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Our Work

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.

Montreal Protocol - Stakeholders

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.

Montreal Protocol - Ozone Depleting Substances

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.