ECA Network meeting, Ohrid, Macedonia FYR, 21-23 May 2013.

The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia FYR and UNEP’s OzonAction Programme jointly organized above meetings in Ohrid, Macedonia FYR, 21-24 May 2013. The meetings are part of the agreed work programme of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. They take place in the context of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which requires ECA network countries to freeze their HCFC consumption at the baseline level in 2013 and to achieve a 10% reduction in 2015. The meeting also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia which held its first meeting in Ohrid.

The main objectives of the meetings included:

–        Enabling National Ozone Units to efficiently implement their national HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs) and to meet the phase-out targets of the Montreal Protocol

–        Strengthening national refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC) associations as key actors in implementing HPMPs and to help overcome barriers to the introduction of ozone- and climate-friendly, energy efficient technologies

–        Promoting e-learning solutions for RAC technicians and Customs Officers to overcome barriers to the use of e-learning in developing countries in terms of acceptability, costs, access to internet etc

–        Linking the concept of sustainable buildings to HPMP implementation and promoting the cooperation of city planners / architects with building engineers to design integrated solutions for heating & cooling of buildings

Participants came from the 12 ECA network countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Turkmenistan. In addition, we will invite self-funded participants from the 7 Countries with Economies in Transition (CEIT countries): Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Three groups of participants attended different meeting days and participated in joint and parallel sessions: Ozone Officers, managers of national refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC) associations as well as building designers / engineers & architects.

Presentations are available upon request