Emerald ex-editor honoured by UN and USA

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 28 December 2007



(2007), "Emerald ex-editor honoured by UN and USA", Microelectronics International, Vol. 25 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/mi.2007.21825aab.007



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Emerald ex-editor honoured by UN and USA

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On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer (16 September 1987), the parties to the protocol reunited for their 19th annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 15 to 20 September 2007. Although the ozone layer will not heal for several decades, this has been the most successful international environmental agreement, with most of the 191 member-nations on track to achieve their goals.

The meeting terminated with a reception hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, during which awards were presented to organisations and individuals who had made an outstanding contribution to the reduction of the release of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances. An innovators award was presented to Brian Ellis. This award recognises “the extraordinary contribution of entities whose daring and hard work facilitated the widespread implementation of alternatives or alternative technologies that enabled the phase-out of ozone depleting substances to take place.”

At an earlier meeting, hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Brian Ellis was also presented with a “Best-of-Best” award. This is given to previous recipients of an EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award who have achieved a very high level of commitment to saving the ozone layer. The official citation on the plaque states “For Leadership in the Phase-out of Ozone-depleting Solvents.”

Brian Ellis is a pioneer of aqueous cleaning in the electronics industry in Europe with the first conversion from CFC to water in 1964-1965 and hundreds thereafter. He also developed computerised contamination control instrumentation to determine the effectiveness of cleaning methods and for process control, as well as hi-tech aqueous cleaners/dryers. He was the solvents consultant to the Swiss Federal Office of the Environment, Forests and Landscape (BUWAL) from 1988 to 2004. He was a member of the UNEP Solvents Technical Options Committee (STOC), 1989-2004, where he was the electronics chapter lead author and the 2002 assessment report editor. He has been a corresponding member of the Chemicals Technical Options Committee since 2004, when the STOC was merged with other committees. Mr Ellis was also the Co- Chair and lead Author on the Technical and Economics Assessment Panel n- Propyl Bromide Task Force and a Senior Solvents Consultant to the UNEP Multilateral Fund Secretariat, 2000-2002, evaluating completed projects in developing countries. He has also written several books on this and related subjects and is internationally recognised for his expertise. He has submitted a number of technical papers and articles to Circuit World, Soldering & Surface Mount Technology and Microelectronics International, as well as serving as internet Editor to all three journals for several years.

He has been living in Mosfiloti, Cyprus, with his wife, Margaret, since 1998.

For more information, please contact: Brian Ellis, Andreas Miaoulis 8, 7647 Mosfiloti, Tel: +357 22 532 761, E-mail: bnetei@bnellis.com; web site: www.cypenv.org

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