Recognition of Australian contributions to protecting the ozone layer
Australian individuals and organisations recognised for their contribution to protection of the ozone layer and work for the implementation of the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Australian Government has recognised the significant efforts by several Australians for their sustained, long-term commitment to ozone layer protection, for contributing to national leadership on this issue and helping to create a lasting international legacy.
In mid-2012 the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities sought nominations for Australians prominent in the area of ozone protection and implementation of the Montreal Protocol to receive certificates recognising their leadership and contributions. Nominations were sought from relevant industry, scientific and technical organisations, both domestically and internationally.
Of the nominations received, seven individuals were recommended to receive certificates; two from industry, four from a science or technology background, and one ex-government official. The people who have been recognised have contributed most to Australia’s phase-out of ozone depleting substances and to implementation of the Montreal Protocol more broadly.
Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, presented certificates to five of the recipients at an event at Parliament House on 13 September 2012.
Certificate recipients are:
Mr Steve Anderson
For his leadership of Australian industry to phase-out the consumption of ozone depleting substances in advance of Montreal Protocol obligations, and for his initiative in establishing an Australian product stewardship scheme for refrigerants to reduce emissions.
Dr Jonathan Banks
For his leadership, and his work with countries, on the international phase-out of methyl bromide consumption through the Montreal Protocol’s Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee, and for his work at CSIRO on development of methyl bromide alternatives.
Mr Michael Bennett
For his leadership on, and management of, an Australian product stewardship scheme for refrigerants that has successfully destroyed thousands of tonnes of waste refrigerant, and for his support of research on emissions of ozone-depleting substances in Australia.
Dr Paul Fraser
For leading Australian atmospheric measurements of ozone-depleting substances for more than 30 years, his contribution to global ozone assessments, and for his strong support for industry and government action to phase-out use of ozone-depleting substances in Australia.
Dr Ian Porter
For his leadership internationally on the transition from controlled uses of methyl bromide, and his contribution to the phase-out of methyl bromide uses in Australia including research and promotion of alternatives.
Dr Helen Tope
For her international leadership on helping countries to transition from using ozone depleting substances to alternatives for medical purposes, and for her domestic leadership on ozone protection policies while at the Victorian Environment Protection Authority.
Mr John Whitelaw
For his leadership in development and early implementation of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and for his support of initial Australian Government action on ozone protection.
Mr James Shevlin, Environment Australia
Mr Robert Sanders, VicOzone Monitoring Project, Australia
Dr. Helen Tope, Environment Protection Authority, Australia
Association of Fluorocarbon Consumers and Manufacturers of Australia, Australia
Dr. Jonathan Banks, CSIRO Division of Entomology, Australia*
Australian Department of Administrative Services, Australia
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, Australia
Woolworths Limited, Australia
Andrea Hinwood, Environmental Protection Authority, Australia*
Halon Essential Use Panel-EPA, Australia
Mr Milton Catelin has served the Protocol in a large number of capacities, including as an active delegate at meetings of the Parties, the Implementation Committee for the Montreal Protocol and the Executive Committee, and as an innovative national implementer. His leadership in his roles as three-time co-chair of the Open Ended Working Group and President of the Meeting of Parties enabled the Parties to address a number of key issues in a considered manner.
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia is an industry-funded environmental trust that was established to recover, reclaim and destroy ozone-depleting refrigerants. Its innovative collection system has enabled the recovery of over 1,600 tonnes of contaminated and unwanted ozone-depleting substances.
Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries Methyl Bromide Research Team consisting of Scott Mattner, Ross Mann, Robyn Brett, Alan Shanks, Natalie Tostovrsnik, Rajendra Gounder, Leanne Trinder, Stefan Smith, Debra Partington, Murray Hannah, Ian Porter, has done outstanding work in evaluating alternatives and supporting Australia’s efforts to phase out methyl bromide.
Cancer Council, Australia, pioneered a highly successful “slip, slop, slap” campaign to focus the Australian public on measures that they would take to reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The programme, which has been adopted in other countries, helped protect the public and raise awareness of ozone depletion.
Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources also received a bilateral implementing agency award in recognition of extraordinary assistance to developing countries in the global effort to phase out ozone-depleting substances and protect the ozone layer.
Mr Anthony Hetherington was awarded an Outstanding Service Award for his outstanding work as a delegate from Australia, and a Deputy Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund secretariat.
