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OzonAction Webinar

FAKE REFRIGERANTS: “Should we worry?”

In 2011, Maersk Line informed the World Shipping Council’s Safe Transport of Containers Working Group three cases of explosion of unknown cause in Asia and South America. Preliminary analysis appeared to confirm that these explosions were linked to contaminated gas in the cooling units. Further evidences seem to indicate that some contamination of refrigerant with methyl chloride (also known as R40), in cylinders marked as R134a, is to be blamed. In some cases, this “contamination” may be intentional and the result of someone selling counterfeit or fake refrigerant gas.

UNEP OzonAction CAP has been following cases globally of similar explosions since, and has disseminated “Issue Paper: Refrigerated Container (Reefer) Explosion” among National Ozone Units and National Customs Administration (through the World Customs Organization). The problem of contaminated refrigerants as appears to be a global issue of concern and a wider range of stakeholders are possibly at risk.

This webinar aims to inform its audience on the latest findings on this emerging problem, and measures that are being taken/ proposed to protect our stakeholders – refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, customs agents and equipment owners – from potentially fatal risks of such contaminated refrigerants.

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2012
Time: 17:30 - 18:30 Bangkok time

Presenters

  • Introduction By: Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida

Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, Policy and Enforcement Officer, UNEP OzonAction CAP/ROAP. For the last eight years, Ms. Kakuko worked as Programme Officer in the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), regional arm for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Based first in Mexico City, Mexico, and then in Panama City, Panama, since 2007, she assisted countries with integrated environmental assessment and monitoring, promoting open and scientific assessment and monitoring processes that would generate policy-relevant information. Prior to her UNEP assignment, she spent two years in UK as Conservation & Development Officer for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-UK), developing and implementing conservation and sustainable development projects in Asia. From 1995-1997, she was in charge of the coast regional office of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Association (WCK), a national NGO for environmental education. Kakuko has co-authored several books and articles on environmental assessment methodologies, environment and health assessment, and youth-led environmental assessment. She holds BSc in Zoology/ Wildlife Conservation from the Fort Valley State College (USA), and MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Stirling (UK).

  • Fake Refrigerants should we worry?

By Mark Bennett, Senior Vice President, Triton Container UK Ltd. Mark Bennett was appointed Senior Vice President in 1999 and is currently responsible for overseeing the company’s procurement and product management. Mr. Bennett joined Triton in 1986 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has been acting as the Container Owner’s Association moderator for the Contaminated / Fake Refrigerant issue since 2011. He was Vice President for Europe, India, Africa and South America at Triton from 1996 to 2002 at Triton. Prior to that, Mr. Bennett was Vice President, Refrigerated Containers, responsible for Triton’s refrigerated container fleet. Prior to joining Triton in 1986, Mr. Bennett had spent 5 years with Sea Containers where he held a variety of positions. Mr. Bennett holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology.

  • Counterfeit Refrigerant – Australian Experience

By Michael Bennett, General Manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA), the internationally awarded product stewardship programme. Since commencing, the RRA programme has grown from 50 tonnes per year in the early days to more than 500 tonnes each year now. In addition to his long-term efforts for RRA, Michael has also contributed to national and international initiatives particularly in the field of extended producer responsibility and product stewardship. Michael assisted the OECD with their publication – Extended Producer Responsibility – A guideline for Governments, and was a lead author of the IPCC and TEAP Special Report – Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System. In addition he coauthored the initial study and development guidelines for the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning licensing initiative.

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