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When did we realize ozone depletion was an issue, and how did we fix it? By 1985, the globe had already seen advancements in the scientific understanding of ozone depletion and its impacts on human health and the environment. It was then that the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was created in response. This agreement is a framework convention that lays out principles agreed upon by many parties. It does not, however, require countries to take control actions to protect the ozone layer. This would come later in the form of the Montreal Protocol. 
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Parties’ reports on illegal trade
Date Substances traded Volume Exporting country Details of the illegal ODS trade Action taken Remarks
25-02-2015 R22 3000kg (3 tanks) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
16-07-2015 R22 272kg (20 cyl 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
21-08-2015 R22 2040kg ( 150 cyl 13.6kg South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
07-10-2015 R22 544kg (40 cyl 13.6 kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
31-12-1899 R22 27.2kg (2 cy l 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
30-11-2015 R22 95.2kg (7 cyl 13.6 kg) China   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
06-12-2016 R22 108.8kg (8 cyl 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
2016 R22 2085kg (58 cyl 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
04-06-2017 R22 27.2kg (2cyl 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5
01-08-2017 R22 149 .6 kg (11 cyl 13.6kg) South Africa   Confiscated refrigerants were kept until the following quota year to be sold to HCFC quota holders. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.30/INF/5

 

Date Substances traded Volume Exporting country Details of the illegal ODS trade Action taken Remarks
01-11-2002 HCFC-22 374.4 kg Not provided Illegal import of heat pumps containing ODS into the Czech Republic by a company, Polymat, s.r.o. Osvoboditelu 182 767 10 Kromeriz.   Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.16/7
01-11-2002 HCFC-22 13.6 kg Czech Republic Illegal storage and export of air-conditioning units containing ODS.   Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.16/7
01-05-2003 HCFC-22 Not available Not provided Illegal import of air-conditioning units containing ODSs to Czech Republic and recovery of ODS without proper permission issued by MoE CR by a company, GEA Klimatizace Vesecka 1 463 12 Liberec.   Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.16/7
Parties’ reports on illegal trade
Date Substances traded Volume Exporting country Details of the illegal ODS trade Action taken Remarks
01-08-2014 R-22 & R-11 9 cylinders & (5 cylinders R-22; 4 cylinders R-11). Iran During manual inspection of cargo on a truck at the customs point “Hazar” in the Balkan velayat region, customs inspectors detected a large wooden box holding 5 (five) cylinders of refrigerant R-22 with a total weight of 65kg and 4 (four) cylinders of R-11, with a total weight of 50kg. In accordance with the law of Turkmenistan, the import of R-11 is banned. The import of R-22 requires a one-time permit from the State Committee on the basis of a licence from the State concern “Turkmenhimiya”. The cylinders were sent back to the exporting country (Iran) at the expense of the importer. No fines were levied and no legal action was initiated. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.29/INF/5/Rev.1 - submission dated 15-Dec-16
01-11-2014 R-22 2 cylinders United Arab Emirates During manual inspection of cargo on a truck at the customs point “Beyik Serdar Yoly” customs inspectors detected 2 (two) cylinders containing R-22 with a total weight of 27kg. The truck driver did not have a permit, licence or any other documentation concerning the importation of the refrigerant. In accordance with the law of Turkmenistan, the import of R-22 requires a one-time permit from the State Committee on the basis of a licence from the State concern “Turkmenhimiya”. The goods were sent back to the exporting country (United Arab Emirates) at the expense of the importer. No fines were levied and no legal action was initiated. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.29/INF/5/Rev.1 - submission dated 15-Dec-16
01-04-2015 R-22 16 cylinders United Arab Emirates During manual inspection of cargo on a truck at the customs point “Hazar” in the Balkan velayat region, customs inspectors detected 16 (sixteen) cylinders of refrigerant R-22 with a total weight of 217.6 kg. The cargo was not accompanied by any permit, licence or other documents In accordance with the law of Turkmenistan, the import of R-22 requires a one-time permit from the State Committee on the basis of a licence from the State concern “Turkmenhimiya”. The goods were sent back to the exporting country (United Arab Emirates) at the expense of the importer. No fines were levied and no legal action was initiated. Turkmenistan has been awarded prestigious ozone protection medals and certificates in recognition of their strong commitment to address illegal or unwanted trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS), mixtures, equipment and products and the ECA Customs Cooperation Meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 23-25 May 2016. Annex to UNEP/OzL.Pro.29/INF/5/Rev.1 - submission dated 15-Dec-16

 

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The year is 2065. Nearly two-thirds of Earth's ozone is gone -- not just over the poles, but everywhere. The infamous ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered in the 1980s, is a year-round fixture, with a twin over the North Pole. The ultraviolet (UV) radiation falling on mid-latitude cities like Washington, D.C., is strong enough to cause sunburn in just five minutes. DNA-mutating UV radiation is up 650 percent, with likely harmful effects on plants, animals and human skin cancer rates. Such is the world we would have inherited if 193 nations had not agreed to ban ozone-depleting substances, according to atmospheric chemists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Bilthoven.

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This brochure brings together information on the issue of methyl bromide with respect to its application for quarantine (and pre-shipment) purposes which is an area of mutual concern to both multilateral agreements. It is hoped that the brochure will assist the Parties to both agreements in their endeavour to better understand and address those matters.

 

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The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9 – 10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note, intended for part C, discusses the promotion of efficient refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) equipment, looking in particular at ...

 

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The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9–10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note, intended for part A, provides an overview of energy and carbon related issues, looking in particular at ...

 

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The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9–10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note, intended for part B, provides an overview of the technical potential to improve the efficiency of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) equipment, looking in particular at ...