest growing of the greenhouse gases.

Next month, in Rwanda, we have an opportunity to do exactly that, when national delegations gather to reach a global consensus on phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol.  Years ago, HFCs were widely adopted as an effective alternative to products that were damaging the ozone layer, particularly those used in refrigeration and air conditioning.  However, science has revealed that, while HFCs have greatly reduced the threat to the ozone layer, they are an extremely potent greenhouse gas.  With their use increasing rapidly, we must take decisive action – just as we previously did to put the ozone layer on the path to recovery.

Phasing down HFCs would provide considerable benefits.  It would avoid up to half a degree of global warming by the end of this century, providing a major boost for the Paris Agreement, and it could also significantly improve the energy efficiency of some alternative refrigerants and technologies.

A global problem requires a global solution.  I am confident that any obstacles can be overcome, having already seen nations use the Montreal Protocol to avert up to two million cases of skin cancer a year and save many more people from the suffering caused by cataracts.

By using the Montreal Protocol regime to phase down HFCs, we can complement other efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions under the UNFCCC process.  On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us remember how much has already been accomplished, and commit to do more to protect our atmosphere.  By working together, we can build a safer, healthier, more prosperous and resilient world for all people while protecting our planet, our only home.

 

 

NOU SPECIAL AWARD AT THE 7th AND 8th PAN-ARMENIAN PAINTING CONTEST

On July 22, 2016 on the initiative of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) and VivaCell-MTS, the annual Painting Day took place at Yerevan Zoo, summarizing the results of the 7th and 8th Pan-Armenian Painting Contests.

National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA awarded a special prize to 9-year old Martin Sargsyan, whose painting in the category "Protect the Ozone Layer because it Protects You “was selected as а winner.

The painting comprehensively represents the important role of the ozone layer in safeguarding life on Earth.


LAUNCHING OF THE COLORING BOOK AND INFORMATIVE POSTER

Launching of the informative coloring book and poster on the protection from the UV radiation, developed by the National Ozone Unit, Ministry of Nature Protection of RA in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of RA, was held on 13 July, 2016 on the Aznavour Square.

Experts from the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA organized an awareness event for children and their parents which was accompanied by entertaining activities and training games.

The coloring book, developed by the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of RA and published with the print-run totalling 11,000 under the "Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building" Project, implemented by UNIDO, is designed for the target group of preschool children. The coloring book tells about useful and harmful sides of the sun and teaches how to be protected from the harmful UV radiation while the informative posters remind parents about the negative impacts of UV radiation on human health. 

With the assistance of the Ministry of Territorial Management and Development of RA, the coloring books and posters were distributed to the children's polyclinics and ambulatories of Yerevan and provinces of Armenia in order to make all the visitors duly informed on the issue.

 

 

                                 

                                 

 

HCFC PHASE-OUT MANAGEMENT PLAN, STAGE II

SECOND STAKEHOLDER MEETING

 

On July 12, 2016 the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA hosted the second stakeholder meeting on «Preparation of Second Phase of HCFC Phase-Out project» (HPMP). The meeting was attended by representatives from various departments of the MNP, respective bodies, business sector and experts. 

The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants and presented the meeting objectives, highlighting the importance of all stakeholders’ involvement in finalizing the project document and the intention to submit it to the 77thExCom in November, 2016. Mr. Armen Martirosyan, Environmental Governance Portfolio Analyst, UNDP attached great importance to the event and informed the participants that the second phase of HCFC Phase-out Project would allow Armenia to reduce HCFC consumption by 35% from the baseline by 2020.Mr. Halvart Koppen, Regional Network Coordinator, UNEP, delivered a Skype presentation on UNEP, Ozon Action Activity and Involvement in HPMP implementation. Ms. Liana Ghahramanyan, Head of the National Ozone Unit, presented the HPMP, Stage II project components and its main investment and non-investment activity. 

                                                                                                                                              

The meeting was proceeded by active discussions and exchange of ideas among the stakeholders. Following the meeting the participants had the opportunity to observe the ozone-friendly way of servicing the refrigerator owned by the Ministry  by one of the members of the Refrigeration Association, Icecool LLC, one the beneficiaries of HPMP Stage I. 

