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UNIDO’s dedicated Montreal Protocol Division delivers policy advice, technology and financial solutions, and technical training to Member States. This work is broad in nature, engulfing a multitude of industrial sectors and stakeholders, from governments and industries to employees and consumers. It is innovative in pioneering new technologies and approaches, to find the best-suited alternatives for companies, sectors and countries.

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Policy Makers

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division works with governments and institutions to develop and enforce the necessary policy and regulatory framework to comply with their commitments under the Montreal Protocol. In addition to the policy components embedded in our technical cooperation projects, UNIDO implements ‘Enabling Activities’, ‘ODS Alternative Surveys’ and ‘Institutional strengthening’ projects. Here “institutional strength” refers to the collective capacity of different institutions working towards one goal. UNIDO equips them with the knowledge and tools they need to contribute to their country-specific targets under the Montreal Protocol. The enabling activities projects are designed to help countries ratify the Kigali Amendment and set up the legal and institutional framework needed for the HFC phase-down.  

Networks and Associations

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division works with networks and associations to put policies into practice. UNIDO delivers training, equipment, tools and technical assistance to training centres, vocational schools, refrigerant reclamation centres and customs offices. These institutions are key to scaling-up technical training and ensuring that the country-specific targets under the Montreal Protocol are met, so as to achieve the ambitious goals set in the national strategies.

Companies & Entrepreneurs

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division works hand-in-hand with industries, to help companies put national policies and commitments into action. As part of our MLF portfolio, UNIDO designs and implements sector-wide programmes, to help industries identify and adopt non-ODS and low-GWP alternatives. As part of our technology demonstration projects, we help companies identify the best-suited technology or process and prove its feasibility for a given sector. This includes redesigning products and processes, training technicians and implementing additional safety measures. Once operationalized and proven effective, these solutions can be brought to market and to scale, to offer global solutions to the common objectives under the Montreal Protocol.

Industries, Sectors & Applications

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division works with companies in major industrial sectors to promote the adoption of sustainable alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and refrigerants with a high global warming potential, for both manufacturing and servicing. Interventions target the foam, refrigeration, air conditioning, aerosol, solvent and healthcare sectors, as well as fire protection and agro-industry.

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For every industry and nearly every application there is a sustainable alternative. Wherever possible, UNIDO promotes the use of natural refrigerants, including hydrocarbons (HC), carbon dioxide (CO2), and ammonia (NH3), which are both ozone and climate friendly.

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UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division’s work in the RAC manufacturing sector is designed to phase out harmful chemicals, such as HCFCs and HFCs from production processes and products. Each of these programmes is unique and country-driven and targets domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration manufacturers, as well as air-conditioning manufacturers and where relevant heat pump, ventilation and compressor manufacturers.

Refrigeration and air-conditioning are a cornerstone of modern life and are critical to achieving sustainable development worldwide. However, the RAC manufacturing sector is the largest consumption sector of HCFCs and HFCs worldwide. UNIDO is working to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of refrigeration and air-conditioning, while safeguarding the environment.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division’s work in the RAC servicing sector supports the safe installation, operation and maintenance of RAC equipment, as well as the safe use of refrigerants. UNIDO promotes lifelong learning opportunities for RAC servicing technicians and other relevant stakeholders, including tools, equipment and support for the establishment of refrigerant recovery and reclamation centres, vocational schools and certification programmes.

Safe servicing practices reduce the chances of HCFC- and HFC- based refrigerants from being vented into the atmosphere, and the recovery and reclamation of used refrigerants reduces the overall consumption. RAC technicians need to understand what materials they are working with and master tools, technologies and techniques to keep themselves, others, and the planet safe. Technicians also gain better employment opportunities through training and certification.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division supports the conversion of manufacturing industries in the foam sector to non-HCFC and non-HFC refrigerants, as well as the conversion of the individual foam production lines.

Foams have many uses, from shoe soles and disposable cups to insulation for refrigerators and freezers to construction materials for buildings; making the foam sector the second largest consumption sector of HCFCs worldwide.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division provides innovative solutions to reduce the use of harmful chemicals, used as solvents in a wide spectrum of industries, by identifying more sustainable substances or alternative processes.

