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Ozone treaties carbon neutral for fourth straight year

The Ozone Secretariat has once again demonstrated its commitment to climate action by making its operations carbon neutral for the fourth consecutive year.

The Secretariat measured the carbon footprint of all meetings held and operations conducted under the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol in 2017 and offset the greenhouse gas emissions created, equivalent to 1,336 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“Reducing and offsetting our emissions annually is an important priority that complements the work being undertaken by parties to the Montreal Protocol to protect our environment,” said Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat.

Montreal Protocol parties are set to begin implementing the Kigali Amendment when it enters into force on 1 January 2019. The amendment could avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming this century, if fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens. It could also contribute to limiting the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C and preventing dangerous warming.

The Secretariat worked with UN Climate Change – the secretariat that runs the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – to determine its carbon footprint and purchase UN certified emission reductions (CERs).

UN Climate Change issued a certificate through its Climate Neutral Now initiative confirming the voluntary cancellation of 1,336 CERs to compensate for unavoidable emissions from the offices and travel operations of the Secretariat in 2017. Cancelling CERs puts them out of circulation and prevents re-use.

As well as its normal travel and operations, the certificate compensates for all travel emissions related to the 39th Open-ended Working Group of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, the joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, and all meetings of the Assessment Panels of the Montreal Protocol.

The Secretariat used a web-based carbon calculator created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to calculate its emissions.