 

TRAINING OF REFRIGERATION SYSTEM EXPERTS

On May 18, 2016, the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, within the frameworks of "HCFCs Phase Out" programe, organized the training on "Best experience of refrigeration equipment servicing" for refrigeration system experts.The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of a periodical trainings, also presented the main functions of the Ministry and current environmental issues. The training was conducted by the experts of the National Ozone Unit. 21 specialists of refrigeration equipment servicing were attended the training. The theoretical part followed by the practical, where were presented the modern methods of refrigeration equipments and air-conditioners repairing. At the end of a meeting, the Deputy Minister of the Minstry of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan awarded certificats of participation to all the experts.


 

TRAINING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS

 

On May 17, 2016, the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, within the frameworks of "HCFCs Phase Out" programe, organized the training on "Prevention of an illegal trade of ozone-depleting substances (ODS)" for customs officers.The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of this initiative, also presented the main functions of the Ministry and current environmental issues. 15 customs officers and 15 members from State Environmental Inspectorate were attended the training. The training included both theoretical and practical part, during which there was an exchange of experience between the participants, research and analyze of a different examples from Armenia and other countries. At the end of a training, an agreement was obtained on a working meeting in June with the customs officers.


 

 

Environmental Education Trainings for schoolchildren from Nearby Communities of Special Protected Areas (SPA) 


The law on “Environmental education” of RA aims at creating the unified national system of an environmental education by providing continued environmental trainings from pre-school level to wider population. The most important part of this unified system is the environmental trainings at schools, which should be directed to the formulation of environmental consciousness and behavior of younger generation.

The main goal of trainings at schools in SPA’s nearby communities was to raise children’s environmental knowledge, because SPA has an important role in the nature protection; they contribute to the reduction of manmade impacts on the environment, ensure the eco-balance,   preserve the biological and landscape diversity.

 Trainings were held by the National Ozone Unit and respective experts on May 12-13, 2016, instead of initially planned May 4-5. The dates were postponed due to weather conditions.

 The mission was to develop the environmental knowledge and to formulate the eco-consciousness which will help children to protect the ozone layer, and to protect themselves from the harmful UV radiation, to conserve the endemic and rare species of plants and animals, as well as to adhere to the protection regimes of SPA’s.

The trainings covered such topics as the problem of ozone layer and protection from the UV radiation, ozone and water resources, ozone and climate change, ozone and biodiversity. The trainings were delivered in “plain air” mode; little rugs were provided to children, so they can sit on the grass and feel closer to nature during the classes and question-answer sessions.  Informational notebooks on the ozone layer and UV protection and some snacks were distributed to children at the end of the training. 

More than 314 schoolchildren attended the training: 130 children from  N2 and N3 schools of  “Sevan” National Park’s nearby communities and basic school of Karmir community, 123 children from Hrazdan’s N11 basic school after William Saroyan, 90 children from N2, N4 and N 6 schools of  “Dilijan” National Park’s nearby communities. The trainings also were attended by teachers of biology, geography and other natural sciences.

The NOU has attracted also three volunteers from the Armenian State College of Fine Arts and Basic school of Yerevan N 11 after Monte Melqonyan , who were not only active in assisting in the organizational matters but also active participants and true environmentalists.  

 

“SEVAN” NATIONAL PARK

 


 

 

“DILIJAN” NATIONAL PARK


HRAZDAN, BASIC SCHOOL N11 AFTER WILLIAM SAROYAN

In Dilijan the NOU team was kindly invited to visit the Dilijan Central School (AYB School) which houses a fab lab, an industrial research lab, which has been established in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An oral agreementhas been obtained between the NOU Team and the school administration on awareness raising activity which will be considered for the second half of this year or for the next year.

 

One more training is planned for children from “Khosrov” State Reserve nearby communities on 3rd week of September 2016.

