Dr Robyn Schofield elected to International Ozone Commission

Dr Schofield, from the School of Earth Sciences, was elected onto the commission at the recent Quadriennial Ozone Symposium in Edinburgh, attended by more than 300 scientists. This is a prestigious four-year position limited to 30 members.

Dr Schofield's appointment comes on the eve of International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer on Friday 16 September, the theme of which is 'Working towards reducing global-warming HFCs under the Montreal Protocol'.

This theme will commemorate the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which has been an outstanding example of successful collaboration between scientists, governments, non-government organisations and industry to control the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. 

An important achievement of the Montreal Protocol has been the successful reduction of the global production, consumption, and emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). Atmospheric observations have shown that total chlorine from these ODSs is declining. Most of these ODSs are also potent greenhouse gases. The ODS contribution to global warming and climate change would have been much larger without the Montreal Protocol. The climate protection already achieved by the Montreal Protocol could be further improved by managing the emissions of substitute fluorocarbon gases and/or implementing alternative gases with lower global warming potentials.