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2003 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards

About the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award


Carpenter Company and Bally Refrigerated Boxes

Bally Refrigerated Boxes is the leader in converting a substantial portion of their polyurethane foam panel cores product line to blowing agent HFC-245fa well ahead of the January 1, 2003, production phaseout of HCFC-141b. Bally has completed the required development, testing, and approval process for their products and is currently marketing energy efficient, zero-ODP panels far in advance of their competitors. This work was done in partnership with their foam system supplier, Carpenter Company, a leader in the rigid polyurethane pour-in-place foam systems applications. By working together, Bally and Carpenter have proven that conversion to HFC-245fa blowing agent technology can produce foam products that exceed the environmental performance of HCFC products.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak promoted the use of Particle Transfer Roller (PTR) film cleaners as an alternative to off-line use of 1,1,1-trichloroethane for cleaning motion film. PTR technology uses a specially molded soft polyurethane roller that captures dirt and dust through contact adhesion without the use of solvents. Kodak encourages PTR use by conducting technical presentations and distributing product literature and has donated the technology to the public domain for use by customers and competitors. Kodak also implemented an aggressive stewardship program to eliminate ODSs from its industrial refrigeration operations, which are among the largest in the world. A key feature of the program is the intensive retrofit and replacement of existing refrigeration equipment. With PTR and its efforts to reduce emissions from refrigeration equipment, Kodak has eliminated over one million pounds of ODSs from its worldwide operations.

ExxonMobil Chemical Fluids Business Unit

ExxonMobil Chemical Company is a leader in efforts to identify, develop and manufacture ozone-safe blowing agents to replace HCFCs. Exxsol Blowing Agents, based on high-purity cyclopentane, have been successfully implemented in a range of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate rigid foams. Since 1994, ExxonMobil has worked in partnership with foam systems suppliers and end-users, making considerable investments to develop these alternatives for North American industry sectors requiring superior insulating performance to satisfy energy efficiency standards that help protect the climate. In 1999, the EPA approved Exxsol Blowing Agents as alternatives for HCFC-141b in all polyurethane foam applications. Their alternative blowing agents for thermally critical applications such as insulated roofing systems, metal panels, appliances, and other insulated products demonstrate the environmental and commercial benefits of ozone protection.


Milton Catelin, Environment Australia

Milton Catelin is a global leader in crafting nationally consistent and effective policies to phase out ODSs while considering global warming implications of alternatives. He was the government project leader in establishing successful product stewardship and responsible use principles for Australian ODS/HFC importers, producers and users. He has also been responsible for ensuring the stability of the Australian National Halon Bank and increasing Australia’s enforcement and prosecution of illegal trade in ODSs. At the international level, Mr. Catelin has been the President of the Montreal Protocol, the longest serving co-chair of the Open Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol, Executive Member of the United Nations Multilateral Fund (MLF), Convenor of the Production Sector Sub-group of the MLF, Vice President of the Implementation Committee of the Montreal Protocol, and a Member of the Informal Advisory Group to UNEP.

Dr. Ian J. Porter, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria

In 1994, Dr. Ian Porter organized and convened the first Australian national workshop on alternatives to methyl bromide for fumigation of soils in temperate and subtropical horticulture. In 1995 he negotiated industry and government support for a levy on methyl bromide sales that finances the National Methyl Bromide Alternatives Research program. Since then he has led the national pre-plant soil fumigation methyl bromide alternatives program in Australia and together with his research team has provided horticultural industries worth over US$300 million with several effective alternatives. Dr. Porter is a consultant for UNEP projects on the use and control of methyl bromide in China and Countries with Economies in Transition. He is Chair of the Soils Committee of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee and a key member of Environment Australia's Methyl Bromide Consultative Committee and the Australia National Methyl Bromide R&D Committee. He is a featured speaker at numerous national and international conferences, and has written over 200 papers and articles about useful physical chemical and biological methods for control of soil-borne pathogens, pests and weeds.