 

 

 


   LAUNCHING “ODS ALTERNATIVES SURVEY” PROJECT

The Project “ODS Alternatives Survey” to be jointly implemented by the National ozone Unit of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was launched at the first Stakeholders Meeting in Tsaghkadzor, Kotayk Province on 14-15 March 2016.   

During the meeting the Project team consisting of the National Ozone Unit coordinator, L.Ghahramanyan and experts H.Karapetyan, A.Astatryan, Ar.Astsatryan, A.Khachatryan and S.Grigoryan presented the areas of ODS and ODS-alternatives application, commonly used ODS alternatives, demand for ODS and ODS alternatives in Article 5 countries, data collection process, barriers existing in Armenia and other relevant issues to the participating RAC technicians from the provinces of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and representatives of the Ministry of Finance (Customs Service), Ministry of Internal Affairs (Road Police) and Ministry of Emergency Situations (Fire Fighting Service).  

The meeting was concluded by the agreement reached between the project team and the participants on the continuous fruitful cooperation and data exchange, as well as developing a reliable database from the data collected.

 

 

 

  Preparation of Second Phase of HCFC

  Phase-Out project. Stakeholder Meeting

 

On November 20, 2015 the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a stakeholder meeting on “Preparation of Second Phase of HCFC Phase-Out project”. The meeting was attended by representatives from respective bodies, business sector and experts. 

 The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of phasing-out ozone depleting substances (ODS) in domestic and commercial equipment and switching to ozone-friendly substances. He stated that it would not only prevent the ozone depletion, but also would address the global warming. He particularly highlighted the importance of training of refrigeration experts who would work with alternative substances to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).   

         

Mr. Armen Martirosyan, Environmental Governance Portfolio Analyst, UNDP attached great importance to the event and informed the participants that the second phase of HCFC Phase-out Project would allow Armenia to reduce HCFC consumption by 35% from the baseline by 2020. As soon as the project is developed, it will be submitted for approval at the 76th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Protocol in 2016.

Head of the National Ozone Unit, Ms. Liana Ghahramanyan shared with the participants the main provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, commitments of the Republic of Armenia, results of HPMP Phase I including the updated legislation and future actions.

In the second part of the meeting, Mr. Ajiniyaz Reimov, Programme and Research Analyst from the Montreal Protocol Unit/ Chemicals, UNDP New York, delivered a Skype presentation on the activity under  HCFC Phase-Out in the region.

The meeting was concluded by active discussions and exchange of ideas among the stakeholders. Proposals put forward by the experts and entrepreneurs were noted down and would be taken into consideration during the development of the second phase of HCFC Phase-Out.


 

 

Montreal Protocol Parties Devise Way Forward to Protect Climate  Ahead of Paris COP 21

At the 27th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Dubai

 

 

Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

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Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

The parties recognized the progress made at MOP27 on discussing the challenges on feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, on issues related to flexibility of implementation, second and third stage conversions, guidance to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enabling activities for capacity building, and the need for an exemption for high ambient temperature countries.

Further progress still needs to be made with respect to other challenges. The parties will continue their deliberations in 2016 with a series of Open-Ended Working Group meetings and others, including an extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, said, "Hydrofluorocarbons may not cause direct ozone damage, like the chlorofluorocarbons they replace, but many of them contribute to greenhouse emissions. In fact some estimates put their global warming impact at up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. If we don't get this genie back into the bottle quickly then, by 2050, we could be looking at as big a problem as the one we have just solved."

Growing HFC emissions, climate benefits of phase-down

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol.

HFC emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent annually. If the current mix of HFCs is unchanged, increasing demand could result in HFC emissions of up to 8.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050. This could jeopardize the substantial climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol, which has averted greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

HFC phase-down would provide a sizable benefit for the climate. It would avoid the equivalent of 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 0.5°C of warming by 2050, according to a report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It would also bring significant energy efficiency benefits that past phase-outs have always catalyzed when a refrigerant was changed.

Opening the high-level segment of MOP27 on 4 November, United Arab Emirates Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, stated that a delay in reaching an agreement on the management of HFCs would limit international efforts in reducing the effects of climate change. He urged the parties to join together to strengthen the Montreal Protocol and support climate efforts for the benefit of humanity.

