ECA network meeting 2012, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27 - 30 March 2012

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE REGIONAL OZONE NETWORK

FOR EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA (ECA NETWORK MEETING)

PARALLEL EXPERT MEETING FOR

 REFRIGERATION & AIR-CONDITIONING ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS

State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, represented by National Ozone Center and UNEP's OzonAction Programme jointly organise the “Annual Meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia” for Ozone Officers and representatives of refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC sectors in the respective countries) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27 - 30 March 2012.

RAC experts & architects to design ozone-layer and climate-friendly buildings / cities

The phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HFCFs) is one of the remaining challenges under the Montreal Protocol. For the first time, refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC) experts and architects met to explore the potential benefits of closer cooperation at the early design stage of sustainable buildings /cities. This would require moving away from the traditional sequential work sharing between architects designing a building and RAC engineers fitting the technical equipment into already designed buildings. Such cooperation could result into optimized, integrated and not-in-kind solutions for sustainable buildings including aspects of energy efficiency and waste management. The building sector is one of the fastest growing economic sectors and a significant share of the HCFCs as well as energy is consumed in buildings. Once design and investment decisions are taken, it would be difficult and costly to take corrective action during the life time of a poorly designed building. It therefore welcome that organizations such as REHVA and the Finnish Green Building Council promote sustainable RAC solutions in the building sector. Representatives of the Ozone Secretariat, UNIDO and UNEP were received by Hon. Minister Sabir Atadjov at the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry of Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting was opened by the Minister and the UNDP Resident Representative Alexander Avanessov.

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