The National Ozone Unit of Grenada joins the international community to celebrate International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer.

This year’s celebration under theme; Ozone Layer Protection: the Mission Goes On, is of particular relevance in the context of the achievements of the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer and the future challenges that confronts Grenada and the rest of the world.

We celebrate in 2014 with the recent announcement on September 11 by the world’s leading atmospheric scientists who announced that the ozone layer is in fact recovering.

This recovery is largely due to parties to the Montreal Protocol, including Grenada,that has for the last 27 years of the Protocol’s existence has made significant contributions in addressing the global problem of ozone layer depletion.

These atmospheric observations have indicated that the levels of ozone depleting chemicals in the stratosphere is declining.

Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), highlighted that there are encouraging signs that the ozone layer is on track to recovery by the middle of this century.

The NOU feels gratified with this outcome since Grenada has been actively involved in the global effort to rid the planet of ozone depleting chemicals since 1993, when Grenada ratified the Montreal Protocol. To date more than 98% of the ozone depleting chemicals have been phased out globally.

While we are gratified by these achievements, the NOU warns that we should not become complacent in our efforts. We also warn that in the replacement of the ODSs, concern should be exercised in the potential to introduce potent greenhouse gases as alternatives. We strongly advocate the need to protect the ozone layer as our mandate, but to also achieve the synergistic benefits of climate protection and improved energy efficiency.

The NOU would like to recognize and commend all partners in this process that have been contributing to the success of the Montreal protocol programme in Grenada; the Customs and Excise Department, importers of Refrigerants and Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) equipment, the Association of RAC technicians, customs brokers, T A Marryshow Community College and the Ministry of Finance and Energy.

Protecting Ozone is protecting you. Ozone Friendly Planet is our Target! Let us protect the atmosphere for generations to come.

Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On in Grenada