Extraordinary return on investment

The Montreal Protocol had delivered an extraordinary return on investment, with an investment of $3.5 billion expected to result in global health benefits estimated at US$1.8 trillion and avoided damages to agriculture, fisheries, and materials worth US$460 billion by the middle of the century.

MOP27 included a discussion on how the institutions and the mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol could assist parties in managing HFCs by the following panellists: Bin Fahad, Steiner, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America; Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, Foreign Affairs Department, France; Mr. Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia; Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Maldives; and Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Fernando Lugris, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.

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Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

The parties recognized the progress made at MOP27 on discussing the challenges on feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, on issues related to flexibility of implementation, second and third stage conversions, guidance to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enabling activities for capacity building, and the need for an exemption for high ambient temperature countries.

Further progress still needs to be made with respect to other challenges. The parties will continue their deliberations in 2016 with a series of Open-Ended Working Group meetings and others, including an extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, said, "Hydrofluorocarbons may not cause direct ozone damage, like the chlorofluorocarbons they replace, but many of them contribute to greenhouse emissions. In fact some estimates put their global warming impact at up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. If we don't get this genie back into the bottle quickly then, by 2050, we could be looking at as big a problem as the one we have just solved."

Growing HFC emissions, climate benefits of phase-down

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol.

HFC emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent annually. If the current mix of HFCs is unchanged, increasing demand could result in HFC emissions of up to 8.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050. This could jeopardize the substantial climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol, which has averted greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

HFC phase-down would provide a sizable benefit for the climate. It would avoid the equivalent of 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 0.5°C of warming by 2050, according to a report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It would also bring significant energy efficiency benefits that past phase-outs have always catalyzed when a refrigerant was changed.

Opening the high-level segment of MOP27 on 4 November, United Arab Emirates Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, stated that a delay in reaching an agreement on the management of HFCs would limit international efforts in reducing the effects of climate change. He urged the parties to join together to strengthen the Montreal Protocol and support climate efforts for the benefit of humanity.

Extraordinary return on investment

The Montreal Protocol had delivered an extraordinary return on investment, with an investment of $3.5 billion expected to result in global health benefits estimated at US$1.8 trillion and avoided damages to agriculture, fisheries, and materials worth US$460 billion by the middle of the century.

MOP27 included a discussion on how the institutions and the mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol could assist parties in managing HFCs by the following panellists: Bin Fahad, Steiner, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America; Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, Foreign Affairs Department, France; Mr. Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia; Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Maldives; and Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Fernando Lugris, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.

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Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

The parties recognized the progress made at MOP27 on discussing the challenges on feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, on issues related to flexibility of implementation, second and third stage conversions, guidance to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enabling activities for capacity building, and the need for an exemption for high ambient temperature countries.

Further progress still needs to be made with respect to other challenges. The parties will continue their deliberations in 2016 with a series of Open-Ended Working Group meetings and others, including an extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, said, "Hydrofluorocarbons may not cause direct ozone damage, like the chlorofluorocarbons they replace, but many of them contribute to greenhouse emissions. In fact some estimates put their global warming impact at up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. If we don't get this genie back into the bottle quickly then, by 2050, we could be looking at as big a problem as the one we have just solved."

Growing HFC emissions, climate benefits of phase-down

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol.

HFC emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent annually. If the current mix of HFCs is unchanged, increasing demand could result in HFC emissions of up to 8.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050. This could jeopardize the substantial climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol, which has averted greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

HFC phase-down would provide a sizable benefit for the climate. It would avoid the equivalent of 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 0.5°C of warming by 2050, according to a report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It would also bring significant energy efficiency benefits that past phase-outs have always catalyzed when a refrigerant was changed.

Opening the high-level segment of MOP27 on 4 November, United Arab Emirates Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, stated that a delay in reaching an agreement on the management of HFCs would limit international efforts in reducing the effects of climate change. He urged the parties to join together to strengthen the Montreal Protocol and support climate efforts for the benefit of humanity.