Stephan Sicars, Siccon Consulting

Stephen Sicars is an internationally recognized expert on the use of flammable refrigerants. He is a member of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technical Options Committee and serves on numerous other technical and professional organizations. He has been cooperating with the Coca-Cola Company in the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions of various ODS alternatives. Since 1995, Mr. Sicars has facilitated expertise transfer to India, supporting capacity building there. He leads a pioneering group of four international and bilateral implementing agencies, Indian researchers, scientists, experts and government officials that develops strategy to reduce and eliminate CFC consumption in the refrigeration and air conditioning service sector. The resulting strategy is renowned for its basis on detailed research, its approach to judging eligibility for financial support, and its involvement and “ownership” of the government. This work will help India achieve compliance with phaseout of CFCs while supporting the prosperity and health of the people of India.

Akio Tateya, Japan Fumigation Technology Association

Akio Tateya is a champion of methyl bromide phaseout in developing countries, working within the Multilateral Fund and several other funds to transfer knowledge and alternative technology to Article 5(1) countries. He has given lectures, in Japan and elsewhere, to A-5 country stakeholders on methyl bromide regulation, including Montreal Protocol requirements, and alternative technologies. He has educated many members of A-5 country delegations who work with him to champion methyl bromide issues at Montreal Protocol Meetings of the Parties. Mr. Tateya was a participating member of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee from 1993 to 1996, and remains a consulting member. He now works for the Japan Fumigation Technology Association, and has written a number of papers about Japan's actions to control and phase out methyl bromide, including progress in the development of alternatives for soil treatment, stored products and quarantine in Japan.

Dr. Dao Duc Tuan, Climate Change and Ozone Protection Office

Dr. Dao Duc Tuan helped organize the scientific, political, and industry support that allowed Vietnam to sign and ratify the Montreal Protocol and he established the National Office for Climate Change and Ozone Layer Protection. As the Director of the Vietnam National Office, Dr. Tuan has shared the developing country perspective and expertise on global environmental problems through various panels of the IPCC and UNEP Roundtable discussions on ODS phaseout. He was a mastermind of the Vietnam Pledge by multinational companies to not increase the ODS dependence of Vietnam. Through national conferences, he has united the voices of the majority of provinces, sectors, and ministries in Vietnam to enable them to work towards solutions to ozone depletion that work for the entire country. His efforts will enable Vietnam to phase out ODSs well ahead of the schedule set by the Montreal Protocol. Dr. Tuan has also assisted the governments of Laos and Cambodia in ratifying and implementing the Montreal Protocol and is supporting ODS phaseout throughout Southeast Asia. Dr. Tuan died in March 2003.

Ing.Agr. (MSc) Alejandro H. Valeiro, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria

Alejandro Valeiro, at Argentina’s national agricultural research and extension institute (INTA), led the successful UNDP demonstration project "PROZONO" identifying successful alternatives to methyl bromide for the tobacco sector. Floating seed-tray systems, in particular, were found to give better results than methyl bromide. Mr. Valeiro, with full participation of the methyl bromide users and stakeholders, leads a follow-up project to phase out all uses of methyl bromide in Argentina’s tobacco sector. In its first year (2002), this project trained 114 agricultural trainers and 2,760 farmers to install and use methyl bromide alternatives successfully. He has organized major awareness-raising campaigns about ozone depletion problems – and solutions – in the media, in schools in rural areas, and through specialized agricultural outlets and even telephone hotlines for farmers. He also acts as an international adviser on methyl bromide phaseout strategies and planning in other countries and is a member of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee.


SC Johnson

In June 1975, SC Johnson became the first company to completely abandon CFCs as aerosol propellants and to mount an aggressive advertising campaign favoring the alternatives and informing consumers about the risks of ozone depletion. Their market transformation and technical leadership smoothed the way toward the 1978 U.S. ban on non-essential CFC aerosol products. This ban was an important regulatory step towards the ultimate phaseout of CFCs. SC Johnson also helps protect the climate by using hydrocarbon aerosol propellants instead of HFCs that have substantially higher global warming potential. SC Johnson has recently given much time and effort to help the EPA develop their Climate Leaders program. Since joining the program in February, 2002 SC Johnson has already completed a high-quality corporate-wide greenhouse gas inventory and set an aggressive goal to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 23% per pound of product from 2000 to 2005.

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