The award is an acknowledgement of the team’s robust dedication to combating unlawful business in ozone-depleting components (ODS). The team is a part of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action.

The Ozone Protection Award objectives at offering incentives and popularity to customs and enforcement officials who reach combating unlawful business in ODS and similar apparatus.

This yr’s different winners are Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

In the duration from May 2014 to April 2016, the award winners reported seizures of greater than 68 metric tonnes of ozone-depleting chemical substances and combos. An extra 174 metric tonnes of unlawful ODS have additionally been have shyed away from through the so-called Informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) which permits session among officials prior to business licenses are issued.

Illegal business stays a major problem. Fighting it will be important if the worldwide phase-out of ODS agreed underneath the Montreal Protocol is to succeed in the hoped-for restoration of the ozone layer.

The team has additionally gained the award in 2014, 2012 and 2010.

Background

By 2010, the EU diminished its intake of the principle makes use of of ODS to 0. However, sure makes use of of those components are nonetheless allowed. Their imports and exports require a license. The Commission is answerable for issuing those licenses within the European Union.

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