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Cool Habits: Regional experts' deliberation on good refrigeration practices opens today

Bangkok, 12 March 2012 – Refrigeration experts from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok City, Thailand, to kick off a four-day workshop on Harmonization of Training Material and Methodologies for Good Practices in the Refrigeration Servicing Sector organized by the Compliance Assistance Programme of the OzonAction Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP).

The workshop aims to harmonize the training materials for imparting training for the refrigeration sector in light of the new challenges brought about by the forthcoming gradual phase-out of HCFCs under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Additionally, an outcome expected from the workshop is the creation of a pool of Master Trainers at regional level who can further train technicians in their own countries, and possibly in other countries, as well.

“HCFC phase-out presents new challenges in the refrigeration sector such as minimizing the impact to the environment under Decision XIX/6 of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, and issues related to the safety of alternatives and alternative technologies to HCFCs,” said Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Coordinator of UNEP ROAP.

The training slides being developed are based on UNEP’s Training Manual for Service Technicians, GIZ’s Good servicing practices in refrigeration and other training materials being developed by UNEP. The workshop will deliberate on the contents of the training module and prepare model training templates for expert trainers which could be used, with necessary changes, to deliver similar training at country level. The invited expert participants can be utilized further by their respective National Ozone Units (NOUs) in delivering “Train the Trainer” workshops or technicians’ training workshops under their approved HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs).

Workshop participants came from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

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. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +6622881662 ; Fax: +6622883041 ; Email: atul.bagai@unep.org

OzonAction Programme: www.unep.org/ozonaction
Multilateral Fund: www.multilateralfund.org
Ozone Secretariat: www.ozone.unep.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.