OzonAction

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

Partnerships

Since becoming an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund in 1991, UNEP has built partnerships with key international and regional industry associations, professional societies, international organisations, government agencies and NGOs to further the objectives of the Montreal Protocol. In recent years, UNEP has sought new partners to help support activities that have the potential to influence national HCFC policy and practice for effective ODS phase out, including a focus on the refrigeration servicing sector and climate co-benefits resulting from the choice of alternative technologies (Meeting of the Parties’ Decision XIX/6). Today, these partnerships already constitute considerable in kind support and in some cases co-financing from non-Multilateral Fund sources.

The following are OzonAction’s current or planned partnerships in 2016-2018 for achieving ozone protection and climate benefits. This is a non-exhaustive list and subject to change.

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Type of organisation: Industry association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promote the global industry approach to qualify refrigeration technicians AND cooperation in addressing technical needs for promoting low-GWP alternatives
Details: Newly agreed cooperation framework to jointly launch global refrigeration qualification program amongst refrigeration and air conditioning industry associations and to jointly develop project to address the technical needs related to promoting low-GWP refrigerants. UNEP and AHRI launched the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) initiative, which aims at introducing a globally recognized qualification program for the sound management of refrigerants that sets the minimum qualification requirements for the HVAC&R supply chain network.

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA)

Type of organisation: Professional association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and freezing technology; e-training
Details: Sharing experience on strengthening refrigeration and air conditioning associations, training, certification, technology transfer and innovation with the network countries

ASHRAE

Type of organisation: Professional association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology; shipping and fishery sector; e-training
Details: The ASHRAE-UNEP-CAP cooperation agreement signed in 2007 was developed to achieve several international goals, including the sustainable phase-out of ODS in refrigeration and air-conditioning applications; maximizing the climate benefits of using low-GWP alternatives including aspects of energy saving in buildings; as well as facilitating the transfer and adoption of sustainable and feasible technologies to developing countries. The ASHRAE-UNEP CAP 2015-2016 work plan includes: Building bridges between industry and policy-makers in developing countries, exploring opportunities to promote responsible management of refrigerants; Promoting expertise and technological information exchange amongst governments and specialists, maximizing the joint benefit of the ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) program and supporting the establishment and/or strengthening of local refrigeration and/or HVAC societies in developing countries.

Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Type of organisation: Government agency
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Fiji
Activities: Development of HFC inventory
Details: National HFC Inventory and Identification of Opportunities for Introduction of Viable Low- GWP Alternatives in Fiji

Bilateral partners of the Regional Networks of Ozone Officers

Type of organisation: Montreal Protocol focal points
Area of cooperation: Various
Geographical scope: National
Activities: Montreal Protocol implementation
Details: Sharing experience of non-Article 5 countries (and former accession countries to the EU) on legislation, policy setting, enforcement, training, certification etc. with the network countries.

China Foreign Economic Cooperation Office/Ministry of Environmental Protection (FECO/MEP)

Type of organisation: Government agency
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology.
Details: Project “Strengthen the capacity of the Asia Pacific countries for the adoption of the environmental friendly alternatives through South-South Cooperation for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.”

China Household Electrical Appliance Association (CHEA)

Type of organisation: Industry association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: As part of the efforts to promote the R-290 based room air conditioner in China, CHEAA along with support from MEP/FECO, UNEP, UNIDO and GIZ developed a low GWP-low carbon label for air conditioners as per the national standards.

China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association (CRAA)

Type of organisation: Industry association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology;
Details: China MEP/FECO, CRAA and UNEP co-organized a side event on low-GWP alternatives at the Ozone2Climate Roadshow and roundtable in Korea, 2015. Fifty companies joined the Roadshow, representing compressor/equipment/spare parts, refrigerants suppliers, NGOs and international organizations.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) HFC Initiative

Type of organisation: International partnership (government, international organisation, private sector, professional associations, NGO)
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: development of HFC inventories; information exchange on policy and technical issues; capacity-building activities to disseminate information on emerging technologies and practices to transition away from high-GWP HFCs and minimize HFC leakages.
Details: HFC and low GWP inventory for low volume consuming countries: Bahamas, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia; Commercial Refrigeration Case Studies; Advancing Ozone and Climate Protection Technologies: Food Cold Chain Conference (21 November 2015, Montreal).

