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Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow Opens in Beijing

Dr. Young Woo Park, Regional Director and Representative of the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the exhibition and delivered a speech during the CRH 2012 ForumBeijing, 11 April 2012 – Thousands of people of different nationalities flooded the doors of the CRH 2012 for the 23rd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage (CRH 2012) at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China, which opened today and will run until 13 April 2012.

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 each year.

As part of the CRH 2012, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Programme in cooperation with the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA), have also organized the “Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow” to showcase available ozone and climate-friendly technologies to refrigeration and air-conditioning (R/AC) industry, given the obligation in all developing countries, including China, to begin the reduction of production and consumption of ozone damaging HCFCs used as cooling chemicals in this sector.

All the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer had committed to reduce and eventually eliminate production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) like HCFCs following an agreed schedule. Starting 1 January 2013 developing countries agreed to freeze their baseline consumption  and reduce it by 10% by 1 January 2015. During the transition from HCFCs to alternative chemicals, the industry has options to select zero ozone-depleting potential (ODP), zero or low global warming potential (GWP) energy-efficient technologies.

The Roadshow also aims to highlight the leading role of industry pioneers of the world that have developed or adopted climate – and ozone-friendly R/AC technology.





VISIT: www.unep.org/ozonaction/technology-roadshow

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.

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: anne.fenner@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. Zhaohui Zhang, Secretary General, China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association,  Tel No: + 86-10-83510099 ext.683, Email: zzh@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.

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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