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Cool Choices: Ozone2Climate technologies to be showcased at Asia’s largest refrigeration trade fair


Bangkok, 4 April 2012 – The OzonAction Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP - ROAP) in collaboration with the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) are organizing the “2012 Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable” from 11 to 13 April 2012 back-to-back with the 23rd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage (CRH 2012) in Beijing, 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 and 45,000 professional visitors and trade buyers from more than 100 countries/regions are expected to join the CRH2012.

The Ozone2Climate Roadshow is a travelling roadshow organized by UNEP OzonAction and its partners that began in Male, Maldives in May 2011. It showcases the leading role of industry pioneers that have developed or adopted climate- and ozone-friendly refrigeration and air-conditioning (R/AC) technology, and engages industry decision makers in a discussion on the availability, affordability and need for zero-ODP, zero- or low-GWP alternatives while considering the whole life cycle assessment of the climate impact of the final technology.

The Asia-Pacific region is the largest producer and consumer of HCFCs, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) that are commonly used as cooling agent in the R/AC sector. Asia accounts for 85% of HCFC production and 74% of HCFC consumption in 2010, with China being the number one producer, consumer and supplier in the world. In addition, the Asia-Pacific also manufactures most of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment and is the fastest growing market in the world.

Under the Montreal Protocol, countries must begin to phase-out HCFCs from 2013. Companies replacing HCFC are given an opportunity to leapfrog and select alternatives that are both ozone and climate-friendly which will also significantly benefit them from the energy efficiency savings from the new technology. The products/technology to be exhibited in the Roadshow include those relating to zero-ODP, zero- and low-GWP alternatives, with improved energy efficiency of final products as compared to HCFC-based technology.

The Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable organized alongside the Roadshow focuses on promoting investment, research and development in zero-ODP, lower-GWP and higher energy efficient technologies for the R/AC sector. The Roundtable will focus on the linkage between the phase-out of HCFCs and encouraging higher energy efficiency of R/AC equipment. Speakers include key industry experts and senior government officers from China, Japan and the United States, etc.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP, Tel: +662 288 2127/02 288 2314; E-mail: satwant.kaur@unep.org.

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: shaofeng.hu@unep.org.

Ms. Wang Ruonan, Assistant of Technical Department, China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association,  Tel No: + 86-10-83510099 ext.683, Email: wrn@chinacraa.org.

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