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By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Thu, 12 May 2011 20:04:15 GMT



The two days event promoted technology innovation by research bodies and equipment manufacturers and informed Government representatives and RAC associations from more than 20 countries on commercially available RAC systems which do not harm the Ozone Layer and have minimum Climate Impact taking into account direct carbon equivalent emissions from refrigerant leakage and indirect emissions from energy use during their useful life time.

The roundtable took place within the context of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which requires ECA network countries to freeze their HCFC consumption levels in 2013 so that they do not exceed the average levels of 2009-2010. By 2015 HCFC consumption levels should be reduced to 90% of 2009-2010 levels. So far, the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund has already approved funding for HCFC phase-out strategies in Armenia, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia. Other countries are currently preparing their HCFC phase-out strategies.

Halvart Koeppen, Coordinator of UNEP’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) explained that “… whereas most ECA network countries reported increased HCFC consumption in-between 2007-2009, accession countries like Croatia, Serbia and Turkey either stabilized or significantly reduced their HCFC consumption through early policy setting and quota systems, training, certification and awareness raising. This proves what is feasible if it is a political priority and if appropriate policy measures are put in place.”

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 22:18:57 GMT



During two days, well-known companies including Danfoss, Enex Refrigeration, FilterFrigo, GEA Grasso, Guentner AG, Johnson Controls, Klima Smederevo, Mayekawa, MPG-KGH, Soko Inzinjering, Stulz and Green Cooling Association presented their products and case studies to the audience. In addition, the international organizations AREA, ASHRAE, GIZ, IIR, UNDP, UNEP and UNIDO, researchers from universities in Belgrade, Istanbul and Skopje and bilateral partners from Czech Republic and Hungary delivered expert presentations.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 19:42:12 GMT



Miladin Avramov, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia opened the roundtable on ozone- and climate- friendly technologies roundtable on 10 May 2011. Honorable State Secretary Avramov emphasized that «...energy-efficient technologies using ozone- and climate- friendly technologies exist but there are barriers to wide market introduction. This roundtable meeting with Ozone Officers and national RAC experts from some 20 countries in Europe & Central Asia will help overcoming some of these barriers »

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 17:50:35 GMT

GEA Grasso recently launched its BluAstrum ammonia chiller which was awarded by German Refrigeration Prize in the category “Climate-Friendly Use of Refrigeration Systems in Production of Foods and Beverages”. This is a highly competitive chiller minimizing the carbon footprint by using natural refrigerant, improved efficiency by applying new technologies, small dimensions, low noise level and improved control systems. Additional benefits are: less and easy  maintenance, long service life time of roller bearings, less complexity, no oil pumps and fewer connections.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 17:45:42 GMT

Rajendra Shende, Head of UNEP OzonAction, welcomed all the participants from Maldives Road show on Ozone2Climate Technologies. He highlighted during his pre- recorded welcome speech, that “… contribution made by the member countries of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia to mitigate climate change by phasing out nearly 6,000 tons of CFCs which is nearly 36 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent / year. Meeting the challenge of HCFC phase out will result into additional climate benefit of about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent / year. If we consider improvement in energy-efficiency and destruction of CFCs and other ODS, the climate benefits will further enhance.”

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 10 May 2011 22:43:22 GMT

Click on the video below to discover the speech delivered by Mr Oliver Dulić, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia for the opening session of the Technology Roundtable.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Fri, 06 May 2011 17:20:57 GMT



From 10-13 May in Belgrade, Serbia: Organized jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Serbia and UNEP’s OzonAction Programme, the annual meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA) will focus on enabling National Ozone Units to effectively implement their national hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase-out management plans and meet the targets of the Montreal Protocol.

This event takes place within the context of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which requires ECA network countries to freeze their HCFC consumption levels in 2013 so that they do not exceed the average levels of 2009-2010. By 2015 HCFC consumption levels should be reduced to 90% of 2009-2010 levels.

The meeting will bring together ozone officers and national refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) associations from some 20 ECA participating countries to identify and overcome barriers to intro- ducing ozone- and climate-friendly technologies on the market. Starting with a round table entitled Ozone- and Climate-Friendly Technologies in Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning, well-known com- panies such as Danfoss, Enex Refrigeration, Johnson Controls, Klima Smederevo, MPG-KGH, Soko Inzinjering and Stulz will present their energy-efficient and ozone- and climate-friendly products.


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