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Regional
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Implementation of ODS legislation and capacity building activities for enforcement officers

Customs agencies

Type of organisation: Government agency
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: National
Activities: Promoting the enforcement of trade provisions for ODS under the Montreal Protocol; Customs training
Details: Contact point for Montreal Protocol-related training of customs officers; dissemination of enforcement-related information; reporting of seizures of ODS, mixtures and equipment; participation in enforcement-related events; training related to HPMP implementation through customs training institutes (e.g. India NACEN, Sri Lanka Customs)

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Type of organisation: NGO
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector; illegal ODS trade
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting ozone- and climate-friendly technologies in supermarkets, preventing illegal trade in ODS
Details: Outreaching information on evolving technologies in supermarkets, production/translation of videos on enforcement and prevention of illegal trade, mutual participation in relevant events.

Eurammon

Type of organisation: Private sector
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting access to technology information
Details: Sharing case studies on ozone- and climate-friendly technologies through presentations, videos and website, implementing of new technologies in developing countries, participation in selected network activities

European Commission DG CLIMA and DG DEVCO

Type of organisation: Regional economic integration organization
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector; ODS disposal and destruction
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific; Africa
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology.
Details: Project “Maximising the climate benefits of the HCFC phase out.” Project “Environmentally sound collection, management and destruction of ODS banks in developing countries.”

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Food cold chain

Green Customs Initiative

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: The partners are the secretariats of the relevant multilateral environmental agreements (Basel, Cartagena, CITES, Montreal, Rotterdam Stockholm), Interpol, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), UNEP, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO). The partnership is coordinated by UNEP DELC.

International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology.
Details: Sharing of technical information and expertise. Training and capacity building. Mutual participation in each other's events. Organisation of joint events. Co organize thematic workshop on alternative technologies for cold chain adapted to Africa.

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Certification

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Shipping and fishery sector

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: PIC
Activities: Shipping and fishery sector

Refrigerants, Naturally! Partnership

Type of organisation: International partnership (private sector, international organisation, NGO)
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and freezing technology in point-of-sale applications.
Details: Partnership includes The Coca Cola Company, Pepsico, Redbull, SAB Miller, and Unilever. UNEP and Greenpeace are supporters. Recognised by UNCSD as a Partnership for Sustainable Development. As of September 2015, Refrigerants, Naturally member companies have collectively placed more than 4.5 million HFC-free refrigeration units around the world and avoided the annual emissions of more than 27 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent.

Refrigeration and air conditioning associations

Type of organisation: Professional association
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: National
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology.
Details: Supporting HPMP implementation, often including training, assessment and certification of technicians; providing access to technology information to their member companies; participating in selected network activities; participating in or co-organizing Ozone2Climate technology roundtables and exhibitions; information outreach. Examples (non-exhaustive list) include: Bangladesh BRAMA, China CRAA and CHEAA, India ISHRAE, Pakistan HVAC Association, Maldives Refrigeration and air conditioning association, Mongolia Refrigeration and air conditioning association, Republic of Kora KRAIA and KSCIA, Serbia KGH, Sri Lanka Refrigeration and air conditioning association.

Refrigeration and air conditioning vocational training institutes/colleges

Type of organisation: Training institution
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: National
Activities: Training and capacity building related to ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology.
Details: Training related to HPMP implementation.

Republic of Korea Customs

Type of organisation: Government agency
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Customs officer seconded to ROAP CAP.

Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Regional
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Implementation of ODS legislation and capacity building activities for enforcement officers

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Regional
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Implementation of ODS legislation and capacity building activities for enforcement officers

Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA) / Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Type of organisation: Inter-Governmental Organization
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Regional
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Implementation of ODS legislation and capacity building activities for enforcement officers

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Type of organisation: Government agency
Area of cooperation: Refrigeration and air conditioning sector
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: Promoting adoption of ozone-friendly low-GWP and energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technology; Public procurement
Details: Bilateral project “Regional Programme for Enhancing Institutional Capacity for HCFC Phase-out linked to Energy Efficiency and Climate benefits in Asia Pacific.”

World Customs Organisation (WCO)

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Global
Activities: Customs training; e-training; compliance and enforcement; combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: UNEP and WCO have a formal framework of cooperation (MOU). Montreal Protocol related e-learning course for customs officers is hosted by WCO’s e-learning platform. Mutual participation with relevant events. UNEP cooperates with WCO Headquarters as well as WCO’s Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILOs), Regional Offices of Capacity Building (ROCB), and Regional Training Centres (e.g. AKMAL in Malaysia, ROK, India).

World Customs Organisation Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (WCO RILO) - Asia Pacific

Type of organisation: International organisation
Area of cooperation: Customs
Geographical scope: Asia Pacific
Activities: Customs training, compliance and enforcement, combatting illegal ODS trade.
Details: Customs officer seconded to ROAP CAP.