Extraordinary return on investment

The Montreal Protocol had delivered an extraordinary return on investment, with an investment of $3.5 billion expected to result in global health benefits estimated at US$1.8 trillion and avoided damages to agriculture, fisheries, and materials worth US$460 billion by the middle of the century.

MOP27 included a discussion on how the institutions and the mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol could assist parties in managing HFCs by the following panellists: Bin Fahad, Steiner, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America; Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, Foreign Affairs Department, France; Mr. Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia; Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Maldives; and Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Fernando Lugris, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Devise Way Forward to Protect Climate Ahead of Paris COP21

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Montreal Protocol Parties Devise Way Forward to Protect Climate Ahead of Paris COP21

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Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

The parties recognized the progress made at MOP27 on discussing the challenges on feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, on issues related to flexibility of implementation, second and third stage conversions, guidance to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enabling activities for capacity building, and the need for an exemption for high ambient temperature countries.

Further progress still needs to be made with respect to other challenges. The parties will continue their deliberations in 2016 with a series of Open-Ended Working Group meetings and others, including an extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, said, "Hydrofluorocarbons may not cause direct ozone damage, like the chlorofluorocarbons they replace, but many of them contribute to greenhouse emissions. In fact some estimates put their global warming impact at up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. If we don't get this genie back into the bottle quickly then, by 2050, we could be looking at as big a problem as the one we have just solved."

Growing HFC emissions, climate benefits of phase-down

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol.

HFC emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent annually. If the current mix of HFCs is unchanged, increasing demand could result in HFC emissions of up to 8.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050. This could jeopardize the substantial climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol, which has averted greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

HFC phase-down would provide a sizable benefit for the climate. It would avoid the equivalent of 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 0.5°C of warming by 2050, according to a report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It would also bring significant energy efficiency benefits that past phase-outs have always catalyzed when a refrigerant was changed.

Opening the high-level segment of MOP27 on 4 November, United Arab Emirates Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, stated that a delay in reaching an agreement on the management of HFCs would limit international efforts in reducing the effects of climate change. He urged the parties to join together to strengthen the Montreal Protocol and support climate efforts for the benefit of humanity.

Extraordinary return on investment

The Montreal Protocol had delivered an extraordinary return on investment, with an investment of $3.5 billion expected to result in global health benefits estimated at US$1.8 trillion and avoided damages to agriculture, fisheries, and materials worth US$460 billion by the middle of the century.

MOP27 included a discussion on how the institutions and the mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol could assist parties in managing HFCs by the following panellists: Bin Fahad, Steiner, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America; Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, Foreign Affairs Department, France; Mr. Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia; Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Maldives; and Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Fernando Lugris, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.

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Dubai, 6 November 2015 - As the world counts down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this month, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed on a "Dubai Pathway" for controlling climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The parties agreed to work together, within the Montreal Protocol, towards an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges and generating solutions in the contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs at Montreal Protocol meetings. This outcome was agreed after extensive negotiations during the 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP27) to the Protocol, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from 1 to 5 November.

The parties recognized the progress made at MOP27 on discussing the challenges on feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, on issues related to flexibility of implementation, second and third stage conversions, guidance to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enabling activities for capacity building, and the need for an exemption for high ambient temperature countries.

Further progress still needs to be made with respect to other challenges. The parties will continue their deliberations in 2016 with a series of Open-Ended Working Group meetings and others, including an extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, said, "Hydrofluorocarbons may not cause direct ozone damage, like the chlorofluorocarbons they replace, but many of them contribute to greenhouse emissions. In fact some estimates put their global warming impact at up to 10,000 times that of carbon dioxide. If we don't get this genie back into the bottle quickly then, by 2050, we could be looking at as big a problem as the one we have just solved."

Growing HFC emissions, climate benefits of phase-down

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol.

HFC emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent annually. If the current mix of HFCs is unchanged, increasing demand could result in HFC emissions of up to 8.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050. This could jeopardize the substantial climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol, which has averted greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

HFC phase-down would provide a sizable benefit for the climate. It would avoid the equivalent of 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and more than 0.5°C of warming by 2050, according to a report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It would also bring significant energy efficiency benefits that past phase-outs have always catalyzed when a refrigerant was changed.

