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The Europe & Central Asia Montreal Protocol Network (ECA network) of UN Environment Economy Division’s OzonAction Programme in cooperation with the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia is organizing the ECA meeting of Montreal Protocol and RAC experts in Valencia, Spain, 18-21 June 2018.

The meeting is a part of the agreed work programme of the ECA network under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol which is supporting developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol provisions. It will be attended by Montreal Protocol experts and representatives of national RAC associations from ECA network countries and countries with economies in transition (CEIT countries). The latter are supported by the Global Environment Facility with UNDP and UNIDO as the implementing agencies.

The meeting will overlap with the 13th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants taking place in Valencia, Spain, 18-20 June 2018. This will allow the representatives of the national RAC associations to participate in selected sessions of the conference and learn about latest technology developments in industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning, safety and risk analysis, as well as policies, regulations and standards related to natural refrigerants. The conference is organized by the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Similar approaches to arrange ECA meetings in parallel to international conferences such as the 47th International KGH Congress and Exhibition on Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning in Belgrade, Serbia, in November 2016 or the 7th IIR Conference on Ammonia and Carbon Dioxide Technologies in Ohrid, Macedonia FYR, in May 2017, proved to be successful and cost-efficient and exposed the RAC experts to latest technology developments.

The meeting takes place in the context of the Kigali Amendment, which has been agreed by the parties to the Montreal Protocol in 2016. It aims to phase-down high global warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and transforms the Montreal Protocol into a powerful treaty for climate protection. It is expected to significantly contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement i.e. limiting global warming to 2 degrees by 2100.

It will enter into force in January 2019 and introduce control measures for HFC production and consumption (baseline, freeze and gradual reduction steps), extend the licensing system requirements and reporting obligations to HFCs and ensure financial support for developing countries to phase-down high global warming HCFs.

The first control measures for developing countries is the freeze in production and consumption of HFCs at the baseline level in 2024 for group 1 and in 2028 for group 2 countries. Group 1 countries will achieve a 10% reduction in 2029 and a final reduction of 80% below the baseline in 2045. Group 2 countries will achieve a 10% reduction in 2032 and a final reduction of 85% in 2047.

Over 20 parties to the Montreal Protocol have already ratified the Kigali amendment and others are currently preparing for the ratification. The countries will subsequently focus on setting up institutional and legal framework to prepare for the HFC phase-down under the Kigali Amendment. This will include establishment of licensing and quota system for HFCs, enhancing training on the containment of HFCs and the safe use of HFC alternatives including natural refrigerants, adopting safety and performance standards, introducing certification schemes for technicians and log-books for RAC equipment. It will also require closer cooperation with national climate focal points and energy efficiency experts.

Objectives

The priorities of the ECA network will continue to evolve according to the needs of network countries. Main objectives of the meeting include:

–        Assisting network countries in setting up institutional and legal frameworks to prepare for the HFC phase-down under the Kigali Amendment

–        Enabling network countries to efficiently implement their national HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs) and to meet the phase-out targets of the Montreal Protocol and those agreed with the Executive Committee

–        Up-dating participants on latest technology developments, safety and risk analysis, policies, regulations and standards related to RAC systems using natural refrigerants

–        Providing opportunities for networking and establishing contacts with international RAC experts and organisations, manufacturers and service providers.

–        Briefing on recent decisions of the Meeting of the Parties and the Executive Committee

–        Monitoring of the Montreal Protocol implementation in terms of compliance, consumption trends, data reporting, operation of import/export licensing and quota system

–        Discussing the needs and priorities of the ECA network & associated CEIT countries and collecting proposals for the ECA work programme 2018-2019.

Participants

Participants will be the Montreal Protocol experts and representatives of the national RAC associations from the 11 ECA network countries (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Turkmenistan) as well as the 7 self-funded CEIT countries (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). In addition, representatives of the Ozone Secretariat, Multilateral Fund Secretariat, implementing agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, World Bank), bilateral partners (Croatia, Czech Republic, European Union, Germany, Poland, Romania), regional and international partner organizations (IIR, AREA, ASHRAE, Centro Studi Galileo etc.), private sector companies, academia as well as technical and policy experts (TEAP, TOC) will be invited.

 Venue

The meeting will take place in Valencia, Spain. The venue will be informed to confirmed participants in due time.

Meeting language

Meeting languages are English and Russian. Simultaneous interpretation English–Russian–English will be provided during official sessions.

Logistics

A logistical note describing meeting arrangements, visa requirements, airport transfer, meeting venue and country characteristics will be prepared in due time and shared with confirmed participants.

Contacts

UN Environment, Economy Division, OzonAction

Mr. Halvart Koeppen, Programme Officer

Tel: +33-144371432

Email: halvart.koppen@unenvironment.org

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