Overcoming Barriers to Promote Ozone-friendly Technologies Fri, Apr 13, 2012
Beijing, 12 April 2012 - Key industry experts and senior government officers from China, Japan, the United States together with refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) professionals and trade buyers from all over the world gathered today for the "Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable" at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing to discuss chemical and technology options to replace the ozone-depleting Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) to be phased out starting 1 January 2013.
The event is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Programme and the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) as part of the 23rd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage (CRH 2012) in Beijing from 11 to 13 April 2012.
As developing countries embark on HCFC phase-out under the Montreal Protocol and aim to achieve their first freeze target by 1 January 2013 and 10 per cent reduction by 1 January 2015, there are opportunities for the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry to introduce ozone- and climate-friendly, energy-efficient technologies.
The Asia Pacific region is the largest producer and consumer of HCFCs and accounts for 85 per cent and 74 per cent of these chemicals' global production and consumption respectively in 2010. Among the countries in Asia, China is the largest producer, consumer and supplier of these ozone-depleting chemicals, and the country's compliance to the Montreal Protocol targets in inevitably will determine the success or failure of the multilateral environmental agreement. In addition, China manufactures most of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment and is the fastest growing market in the world.
In July 2011, the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol approved a US$265 million grant for the implementation of the first stage of China's HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) which aims to eliminate 3,320 tonnes of HCFC consumption by 2015 or 17 per cent of the country's total HCFC use. UNEP through the Compliance Assistance Programme of its OzonAction Branch is assisting China in its Refrigeration Servicing Sector and Enabling Activities to meet the 2013 and 2015 targets.
CRH is one of the three most influential annual exhibitions in the world, and the largest of its kind in the Asia and the Pacific region. More than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries participate and about 45,000 professionals and trade buyers from more than 100 countries visit this exhibition.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP, Tel: +662 288 2127/02 288 2314; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: email@example.com.
Mr. Shaofeng Hu, Regional Network Coordinator, Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), OzonAction Branch, UNEP- Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Tel No: +66 2 288 1126, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Wang Ruonan, Assistant of Technical Department, China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association, Tel No: + 86-10-83510099 ext.683, Email: email@example.com.
Notes to Editors
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date..."
The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.
China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA), founded in 1989, is a national non-profit industrial organization mainly representing refrigeration and air-conditioning manufacturers, research, and design institutes and academies as well, with the principal of voluntarily participation. CRAA is a major voice for the whole industry and works for members' mutual interests and benefits in China. CRAA serves as a manufacturers' liaison with the government and has been devoting itself to provide members and whole industry with multifaceted and valuable services.
Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow showcases the leading role of industry pioneers that have developed or adopted climate - and ozone-friendly R/AC technology, and to engage industry decision makers in a discussion on the availability, affordability and need for zero-ODP, lower-GWP and better Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP). The products/technology to be exhibited in the Roadshow include those relating to zero-ODP, zero- and lower-GWP alternatives, but with improved energy efficiency of final products as compared to HCFC-based technology.
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