Four Australians were also awarded Technology and Economic Assessment Panel Champion Awards in recognition of extraordinary service to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and the global effort to protect the ozone layer
Mr Jonathan Banks has been a co-chair and indispensable member of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee for over 10 years. His work in TEAP on critical use nominations and quarantine and pre-shipment issues, and his work outside TEAP on the development of methyl bromide alternatives, have contributed to ozone protection.
Dr Ian Porter has been a member of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee since 1998 and a co-chair since 2005. He is a technical specialist and principal research scientist at the (Victorian) Department of Primary Industries, Melbourne, Australia, and has contributed to the development of alternatives to methyl bromide.
Dr Ian Rae has been a member and co-chair of the Chemicals Technical Options Committee since 2005 and has contributed to other TEAP task force reports. His is an honorary professorial fellow as the University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Helen Tope has been a co-chair of the Medical Technical Options Committee and Aerosols and Miscellaneous Uses Options committee for almost 15 years, where she has been a strong advocate for a seamless transition to CFC-metered does inhalers.
The Australian Methyl Bromide Phaseout Team for Leadership and Dedication to Methyl Bromide Phase-Out and Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection
Dr. Ian Porter, the Australian Vegetable and Potato Growers Federation (AUSVEG), and Strawberries Australia led the phaseout of methyl bromide in Australia under a model program that ensures environmental protection. Tomato, pepper, and cucurbit growers halted methyl bromide use quickly, never needing critical-use exemptions, and strawberry producers also halted their use of methyl bromide. These leaders began planning for the phaseout in 1994, and since then have implemented outreach, research, and training programs requiring careful planning, communication, and innovation. They tested more than 40 chemical and nonchemical alternatives through innovative programs within the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and Better Berries projects funded by Horticulture Australia and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Water Resources. They also shared information through a national communication program, including a Web site and national newsletter.
Dr. Ian Porter and his team have worked with atmospheric scientists in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and other international experts to find alternatives to methyl bromide and to confirm the impact of methyl bromide emissions on the ozone layer. They have shared their knowledge with Chinese colleagues, which resulted in China signing the Copenhagen Amendment. Collaboration with other international experts has helped reduce more than 45,000 tonnes of methyl bromide between 1995 and 2007.
- Dr. Ian J. Porter
- Australian Vegetable and Potato Growers Federation (AUSVEG)
- Strawberries Australia and the Australian Strawberry Industry
Dr. Helen Tope, Energy International Australia, for Leadership and Personal Dedication in Protecting the Ozone Layer
Co-chair of the Aerosols, Sterilants, Miscellaneous Uses and Carbon Tetrachloride Technical Options Committee (ATOC), now the Medical Technical Options Committee (MTOC), and member of TEAP since 1995, Dr. Tope was involved in the phaseout of ODSs as an environment regulator for the Government of Victoria, Australia. As a member of TEAP, Dr Tope worked on several task forces concerning process agents and HFCs. As member of the ATOC and MTOC, she contributed valuable analysis and perspective to the MDI phaseout. She also has worked with sterilization, miscellaneous uses, and laboratory uses of ODSs. During her 12 years as TOC co-chair, Dr. Tope has been in charge of the production of TOC reports, organisation of TOC meetings, and incorporation of new members to emphasise participation from developing countries. Her dedication to protect the ozone layer has been outstanding. Dr. Tope’s TEAP/TOC work has meant a substantial economic sacrifice since she stopped her work at Victoria’s EPA and continues to fulfill her TEAP commitments. Dr. Tope has been instrumental in protecting the ozone layer in the following capacities: senior policy advisor; member of TEAP; co-chair and member of the ATOC and MTOC; and participant in global conferences and workshops.
Dr. Jonathan Banks has played a critical role in bringing together disparate views on methyl bromide for the benefit of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. In 1992 he became the first Chair of the Methyl Bromide Technical Option Committee, whose 1994 Methyl Bromide Assessment Report served as a basis the Vienna Adjustments for controlling methyl bromide under the Protocol. Dr. Banks has also been influential in developing and promoting alternatives to methyl bromide and has been a member of UNEP’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) since 1993.
Dr. Jonathan Banks, CSIRO
Dr. Andrea L. Hinwood, Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria, Australia
Mr John Whitelaw, Environment Australia
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