2006 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards
For Leadership in Phasing Out Methyl Bromide in the Food and Bakery Industry
Kampffmeyer Mills, the largest milling group in Europe, has halted their use of methyl bromide at all their milling facilities in Germany and Hungary, where they make one hundred different grain products and raw ingredients for the food and bakery industry. Kampffmeyer is sharing its experience with the European milling industry and has joined with other companies in funding milling demonstrations of ozone-safe alternatives to improve knowledge and speed global phaseout.
Nestlé Purina PetCare, North America
For Leadership in the Elimination of Methyl Bromide Use in Pet Food Processing
Nestlé Purina PetCare led the pet product industry in phasing out the toxic and ozone-depleting chemical methyl bromide. Thanks to the leadership of Kim Kemp and Larry Dean, methyl bromide is no longer used in any of the company's eight large pet food processing facilities in North America. They accomplished this impressive phase-out through integrated pest management, improved sanitation, and an innovative heat treatment program that is being implemented by food processors throughout the world. Nestlé Purina PetCare generously sponsors workshops to demonstrate this new ozone-safe process technology, and has also trained thousands of pest management professionals and quality control personnel at their Food Safety Symposiums.
The Ozone Hole, Inc.
For Leadership in Protecting the Ozone Layer through Education and Motivating Change
The Ozone Hole is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the ozone layer, the climate and Earth's environment by educating and motivating the public through its internationally respected website, http://www.theozonehole.com . Leading Internet search engines rank The Ozone Hole website as the top destination for information on ozone-related subjects. One particularly laudable feature of The Ozone Hole website is their "Ask the Scientist Program" where leading researchers and scientists answer questions submitted by students and the general public about ozone depletion and atmospheric science.
ASSOCIATION & TEAM AWARDS
Australian Strawberry and Vegetable Growers
For Leadership and Cooperation in Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in Australia
AUSVEG and Strawberries Australia, representing vegetable and strawberry growers, led the phase-out of methyl bromide in Australia. Tomato, pepper, and cucurbit growers halted methyl bromide use quickly, never needing critical use exemptions. This was achieved by a strong industry-government partnership to implement collaborative, targeted research and adopt alternatives. Farms in the Bundaberg region, once Australia's main user of methyl bromide, now produce 100% of their vegetables using ozone-friendly alternatives. Growers in the Carnarvon region eliminated methyl bromide in 2002. Australian strawberry fruit producers only required a critical use exemption for one year (2005), but have now eliminated methyl bromide use. Australian horticulturists achieved this success through a nationwide network of growers, researchers, extension agents, government and methyl bromide and alternative suppliers dedicated to environmental protection.
California Strawberry Commission
For Leadership and Cooperation in Reducing Methyl Bromide from U.S. Strawberry Fields
The California Strawberry Commission is the world leader in developing alternatives to methyl bromide and emission reductions. In 1999, methyl bromide was used in 85% of the state's strawberry acreage. By 2004, methyl bromide was reduced to 55% of planted acres. The Commission has funded more than $10 million to federal and state supported research projects, the largest contribution of any agricultural group in the world. These research results have been shared internationally with other agencies. The California strawberry industry is environmentally responsible and committed to producing the world's safest nutritious fruit.
The CFC Committee of the Federation of Pharmaceutical
Manufacturers' Association of Japan
For Leadership and Cooperation in CFC Elimination from Metered Dose Inhalers
The fourteen member companies of the CFC Committee of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Japan (FPMAJ) are world leaders in the transition away from CFC-based metered-dose inhalers (MDIs). They accomplished one of the world's first national CFC-MDI phaseouts. This was done through the combined efforts of individual companies in cooperation with environmental authorities, using an innovative transition strategy that maintained and in many cases improved care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Today, there are 21 brands of CFC-free alternatives including HFC MDIs and dry powder inhalers on the market in Japan. The ozone layer has been protected without adversely affecting the health of patients with respiratory diseases in Japan.
The Association of Harvesters and Exporters of Fruit
and Vegetables (COEXPHAL) and the Association of Commercial
Suppliers of Horticultural Products of Almería
For Leadership in the Phase-Out of Methyl Bromide in Europe
Sixty percent of Spain's fresh vegetables are grown by members of the Association of Harvesters and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables (COEXPHAL), the Association of Commercial Suppliers of Horticultural Products of Almería (ECOHAL) and others in Almería. All of their vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons and other cucurbits are grown without the use of methyl bromide. COEXPHAL AND ECOHAL worked with other organizations to develop certified production standards for vegetables, promoting integrated pest management and prohibiting the use of methyl bromided. COEXPHAL and ECOHAL actively promoted the use of alternatives among growers. Today, methyl bromide is completely phased out in this major horticultural region, and the producers remain successful in local and international markets.
Environmental Investigation Agency
For Leadership and Collaboration in Preventing Smuggling of Ozone-Depleting Chemicals
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is remarkably brave and successful in exposing illegal trade and use of ozone depleting substances, in motivating policy makers to take action, and in providing assistance to combat smuggling operations. EIA carries out major undercover investigations into the black market for CFCs and halons, exposing the methods and routes used by ODS smugglers around the world, including the U.S. and Europe. EIA tells all, naming companies and individuals in its reports. Close collaboration between EIA and enforcement agencies has led directly to seizures, regional investigations, focused enforcement activity, and more responsible practices by ODS exporters.
UV Monitoring Team
For Leadership and Teamwork in Collecting and Analyzing Ground-Level UV Radiation Data
The UV Monitoring Team Terry Keating (US EPA), Patrick Disterhoft (NOAA/CIRES), and Michael Kimlin (formerly of the University of Georgia) ensured the continued collection and accurate analysis of ground-level ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. EPA and various partners have operated a nationwide network of Brewer spectrophotometers, one of the largest networks of its type in the world. Persevering through organizational and funding changes, this team has worked to continue the operation of this unique scientific resource, allowing scientists and policymakers to track the damage from ozone depletion and watch for recovery.
- Patrick Disterhoft, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
- Terry Keating, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Dr. Michael Kimlin, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (formerly University of Georgia)
John B. Mueller
For Leadership and Innovation in Implementing Methyl Bromide Alternatives
John Mueller, president of Fumigation Service and Supply, has shown leadership, dedication and achievement in developing and commercializing methyl bromide alternatives. His activities led to the phase-out of methyl bromide in many mills, food processing structures and stored product fumigations in North America. Under John Mueller's leadership, Fumigation Service and Supply performed the first U.S. commercial fumigations with sulfuryl fluoride and the combination of phosphine, carbon dioxide and heat. They continue to implement a full range of alternatives using integrated pest management (IPM). Their innovative fumigation techniques and IPM allow their customers to fumigate less often and avoid using methyl bromide altogether. John Mueller shares his valuable expertise by training fumigators and pest control operators in North America and in other regions of the world.
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