The National Ozone Centre of the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry & Economics, organized a thematic meeting on HPMPs: Progress in implementation of prioritized activities and opportunities/ barriers in introduction of low or zero GWP alternatives to HCFCs, on 24 -26 September 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The meeting was opened by Mr Saribaev Ilias on behalf of the State Agency of Environment Protection & Forestry. He warmly welcomed participants and highlighted the importance of the implementation of HPMP in order to comply with the Montreal Protocol provisions. The main objectives of the meeting and opening remarks were presented by Mars Amanaliev, Head of the NOU of Kyrgyzstan, and Mikheil Tushishvili, Programme Officer of UNEP.
Objectives of the meeting were:
- overview of HPMP implementation in each country: status and prioritized activities (investment project implementation, regulations to be set up or enforced, training activities, outreach, etc.) to comply with the freeze target in 2013 and 10 % reduction in 2015;
- identify barriers for promoting low GWP, higher energy efficiency technologies, and ways to remove these barriers at national level; and
- discuss further steps in development of stage 2 of the HPMPs for Armenia, Republic of Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan.
Participants included NOU officers and experts from RAC sector of ECA countries (Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan). Representatives of Belarus and Tajikistan (CEITs) also participated through assistance of UNDP/ GEF programme. Representatives of Implementing Agencies (UNDP and UNEP) and a resource person from Republic of Moldova participated also and delivered a number of presentations.