Shanghai 2013 - 3rd Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable
8 -10 April 2013, Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)
The Asia Pacific region is the largest producer and consumer of HCFCs and accounts for 85% and 74% of these chemicals’ global production and consumption respectively in 2010. In addition, the region manufactures most of the Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC&R) equipment and is the fastest growing market in the world. “To minimize environmental impacts, in particular impacts on climate” while phasing out HCFC as per the accelerated phase-out schedule approved by the Meeting of the Parties (Decision XIX/6) will be a challenge for industries and policy makers of the region. Even though there are many available alternatives to HCFCs in the market, most are only short- to medium-term solutions given a growing international pressure to move away from refrigerants with high-GWP.
As Article 5 Parties embark on HCFC phase-out and aim to achieve their first freeze target by 2013 and 10% reduction in 2015, there are excellent opportunities for the refrigeration and air conditioning (R/AC) industry to introduce zero-ODP, energy-efficient, zero- or lower-GWP greener technologies to achieve more socio-economic and environmental benefits and fulfill the sprit of the MOP Decision XIX/6.
As per the RTOC (UNEP Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee), more than 100 refrigerants, including blends, are marketed at present, though approximately 20 consitute the overwhelming majority on a global basis and even that quantity is expected to fall as users converge on preferred options over time. Refrigerant manufacturers are in process of developing new candidates while equipment manufacturers are testing, selecting, and qualifying new refrigerants as well as associated lubricants and other materials.
The technological options for air conditioning and refrigeration are expected to evolve over the next several years as designers continue to replace HCFC-22 with non-ODS alternatives and focus on developing lower GWP alternatives for R-410A and R-407C. There are several low and medium GWP alternatives being considered as replacements for HCFC-22. These include lower GWP HFC refrigerants (HFC-32, HFC-152a, HFC-161, HFC-1234yf and other unsaturated fluorochemicals, as well as blends of them), HC-290 and R-744. HC-290 and some of the HFC refrigerants are flammable and will need to be applied in accordance with an appropriate safety standard such as IEC-60335-2-40, which establishes maximum charge levels and ventilation requirements .
To help outreach such technologies, UNEP OzonAction has successfully organized its first physical Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable in Maldives from 8 to 12 May 2011, back-to-back with the Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers from South Asia and West Asia. At the same time, UNEP also launched its virtual exhibition to complement the physical exhibition in Maldives and at the Regional Technology Roundtable on Ozone-and Climate-friendly Technologies for RAC experts and Ozone Officers from European & Central Asian countries in Serbia during 10-13 May 2011. During 11-13 April 2012, UNEP with Chinese partners organized Ozone2Climate Roadshow and Roundtable in Beijing; During 21-22 July 2012, UNEP with US Government and other partners organized Advancing Ozone & Climate Protection Technologies: Next Steps in Bangkok.
As a follow up to the well-received Beijing Roadshow and Roundtable, and to further bring latest greener technology information to the industry participating in the CRH event, UNEP and CRAA have agreed to still jointly organize the 2013 Ozone2Climate Roadshow as part of CRH 2013. Within this period, UNEP and CRAA will also organize one industry roundtable to discuss practical issues surrounding R/AC technology selection that will benefit both the ozone layer and climate.
UNEP and CRAA welcome influential and relevant international organizations, regional and national organizations to be partners of these two events as joint organizers and/or supporting organizers.