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ord That confidence was given a boost when countries un- der the Montreal Protocol decided to take quick and early action down the path to ending HCFC consumption and production. These actions, however, must be taken in the spirit of a new era in which the world embraces the need for ‘green growth’ – growth that casts off the ‘business as usual’ approach and accelerates us down the path to low- carbon, resource-efficient economies with an intelligent management of natural and nature-based assets. Indeed, the accelerated action on HCFCs will achieve maximum benefits in terms of ozone and climate if the phase-out is accompanied by improvements in areas such as energy efficiency and the adoption of alternate technologies. The world has an unparalleled opportunity to simultaneously eliminate ozone depleting substances, reap climate ben- efits, and improve energy efficiency and stimulate growth in green jobs. foreword to the third edition

The efforts of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol have, over the last 25 years, translated scientific realities into political decisions leading to concrete action on the ground. The experience of this Protocol can act as bothguideand inspiringexampleof themultilateral systemat its best, and should help build confidence for future multilateral environmental agreements.

This third, revised edition of “Vital Ozone Graphics” sheds a light onto the decisions taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase out of HCFCs and the implications this has on the use of replacement chemicals. It focuses on the links to climate both physi- cally up in the air and on the institutional ground of inter- national treaty negotiations and discusses the remaining challenges posed by the large amounts of banks of ozone depleting substances still present in equipment in use and stocked away, only safe for the atmosphere once entirely destroyed. The third edition is lauched for the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. It updates the previous edition with data and information available up to 2011.

a note for journalists Vital Ozone Graphics is designed to be a practical tool for journalists who are interested in developing stories related to ozone depletion and the Montreal Protocol. Besides providing a basic introduction to the subject, this publica- tion is meant to encourage journalists to seek further in- formation from expert sources and to provide ready-made visual explantions that can be incorporated into an article. All of the graphics are available online free of charge at The graphics can be downloaded in different formats and resolutions, and are

designed in such a way that they can easily be trans- lated into local languages. The on-line version also fea- tures additional materials such as story ideas, contacts, a comprehensive glossary and more links to informa- tion related to the ozone hole. UNEP DTIE OzonAction, UNEP/GRID-Arendal and Zoï Environment Network would appreciate receiving a copy of any material using these graphics. Please send an e-mail to, and

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