Solvents are liquids or gases which can dissolve, suspend, or extract other substances. They are often used in precision cleaning, particularly for degreasing metal parts and circuit boards or heavy machinery, but also in household and industrial products.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division promotes the use of climate and ozone friendly refrigerants and energy efficiency practices along the entire cold chain. Cold chains are the temperature-controlled supply chains used to store, process and transport vital products, such as food and medicine. This helps reduce post-harvest food loss and food-borne illnesses, as well as ensuring the viability of vaccines and medicines.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division transfers technology, institutional capacity and expertise for the safe handling, collection, transport, treatment and disposal of harmful chemicals and hazardous waste, including ozone-depleting substances. Stockpiles of RAC equipment containing ozone-depleting substances have ended up in landfills around the world, where they continue to leak out into the atmosphere. The proper disposal and destruction of these stockpiles is a key step to damage to the Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division provided assistance to pharmaceutical companies and health industries to completely phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are ozone depleting substances and potent greenhouse gases, in metered-dose inhalers (MDI). UNIDO will now provide assistance to phase out the use of HFCs in MDIs to improve their environmental sustainability. MDIs are used to treat asthma or other lung diseases, pumping medication directly to the lungs, where it can be absorbed quickly by the patient.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division provided assistance to agro-industries to completely phase out methyl bromide from their production processes. Methyl bromide is a highly toxic chemical, traditionally used as a pesticide in soil and as a fumigant for treating agricultural imports and exports.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division provides assistance to recover refrigerant gases from end-of-life vehicles, to ensure that these gases are not emitted to the atmosphere.

UNIDO provides green design tools, to support circular economy and green industry. For the domestic and commercial refrigerator manufacturing sector, UNIDO is adapting the Commercial Energy Efficient Refrigerator Analysis model (CERA) of the US Environmental Protection Agency, to develop a new modeling tool. This toolkit will enable global manufacturers to estimate the cooling and energy efficiency of refrigeration systems.

UNIDO’s online learning course: “Design of Energy Efficient Environmentally Friendly Refrigerators” provides manufacturers, end-users, academics, and policy-makers (with a strong technical interest) with modeling tools to determine the net benefit for different energy efficient design options for refrigeration equipment.

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    Building back better: US$17.8m for UNIDO projects in support of ozone protection and climate action

    VIENNA, 18 December 2020 - In the midst of the global pandemic, the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MLF) has successfully organized two intersessional approval processes to ensure continued funding for developing count

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  • UNIDO celebrates World Refrigeration Day with partners
    UNIDO celebrates World Refrigeration Day with partners

    VIENNA, 26 June 2020 – On World Refrigeration Day 2020, the Montreal Protocol Division of UNIDO, in collaboration with the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat, organized an online webinar on the impact and importance of refrigeration.

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  • New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and costs of different energy-efficient refrigeration design options
    New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and costs of different energy-efficient refrigeration design options

    VIENNA, 22 June 2020  - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched its latest guidance document supporting domestic and commercial refrigeration manufacturers seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is funded by the

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  • Albania moves ahead with inclusive and sustainable industrial development
    Albania moves ahead with inclusive and sustainable industrial development

    VIENNA, 13 March 2020 – UNIDO and the Government of the Republic of Albania have agreed a comprehensive programmatic framework to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development over the next five years.

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  • Albania steps up fight against climate change
    Albania steps up fight against climate change

    TIRANA, 18 January 2019 – Albania has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. It will reduce use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, which are thousands of times more harmful to the climate than CO2.

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  • UNIDO, Italy support small manufacturers in Iran to comply with global environmental agreements
    UNIDO, Italy support small manufacturers in Iran to comply with global environmental agreements

    TEHRAN, 20 November 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Iran’s National Ozone Unit (NOU) today organized a workshop in Tehran to formulate a technical and business strategy to support small manufacturers of refrigeration equipment and insulation material with th

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  • UNIDO catalyzes interministerial cooperation to assist young Afghan technicians dealing with climate friendly but flammable substances
    UNIDO catalyzes interministerial cooperation to assist young Afghan technicians dealing with climate friendly but flammable substances

    KABUL, 4 October 2018 – An important milestone has been reached today in a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project in Afghanistan focusing on the phase out of ozone-depleting substances – hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) – in the country, as two key stakeholders signed an a

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  • Climate-friendly supermarket refrigeration installed in Jordan
    Climate-friendly supermarket refrigeration installed in Jordan

    AMMAN, 27 February 2018 – One of the most advanced refrigeration systems for supermarkets using CO2 as refrigerant was inaugurated in Jordan today. The official ceremony to unveil the new refrigeration system took place today at the Al Salam supermarket in Amman in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment, Ahmad Al Qatarneh, representing the Minister of Environment, Nayef Al Fayez.

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  • Greening industry to preserve our planet for future generations
    Greening industry to preserve our planet for future generations

    VIENNA, 8 November 2017 - With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) underway in Bonn, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is restating its support for the Paris Agreement as a crucial step towards achieving a greener, sustainable future. Industry is the single large

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  • Yemen’s Minister of Trade and Commerce holds “fruitful” discussions with Director General of UNIDO
    Yemen’s Minister of Trade and Commerce holds “fruitful” discussions with Director General of UNIDO

    VIENNA, 24 November 2017 – On the sidelines of the 7th Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference, hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mohammed Al-Maitami, Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Republic of Yemen, has met the UNIDO Director General, L

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