ASHRAE has received the prestigious Partnership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme’s Ozone Secretariat for its extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The award was presented to ASHRAE at the 2017 Ozone Awards ceremony on November 23 in Montreal. The Partnership Award recognizes the work of civil society and international
organizations that have played a critical role in the development of the Kigali Amendment and/or implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Commonly referred to as “the treaty that saved the ozone layer,” the Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is an international agreement designed to substantially reduce emissions of substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. The Protocol has led to the phase-out of more than 99 percent of nearly 100 ozone-depleting chemicals and significantly contributed to climate change mitigation, according to UN Environment.