Ozone Secretariat

https://ozone.unep.org

HQ: Nairobi, Kenya

Focal Points: Ms. Stephanie HaySmith and Mr. Benjamin Kuria

 Emails: Benjamin.kuria @ un.org and stephanie.haysmith @ un.org

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol 

 

Key Figures: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

 

Key figures: Waste

Key Figures: Water

 
 

Executive Secretary's message


“The Ozone Secretariat has offset its carbon footprint of all its operations and the annual global meetings since 2014. While this is a small gesture towards climate neutrality, we are proud to make a difference by adding our contribution to the global efforts. I encourage all to try and make a difference by engaging with the UN Voluntary Cancelation Platform”

Tina Birmpili
Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat

Mission

 

The Ozone Secretariat’s mission is to facilitate and support the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders as appropriate, in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer against adverse impacts resulting from its modification, thus protecting human health and the environment, including minimizing impacts on climate.

Experience so far


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

UN Climate Change issued a certificate through its Climate Neutral Now initiative confirming the voluntary cancellation of 1,387 CERs to compensate for unavoidable emissions from the offices and travel operations of the Secretariat in 2018. Cancelling CERs puts them out of circulation and prevents re-use.

EMS and reduction efforts


The Secretariat is working 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) every year.

Since 2014, the Ozone Secretariat has maintained climate neutrality by measuring the carbon footprint of all meetings held and operations conducted under the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created.

Offsetting

 

For 2018, the Secretariat purchased, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) certified emission reductions (CERs) equivalent to 1,387 tons of carbon dioxide, the GHG emissions associated with travels to the meetings for all participants, including travels to meetings of assessment panels, and related operations in 2018.

Most of the offset emissions were from meeting participants – Secretariat-funded and self-paying. The Secretariat offset the entire flight footprint to make the meetings climate-neutral. Secretariat staff travel accounted for less than 2 per cent of total air travel emissions.
The emissions were measured using a web-based carbon calculator created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The CERs were purchased from the Adaptation Fund, which finances projects and programmes to help developing countries to adapt to the negative effects of climate change.

Waste management


Waste management is done by UNON and UNEP, as we share the same offices.

Water management


Water management is done by UNON and UNEP, as we share the same offices.

Next steps

 

The Ozone Secretariat will continue to ensure climate neutrality by measuring the carbon footprint of all future Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol meetings, including the meetings of the assessment panels of the Montreal Protocol, and related operations, and offsetting the associated greenhouse gas emissions.