Institutional Strengthening for the Implementation of Montreal Protocol


 Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

After joining the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol in 1996, Georgia assumed responsibility for gradually phasing-out ozone depleting substances (ODS). With funds from the Multi-Lateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol, the United nations Development Programme (UNDP) works with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, government agencies, private sector, civil society and educational institutions in Georgia to help the country fulfil its international commitments.

What We Do

UNDP assistance covers the following areas:

  • Preparatory activities for the phase-out and freeze of the ozone depleting substances.
  • Data collection and analysis related to the nationwide ODSs consumption.
  • Preparation of the integrated HCFCs Management Plan.
  • Facilitation of a public discussion on the ozone-related issues and dissemination of information about new technologies and ODSs alternatives.


 Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

By 2008, Georgia had reduced the consumption of the most harmful ozone-depleting substances, chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs, to zero from 22.5 tons a year in 1996.

In 2009, UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia developed a 10-year management plan for 2011-2020, for phasing out Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). 

Some specific results of the project also include:

  • Assistance to the Governemnt of Georgia in preparing reports to the Multilateral Fund and Ozone Secretariat.
  • Introduction of the licensing and quota system for HCFCs.
  • Establishment of two centres for recycling harmful refrigerants.
  • Equipment of 20 refrigeration and air conditioning service centres.
  • Training of 800 refrigeration and air conditioning service professionals.
  • Training of 200 customs officers and the introduction of specialised software at the customs to identify the ozone-depleting substances.
  • Assistance to the 17 companies and organizations in upgrading equipment and moving to harmless refrigerants.
  • Educational campaigns for schoolchildren  and students.
  • A series of training for sales consultants of the leading chain stores that sell home appliances.  


  • The Ozone Layer and Its Protection

    The publication describes some key aspects related to the protection of the stratospheric ozone layer and can be used as a teaching manual in professional colleges and universities or as a teachers’ guidebook in schools.

Who finances it

Multi-Lateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol US$ 60,667


US$ 30,268

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