Opening the high-level segment of MOP27 on 4 November, United Arab Emirates Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, stated that a delay in reaching an agreement on the management of HFCs would limit international efforts in reducing the effects of climate change. He urged the parties to join together to strengthen the Montreal Protocol and support climate efforts for the benefit of humanity.

Extraordinary return on investment

The Montreal Protocol had delivered an extraordinary return on investment, with an investment of $3.5 billion expected to result in global health benefits estimated at US$1.8 trillion and avoided damages to agriculture, fisheries, and materials worth US$460 billion by the middle of the century.

MOP27 included a discussion on how the institutions and the mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol could assist parties in managing HFCs by the following panellists: Bin Fahad, Steiner, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America; Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, Foreign Affairs Department, France; Mr. Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia; Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Maldives; and Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Fernando Lugris, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY 2015 IN ARMENIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 U N I T E D   N A T I O N S        N A T I O N S   U N I E S   

 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

                                MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY

                                 FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER

                        16 September 2015

 

Not so long ago, humanitystood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

 

But we tackled this challenge. Thirty years ago, the international community signed the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under its Montreal Protocol, the worldunited to slash the production and consumption of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances.

 

Together, we have succeeded in putting the stratospheric ozone layer on the roadto recovery by the middle of this century. As a result, up to 2 million cases of skin cancer may be prevented each year, along with even more avoided cases of eye cataracts.

 

As we look forward to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the effort by governments later this year in Paris to forge a new, collective path forward on climate change, the Montreal Protocol’s success should inspire us. It shows what we are capable of when nations act together on a global challenge.

 

But the work of the Montreal Protocol is not yet done. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have been used as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances.  While they do not deplete the ozone layer, they are extremely potent greenhouse gases and will contribute a great deal of warming to our already overheated planet inthe coming decades unless we act now.

 

Many countries are now considering using the Montreal Protocol regime to phase down HFCs. A political commitment to managing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol could be one of the biggest climate change wins in the lead-up to the Paris climate conference.It will also be another strong victory for multilateral efforts to safeguard our environment.On this International Day, let us ensure that we protect our climate the way we have preservedthe ozone layer.

 

 

 

 

 

REGIONAL AWARENESS RAISING IN PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS

 

On July 14, 2015 the National Ozone Unit of Armenia launched a series of awareness trainings in various regions of Armenia for children of pre-school institutions. During the lessons, children learn about the importance and necessity of natural heat and sunlight,the impact of the ultraviolet (UV) rays on human health, the huge threat they bring with them and the negative impact on the growth, development and productivity of plants. Children also learn about the ozone layer, which is the main natural protective shield against the UV rays. The lesson is concluded by the screening of  “Ozzy Ozone” cartoon and the distribution of the thematic coloring books and pencils.

ARMAVIR MARZ 

Armavir, Kindergarten N1 (44 children)  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ejmiatsin, Kindergarten N16 (60 children)


KOTAYK MARZ

Charentsavan, Kindergarten "Hekiat" N5 (30 children) 

Charentsavan, Kindergarten "Hrashk" N 8 (30 children) 


Hrazdan, Kindergarten N 5 (33 children) and N 7 (30 children)

Abovyan, Kindergarten N 9 (32 children)

ARARAT MARZ

Ararat, Kindergarten N 2 (30 children)

Ararat, Kindergarten N 3 (35 children)

Zod, Kindergarten N 1 (30 children)

Martuni Region, Middle schools of Kert and Karahunj villages

 

 

 

 

AWARENESS EVENT AT THE ENGLISH SUMMER CAMP

 

On 8 July 2015 the National Ozone Unit visited the English Summer Camp in Tsaghkadzor. The visit was targeted at raising the awareness of 10-15-year-olds through open class in the English language on the ozone layer, ultraviolet radiation and its negative impact on human health as well as means of protection against it. T-shirts with the website address of the National Ozone Unit were distributed to the participants. The programme of the visit also included two hands-on sessions: making sun-protection hats with younger participants and awareness posters with older ones. The visit was concluded by the open-air screening of “Ozzy Ozone” and “Echo Planet” movies.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAINING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS


