World Ozone Day – September 16

September 16 is internationally known as World Ozone Day. The ozone layer protects life on Earth by absorbing ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun.  

UV radiation causes many problems from skin cancer and cataracts in people, to damaged farm crops. The ozone layer is like sunscreen for the Earth – it reduces sunburn.

The Australian Government’s refrigeration and air conditioning permit scheme helps protect the ozone layer and the climate system by reducing emissions of CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs to the atmosphere. Efforts by refrigeration and air conditioning technicians to minimise refrigerant leaks, and

the recovery and return of waste refrigerant for safe disposal, have contributed to the reduction of emissions of these substances to the atmosphere and the start of the recovery of the ozone layer.