OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment, the
Honourable Peter Kent, issued the following statement on the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
"Twenty-five years ago, the world gathered in Montreal to take on a
problem endangering the safety of our families, and the state of our
planet - the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances.
"With Canada at the forefront, both then and now, this meeting led to
the creation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
Ozone Layer. Celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday, September 16,
2012, it is clear that this treaty is one of the best that has ever
been written. One hundred and ninety-seven countries have now signed
onto the Montreal Protocol.
"Canada has been a world leader in atmospheric ozone science for more
than 50 years. Twenty-five years ago, we contributed key scientific
information that laid the groundwork for the development of the
Montreal Protocol andwe have continued to play a key role in this field
of research and restoration.
"In 1992, Environment Canada scientists developed the UV Index; a tool
used around the world, and of critical importance to Canadian parents
who use it to protect their children from over-exposure to harmful UV
radiation. Environment Canada scientists also developed the Brewer
Ozone Spectrophotometer, recognized globally as the most accurate
ozone-measuring instrument to date. In fact, in September 2007, three
Environment Canada scientists were awarded the innovator's award from
the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) Ozone Secretariat. And most recently, an Environment Canada
official was elected President of the World Meteorological Organization
in 2011, the organization that houses the UV data centre.
"Thanks to the Montreal Protocol and a strong foundation of
Canadian-made, Canadian-led science, we are making progress in the
restoration of the ozone layer. As a result of our efforts,
ozone-depleting substance consumption in Canada has been reduced by
"However, there is more work to be done and we will continue to ensure
full implementation of the Montreal Protocol worldwide. Canada is
promoting a North American proposal to add HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) to
the protocol. As HFCs are potent greenhouse gases that are used as
substitutes to ozone-depleting chemicals, using this powerful agreement
is another means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally.
"In addition, Canada was one of the six founding countries of the
Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate
Pollutants, which will yield positive results in the near-term as we
continue to make progress in our efforts to reduce emissions from
longer-lived greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide.
"Today, the Montreal Protocol is a model international agreement for
achieving environmental results, including contributing to the fight
against climate change. As some ozone-depleting substances are also
powerful greenhouse gases, international action has cut the equivalent
of about 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
"Not only has the Montreal Protocol had a major impact on our daily
lives, and the health and safety of our children, it has served for
twenty-five years as an example of what the global community can
achieve, when it comes together and commits to real action."
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SOURCE: Environment Canada
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