A training of more than 40 customs officers from Ararat, Shirak, Syunik and Gugark Customs Houses and customs posts took place on 2-3 July 2015. The training course covered such topics as regulatory needs in the industry of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and ODS containing equipment in Armenia, changes in the ODS regulations and risks of illegal ODS trade as an implication of the accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Cases of illegal trade in ODS and ODS-containing equipment also were presented at the training. To conclude the course the video on “Combatting the Illegal Trade in ODS” was demonstrated to the participants.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE REGIONAL OZONE NETWORK


The Annual Meeting of the Regional Ozone Network of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) took place in Yerevan, Armenia on 26-28 May 2015. The meeting is part of the agreed work programme of the ECA network under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol which is supporting developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol provisions. The meeting was attended by the representative of about 20 network countries and countries with economies in transition.

It took place in the context of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which requires developing countries to achieve a 10% reduction of their HCFC consumption and developed countries a 90% reduction in 2015 compared with their respective baselines.

Watch the short video in Armenian.

 Source - Armenia Television

 

The Public Radio of Armenia has also prepared a report.

 

 

AWARENESS SEMINARS AND OPEN CLASSES AT SCHOOLS OF YEREVAN


On 13-15 May 2015, National Ozone Unit of Armenia was organized an open classes and seminars at the basic schools N 61, N63 and N 154 of Yerevan, for informing children about ozone layer, ultraviolet rays and its impact on human health. At the end of the classes children learned the basic rules of how to have a right sunbathing, which is very important to know, especially before summer holidays.  

 


 

 

 

 

INFORMATIONAL PUZZLES FOR CHILDREN

 

The National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA has prepared a little surprise for the kindergarten children, who visited the Museum of Nature of Armenia. At the end of the tour they received informational puzzles of how to protect themselves from ultra-violet rays.

 

 

 

 

Round table discussion

On Changes in ODS and ODS Based Equipment Imports/Exports Procedure

 

 

On March 30, 2015, the National Ozone Unit organized a round table discussion on changes in ODS and ODS based equipment imports/exports procedures at the UN House of Armenia. Economic agents, Ms. Anahit Simonyan UNIDO’s Head of Operations, Mr. Armenak Melkonyan, Customs Focal Point, Ministry of Finance, and the representatives of the Atmospheric Air Policy division and Waste and Air Emissions Monitoring Agency under the Staff of the Ministry of Nature Protection participated in the discussion. During the meeting ODS related Legal Acts amendments resulting from the accessions of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Union were presented. The issues raised in discussion were clarified through questions and answers session. At the end of the meeting the National Ozone Unit ensured circulating the sample application forms to all the participants and regular update on changes in this field.

 


 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN CLASS DAY IN  FIVE REMOTE BORDER COMMUNITIES OF SYUNIK REGION

 

On 15 November 2014 the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA organized an open class dedicated to the ozone layer for 82 schoolchildren of Shikahogh, Tsav, Chakaten, Srashen and Nerqin Hand remote border communities.

The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the RA Mr.Khachik Hakobyan started with the opening speech and  presented the Ministry's ongoing activities particularly in this region. Next, the Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia Mrs. Anahit Simonyan presented UNIDO's mission in Armenia.The head of the National Ozone Unit Mrs. Liana Ghahramanyan demonstrated the theoretical and didactic materials about the ozone layer protection, talked on the danger of the UV radiation and how to protect ourselves from it. The National Focal Point to the Ramsar Convention in Armenia Mr. Karen Jenterejyan spoke about special protected areas, their reach flora and fauna.

 In the end children painted thematic images of the nature on a big poster. All pupils of five communities received school backpacks with necessary stationary, environmental educational brochures on various topics. The schools were awarded with bicycles and thematic games to be used during the physical training and geography classes. 


 

 





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