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ECA - Establshment of certification of refrigeration technicians and companies

Tbilisi, 13 June 2012  -  The Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics (DTIE) organized the Thematic meeting on HPMPs, certification of technicians and companies and identification of blends in Tbilisi, Georgia from 12 - 14 June of 2012. The meeting was opened by Honorable George Khachidze, the Minister of Environment Protection of Georgia. He warmly welcomed participants and highlighted the importance of the establishment of national certification systems and the use of the best practices from the EU countries. The main objectives of the meeting and opening remarks were also presented by Mikheil Tushishvili, Programme Officer, OzonAction Programme, UNEP DTIE.

The main objective of the regional meeting was to present the umbrella regulation applicable in the EU regarding certification of refrigeration technicians and logbooks/inventories/leakage verification as well as the discussion of the F-Gas regulation and potential impact from its implementation. Furthermore, the meeting served as a platform to present training needs and assessment methods for the certification systems and to further discuss opportunities for adopting similar systems in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) countries.

The participants included National Ozone Officers and experts from RAC sector of the ECA countries (Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan). The representative of Azerbaijan (Countries with Economies in Transition) also participated in the work of the seminar. Representatives of implementing agencies (UNDP and UNEP) and resource persons (from Hungary and Czech Republic) also participated in the meeting and delivered a number of presentations.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: anne.fenner@unep.org
Mr. Mikheil Tushishvili, Programme Officer, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +331 44 37 1471; Email: mikheil.tushishvili@unep.org

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