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The National Ozone Unit (NOU) is housed within the National Environment and Planning Agency. It was established in 1997 and implements Jamaica’s country programme for phase out of ozone depleting substances (ODS) including execution of projects geared towards phase out of same. Projects are funded by the Multilateral Fund for implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

As a Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Jamaica is obligated to phase out ODS. The Protocol is an international, legally binding agreement that includes phase out schedules for ODS for developed and developing countries. Jamaica became a Party to the agreement in 1993. Subsequent amendments and dates ratified are below:

Amendment Date ratified
London 1993
Copenhagen 1997
Montreal 2003
Beijing 2003

The NOU has an ongoing public education programme on ozone layer protection and related issues. Under the Montreal Protocol, September 16 is celebrated annually as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

A National Ozone Officer/Project Manager and a Project Assistant are the staff members of the NOU.