World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

UNEP celebrates 35th anniversary of Montreal Protocol

KENYA: UN secretary general António Guterres has called on the world to continue backing the “essential work” of the Montreal Protocol as the international treaty celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Today, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the world remembers how the Montreal Protocol began the process of curtailing the depletion of the ozone layer – one of the biggest threats ever to face humanity.

Thanks to the eradication of ozone-depleting gases the ozone layer is healing, allowing it once again to shield humanity from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

In addition to protecting millions of people from skin cancer and cataracts, it slowed climate change. It is estimated that if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been banned, we would be looking at a global temperature rise of an additional 2.5°C by the end of this century. 

Under the Kigali Amendment, nations have now committed to phase down HFCs – a move that could avoid up to 0.4°C of global temperature rise by the end of the century. 

In his address today, UN secretary general António Guterres said:

“Today, we celebrate 35 years of the Montreal Protocol’s success in protecting the stratospheric ozone layer against synthetic chemicals that also cause climate heating. Thanks to a global agreement, humanity has averted a major health catastrophe due to ultraviolet radiation pouring through a massive hole in the ozone layer.

“The Montreal Protocol is a success because, when science discovered the threat we all faced, governments and their partners acted. We adopted a global environmental agreement that has been universally ratified and decisively implemented.

“The Montreal Protocol is a powerful example of multilateralism in action. With the many problems facing the world – from conflicts to growing poverty, deepening inequality and the climate emergency – it is a reminder that we can succeed in working together for the common good.

“The Montreal Protocol has already contributed to tackling the climate crisis. By protecting plants from ultraviolet radiation, allowing them to live and store carbon, it has avoided up to an extra 1ºC of global warming. The Protocol’s work to phase out climate-heating gases and improve energy efficiency through its Kigali Amendment can further slow climate disruption.

“But, only by mirroring the cooperation and speedy action of the Montreal Protocol elsewhere can we stop the carbon pollution that is dangerously heating our world.

“We have a choice: collective action or collective suicide. On this International Day, let us pledge to emulate the cooperation shown by the Montreal Protocol to end the climate crisis and all our common challenges. And let us continue to back the Montreal Protocol’s essential work.”

Latest News

27th February 2024

Leak detection software attracts $5m funding

USA: The refrigerant leak detection software created by San-Jose-based Axiom Cloud has attracted $5m in funding to accelerate deployment of the technology.
27th February 2024

Midea opens showroom in New York

USA: Chinese air conditioning and heat pump manufacturer Midea has opened its first national showroom and distribution centre in New York.
27th February 2024

European heat pump sales down 5% in 2023

EUROPE: After a decade of increases, heat pump sales in Europe fell by around 5% in 2023 – and market analysts are expecting this downward trend to continue this year.
26th February 2024

Modine buys Canadian AHU manufacturer

USA/CANADA: Modine has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian air handling unit manufacturer Scott Springfield Manufacturing. 
26th February 2024

Stulz partners on immersion cooling

GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: Stulz Modular, the data centre design, build and maintenance services provider, is cooperating with Dutch immersion cooling specialist Asperitas in the field of liquid cooling.
26th February 2024

Brian Streatfield 1936-2024

UK: Brian Streatfield, a man who was instrumental in the formation of Carrier in the UK during the 1970s, died at the weekend. He was 87.