Proof Chemicals Deplete The Ozone Layer
A new research paper recently published (January 4, 2018) in the Geophysical Research Letters “Decline in Antarctic Ozone Depletion and Lower Stratospheric Chlorine Determined From Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations” highlights that inorganic chlorine is the catalyst in destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere, the stratosphere. While this was often assumed, this is Paper is seen as providing the first direct proof that the ozone hole is recovering due to less chlorine (chemicals) in the stratosphere.
It is still believed the ozone hole and depletion in the broader context will still take until the years 2060-2080 before the ozone layer recovers itself naturally. See the full Paper at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074830/full
The Montreal Protocol turns 30
Canada and The Paris Agreement
On October 5, 2016, Canada’s Parliament ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It becomes effective on November 4, 2016. Canada’s provinces will have to develop an approach to address climate change or the federal government will intervene.
GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 5, 2016 /CNW/ – Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, released the following statement on the occasion of Canada ratifying the Paris Agreement at the United Nations in New York:
“From the earliest days of our government’s mandate, as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I have been invested in the Paris Agreement. In December 2015, I led Canada’s delegation to COP21, where Canada played an instrumental role in reaching that historic agreement to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. And where Canada fought to make sure Indigenous rights were recognized in the Agreement by all 195 countries that signed on. And I was there when Canada signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, Earth Day.
“Today, Parliament voted to support the ratification of the Paris Agreement, true to our commitment to do so this year. And once again, Canada is a leader on climate change. Our action will bring the world over the threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.
“Here at home, we continue to work for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, businesses, and the provinces and territories. We remain committed to developing a Canadian plan for clean growth and climate change to support families and businesses in making our country cleaner and more competitive.
“We are the first generation to truly feel the effects of climate change, and the last that is able to do something about it before it is too late. Canada’s children will remember today as the day the world did something about it.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Canadian and global effort to address climate change, and secure a cleaner future for our planet.”
Show It/See It – It’s the Law
37 & 38 OEWG in Vienna
The 37th and 38th OEWG and the 3rd Extraordinary MOP was held in Vienna, Austria July 15-23. Review the documents discussed via following the website below:
Halocarbon Stewardship Plans Required
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) has published a Notice Requiring the Preparation and Implementation of Pollution Prevention Plans in Respect of Halocarbons Used as a Refrigerant in the Canada Gazette, Part I. This Notice is published under Part 4 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
This Notice was developed in consideration of all comments received from stakeholders further to the publication of the proposed Notice on April 18, 2015. A document containing the responses to comments received during these consultations is posted here at http://www.ec.gc.ca/planp2-p2plan/default.asp?lang=En&n=40C4637C.
This Notice applies to companies that:
annually import 100 kg or more of bulk halocarbons, whether alone or in a mixture, to be used, in whole or in part, as a refrigerant in the refrigeration or stationary air conditioning sectors; or
manufacture or reclaim halocarbons that are to be used, whether alone or in a mixture, in whole or in part, as a refrigerant in the refrigeration or stationary air conditioning sectors; or
You may refer to the following documents that are available on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website under “Pollution Prevention Planning Support tools” at http://www.ec.gc.ca/planp2-p2plan/default.asp?lang=En&n=3D468D8C-1:
Pollution Prevention Planning Provisions of Part 4 of CEPA 1999: Frequently Asked Questions
Guidelines for Implementation of the Pollution Prevention Planning Provisions of Part 4 of CEPA 1999
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Pollution Prevention Planning Handbook
A copy of the Notice can be found at http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-05-21/html/sup2-eng.body.html.
Manitoba’s 41st Legislature Throne Speech
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama Meet & Agree on Climate Path
See joint statement to address climate change including HFCs via the link below:
Aerosol HFC Controls Encouraged
MOPIA has long advanced and encouraged the elimination of the use of HFC’s in aerosol containers. HFC 134a and HFC 52 are used as a propellant carrier product gas in many, many consumer products from air horns to anti-perspirants. Alternatives and other methods are available for manufacturers to mitigate the use of HFCs in these applications. See our latest news on this issue:
37th OEWG Meets in Geneva – HFCs Controls on the Agenda
The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took place in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-6 April. Some progress was made in considering a pathway forward to include and control HFCs but no formal agreement was reached. Parties will be meeting again in Vienna, Austria in Summer 2016 at an intersessional meeting to possibly formalize an amendment in time for the in next Montreal Protocol meeting set for October 2016 in Rwanda.
International Ozone Day
September 16 is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Regulated Products Bulletin
Find out what products are regulated in Manitoba in our Bulletin highlighted here:
2018 SD Permit Renewal Form
Click on the link above to access a 2015 renewal Secondary Distributor Permit form or below for a Record Data Form.
Environment Canada Notice on HFCs
Environment Canada has issued a Notice of Intent to Regulate HFCs. See details via the links highlighted here:
In addition, a News Release is available here:
MOPIA’s January 2018 Bulletin
DIY – Use a Professional
Consumers should be cautious that topping-up of a regulated refrigerant is prohibited and adding a different refrigerant into an existing A/C system inappropriately has risks – see our poster below…..
2018 Program Awareness Sessions
The events are free and will include information packed into an hour long PowerPoint session. Learn about your regulatory obligations, new and emerging refrigerants and industry technologies. MOPIA officials will be present to answer questions and hear your concern.
Dates and locations will be posted on the registration form below.
Scientific Assessment Released
The Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of the Montreal Protocol has completed its quadrennial assessment in accordance with decision XXIII/13 of the 23rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The report entitled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014” can be downloaded from the Ozone Secretariat’s website at this link:
The Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the Montreal Protocol has completed its quadrennial assessment in accordance with decision XXIII/13 of the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The EEAP report entitled “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” can be downloaded from the Ozone Secretariat’s website at this link: http://ozone.unep.org/en/assessment_panels_bodies.php?committee_id=8
Significant Arctic Ozone Depletion
Ozone Depletion Significant in the Arctic – Record Levels
Also note, the next Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol will take place in Montreal in Fall, 2017. See details at: www.unep.org/ozone
NEXT Session: February 24, 2018
MOPIA’s regularly holds “one day-all day” certification training sessions throughout the year upon need by our stakeholders. If you are interested in attending one of this session, please fill out the training application form seen below and return it to us through email, fax or mail. We will keep this application on file, and alert you on the next session date.
MOPIA is also looking into on-line and self-study options to accommodate our rural stakeholders. If this applies to you please contact us for more details.
Switch the Stat
Switch the Stat is a National Stewardship effort to responsibly collect mercury switches from all sorts of equipment including fridges and freezers. If you have mercury switches, look for a local depot to deposit them. See: www.switchthestat.ca/eng/index.php
MOPIA is a Switch the Stat Depot at 1082 Main Street. Hours to drop off switches are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm weekdays.