Ministerial Consultation on HCFC policies & legislation in Belgrade, Serbia, 23-24 March 2009 (followed by a 2-day contact group meeting on the same subject with Ozone Officers, 24-26 March 2009)

Recommendations

090323 SER HCFC recommendations.pdf

Meeting documents

090323 SER HCFC agenda.doc

090323 SER HCFC participants.doc

090323 SER HCFC concept note.doc

090323 SER HCFC logistics.doc

Fact sheets on HCFC policy measures

Fact sheets on HCFC policy measures.pdf

Presentations

090323 SER HCFC implementation schedule for HCFC policy measures.pdf

090323 01 Opportunities for Ozone layer and Climate protection Blaise Horisberger.pdf

090323 02 MP Decisions on HCFC phase-out Sophia Mylona.pdf

090323 03 Overview, approach and schedule of HPMP preparation George Anestis.pdf

090323 04 HPMP design (for Belgrade meeting) Vic Buxton.pdf

090323 05 Mandatory & voluntary HCFC policy options Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

090323 06 Existing & up-coming regulations on HCFCs & HFCs Cornelius Rhein.pdf

090323 07 Hungary experience in policy setting for HCFCs and HFCs Robert Toth.pdf

090323 08 Macedonia FYR HCFC policies Marin Kocov.pdf

090323 09 Croatia HCFC policies Snjezana Ilicic.pdf

090323 10 Turkey HCFC policies Evren Turkmenoglu.pdf

090323 11 Ozone- and climate-friendly technology options Daniel Colbourne.pdf

090323 12 HCFC phaseout in the foam sector UNIDO.pdf

090323 13 HCFC customs codes Halvart Koeppen.pdf

090323 13 WCO proposed HS codes Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

090323 14 UNEP OzonAction HCFC Help Centre.pdf

090323 15 Initiating regional cooperation on ODS trade in ECA network countries Halvart Koeppen.PDF

090323 16 Discrepancies between reported exports & imports Halvart Koeppen.pdf

090323 16 Import-Export data discrepancies Sophia Mylona.pdf

Background


Adjustment to the Montreal Protocol on HCFC control measures

The 19th Meeting of the Parties in 2007 agreed the historical adjustment to the Montreal Protocol (Decision XIX/6) accelerating the phase-out schedule for HCFC consumption and production as follows:

(a) Freeze in 2013 at the baseline level of 2009-2010
(b) 10% reduction by 2015
(c) 35% reduction by 2020
(d) 67.5% reduction by 2025
(e) While allowing for servicing an annual average of 2.5% during the period 2030?040

Climate benefits from Montreal Protocol implementation

This presents an opportunity to not only protect the ozone layer, but also to have a significant climate protection impact, since HCFCs are also powerful greenhouse gases. For example, the most commonly-used of these substances, HCFC-22, has a GWP of nearly 1800 times that of CO2.

If zero or low-GWP substitute technologies are adopted by countries to replace HCFCs, the new controls could deliver cumulative emission reductions of around 12 to 16 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2-eq) over the coming decades. There is also an opportunity to gain significant additional climate benefits from improved energy efficiency. Well-targeted national policies and legislation are the key to promoting these dual ozone and climate protection benefits in Article 5 countries.

Reference to MOP and ExCom decisions

Paragraph 9 of the same decision also encourages Parties to promote the selection of alternatives to HCFCs that minimize environmental impacts, in particular impacts on climate, as well as meeting other health, safety and economic considerations

Paragraph 11 requests the Executive Committee to give priority to cost-effective projects and programmes which focus on, inter alia:

(a) Phasing-out first those HCFCs with higher ozone-depleting potential, taking into account national circumstances;
(b) Substitutes and alternatives that minimize other impacts on the environment, including on the climate, taking into account global-warming potential, energy use and other relevant factors;
(c) Small and medium-size enterprises

The 54the Meeting of the Executive Committee in 2008 agreed on the “HPMP Guidelines?(Decision 54/39) and paragraph (e) reads as follows:

(e) Consideration should be given to providing funding for assistance to include HCFC control measures in legislation, regulations and licensing systems as part of the funding of HPMP preparation as necessary and confirmation of the implementation of the same should be required as a prerequisite for funding implementation of the HPMP.

Ministerial Consultation on HCFC Policies & Legislation (followed by 2-day contact group meeting for Ozone Officers)

The Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) of UNEP DTIE’s OzonAction Programme jointly with UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia organised the Ministerial Consultation on HCFC Policies & Legislation in Belgrade, Serbia, 23-24 March 2009. The consultation was followed by a 2-day contact group meeting of Ozone Officers on the same subject.

UNEP’s CAP Advisory Group Meeting in Paris, 4-5.9.2008 recommended high-level awareness raising activities on HCFCs to facilitate the adoption of relevant policies & legislation in order to support the implementation of HCFC phase-out management plans. The participants of the ECA planning meeting in Doha, 18.11.08 endorsed the proposed activity and agreed on the venue and date.

Objectives

The meeting objectives included:

- Informing decision makers on policy options and legislation supporting HCFC phase-out including examples from the European Union and selected bilateral partners
- Sharing of fact sheets on policy options (import and use restrictions, ban of new products and installations, ban of non-refillable containers, labeling, training, certification etc. as well as on potential benefits of regionally harmonized policies, legislation and implementation schedules to avoid trade distortions and illegal trade in HCFCs
- Providing an overview on non-HCFC technology options that minimize environmental impacts, in particular impacts on climate
- Facilitating the exchange of views and consultation between high-level decision makers

Participants

Participants included the Environment Ministers representatives accompanied by their National Ozone Officers of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Resource persons from bilateral partners ( European Commission and Hungary), implementing agencies (UNIDO, UNEP) as well as technical and policy experts were invited including the Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe and the Network and Policy Manager of UNEP OzonAction.

The 2-day contact group meeting was attended by National Ozone Officers (including Georgia), bilateral partners, implementing agencies as well as invited experts.

Venue

Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia hosted and supported the meeting organisation.

The meeting venue was:

Continental Hotel Beograd
Vladimira Popovica 10
11000 Beograd, Serbia
Tel: (381 11) 2204 801
Fax: (381 11) 311 12 08
E-mail: ljiljana.reljic@continentalhotelbeograd.com
E-mail: reservation@continentalhotelbeograd.com