HCFC phase-out and HFC phase-down discussed by African Ozone Officers (en anglais)
In 1991, two years after the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force, United Nation Environment OzonAction - a branch of the United Nations Environment Program - created National Ozone Units (NOUs) in 147 developing countries1. The aim was to help these countries to manage their national programmes to comply with the Montreal Protocol, which requires a phase-out for HCFCs by 2040, thanks to a special schedule. NOUs are led by National Ozone Officers.
Between March 20 and March 24, 2017, fifty African National Ozone Officers gathered in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to check in the different challenges related to the phase-out of HCFCs. The recent adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol, which requires an 85% HFC phase-down by 2045 for most of developing countries2, was also one of the key subjects of the meeting. The participants were urged to ratify it by the end of 2017.