Manila, 9 November 2013 – The 4th Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable concluded today to promote ozone and climate-friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) and foam industries to replace HCFCs which are chemicals being phased out under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
“Alternatives selection is one of the most challenging undertakings in phasing out ODS. Countries are presented with a plethora of different alternatives for a variety of HCFC uses, but finding alternatives that are truly appropriate and suitable to our climate and socio-economic conditions remains a difficulty,” said Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, Undersecretary, DENR.
UNEP has partnered with the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers, Inc. (PSVARE) to organize the event on the margins of the International Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigerating, Pumps, Valves, & Pipes, Filtration and Purification Technology Exhibition & Conference or HVACR Expo Philippines being held from November 6 to 9, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. This Roadshow and Roundtable is supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
HCFCs or hydrochlorofluorocarbons are man-made chemicals used as a cooling agent for commercial/industrial and domestic RAC, as blowing agent for foam, as fire extinguishing agent and solvent. HCFCs are ozone-depleting substances that also have high global warming potential (GWP). Under the Montreal Protocol, developing countries such as the Philippines must reduce HCFC consumption by 10% by January 1, 2015 and gradually reduce imports until 100% phase-out by January 1, 2040.
“Indeed, there are many available alternatives to HCFCs in the market for many applications. However, for some applications, many alternatives are only short- to medium-term solutions such as refrigerants with high GWP,” said Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Head of UNEP OzonAction. “As an implementing agency, UNEP is committed to assist and work together with governments in the region to find solutions to this challenge. We are very honoured to collaborate with the DENR and PSVARE in engaging industry decision makers in Asia to discuss the availability, affordability and need for environmentally-friendly alternatives as developing countries transition from HCFCs,” she added.
The Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow is an exhibition organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners to promote ozone-friendly, low-GWP and energy efficient alternatives to HCFCs. Previous roadshows have been held since 2011 in Male, Maldives and Beijing and Shanghai, China.
According to a 2011 UNEP report, global consumption of HFCs has doubled in the last ten years, and is growing at 10 per cent a year. By 2050, it is projected that HFCs could account for up to 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the current emissions from the global transport sector.
HFCs are included in the list of short lived climate pollutants being addressed under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), of which UNEP is one of the founding partners.
Early this year, the Philippine government has frozen the import of HCFCs at the 2010 base level of 162 ozon-depleting potential tons. The level would then be reduced by 10 percent in 2015; 35 percent in 2020;
67 percent in 2025; 97.5 percent in 2030; and altogether banned in 2040. This timeline follows the Montreal Protocol obligations of all developing countries for HCFCs.
Currently, the Philippine, like most developing countries, has stated implementation of the HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) to achieve these phase-out targets. HPMPs are funded by the Multilateral Fund Secretariat for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
The Roundtable was also participated by international organizations, government and industry stakeholders from Australia, Austria, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam. National Ozone Officers from Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam also participated.
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