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OzonAction Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network)

Background

Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia 


The Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) includes 11 developing countries which spread from Central Asia and Caucasus to the Balkans: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. The operational languages of the network are English and Russian.

Several former network countries have already acceded to the European Union, Croatia being the most recent example. Further candidate countries may join in the future. Armenia and Kyrgyzstan joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) between Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation in 2015. Neighboring countries include major trade partners such as China and the European Union, countries with economies in transition (CEIT countries) as well as Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, and the Syrian Arab Republic to the south.

The priorities of the network continue evolving according to the needs of the network countries. The current priorities include:
– Network and thematic meetings to share experiences and information between the representatives of the participating countries 
– Setting up institutional and legal frameworks to prepare for the HFC phase-down under the Kigali Amendment
– Briefing on recent decisions of the Meeting of the Parties and the Executive Committee and discussion on the implications for ECA network countries
– Enabling network countries to meet the HCFC phase-out targets of the Montreal Protocol and those agreed with the Executive Committee
– Sharing of experience from HPMP stage I implementation and HPMP stage II preparation, including the review of policy measures and technology options
˗ Monitoring of Montreal Protocol implementation in terms of compliance, consumption trends, data reporting, operation of import/export licensing and quota system, etc.
˗ Cooperating with private sector, including representatives of industry and national RAC associations, as well as climate focal points and energy-efficiency experts on ozone- & climate-friendly technologies
– Implementing integrated policy measures to promote ozone- and climate-friendly technologies, the adoption of safety and performance standards, the introduction of certification schemes for technicians and log-books for RAC equipment. 
˗ Introducing the training and certification schemes for refrigeration technicians and the companies and in particular focusing on the safe use of alternative refrigerants
˗ Enforcement support related to the iPIC initiative and the analysis of differences in reported trade data
˗ Translation of technical & policy related publications, meeting documents and presentations (English, Russian)
˗ Implementation of institutional strengthening projects in Albania, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova (Republic of)
˗ Implementation of HCFC phase-out projects in Albania, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova (Republic of), Serbia and Turkey
˗ Implementation of ODS alternative surveys in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
˗ Implementation of the ECA destruction projected in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro (jointly with UNIDO)
˗ Discussing the specific needs of CEIT countries which follow the phase-out schedule of developed countries

The ECA network has evolved into a multi-stakeholder network involving a wide range and increasing number of national and international stakeholders. All of them have contributed to the ECA region’s compliance with Montreal Protocol targets. The credit and praise of this is widely shared. We congratulate and thank the high-level Government officials and their national ozone teams, customs and other enforcement officers, refrigeration and air-conditioning experts, building planners and architects, private companies, academia, vocational schools, non-governmental organizations, public schools, media and the general public for the tremendous efforts and contributions.

Our special thanks are extended to all the resource persons from the Ozone Secretariat, the Multilateral Fund Secretariat, the implementing agencies and bilateral partners, our technical and policy experts from inside and outside the Montreal Protocol community as well as cooperating organizations such as IIR, AREA, ASHRAE, Centro Studi Galileo, WCO and EIA and many others. All of them contributed their knowledge and shared their experiences often at their own costs and using their private time. We are also very grateful to UNDP and UNIDO who facilitated the participation of the CEIT countries in relevant activities

Contact:

Halvart Koeppen

Regional Network Coordinator (ECA network) 
UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, Paris, France
halvart.koppen@unep.org

Samira Korban-de Gobert,

UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, Paris, France

Samira.deGobert@unep.org