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By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 18 May 2011 14:38:57 GMT

This video featuring Ms. Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 who was the celebrity ambassador for the Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show in Maldives is part of the communication strategy for HCFC phase out in Maldives. HFC-free appliances are "easier in the wallet, easier in the planet", she noted

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 20:57:35 GMT

By Kunda Dixit - Last year, the President of the Maldives Mohammad Nasheed, inaugurated an international conference in his country on a plan to phase out the chemicals used in air-conditioning and fridges that threaten to be a major contributor to global warming.

Nasheed had just been swept to power after an election that followed a pro-democracy movement, and used the opportunity to announce that his country would phase out HCFCs by 2020, ten years ahead of a timetable laid down by the Montreal Protocol. The president had made it his goal in office to turn his nation of 1,000 atolls, none of which are above 2 m above sea level, carbon neutral by 2020.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 18:53:35 GMT

By Nalaka Gunawardene - The Maldives, the smallest independent state in Asia, is leading the way in pursuing the dual benefits of ozone layer protection and combating climate change.

The small island state, straddling the Equator in the Indian Ocean and home to 350,000 people, is seen as a frontline state for climate change impact. Because of its very low elevation – its highest point is just two metres above sea level - the coral islands are highly vulnerable to storm activity and sea level rise.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 17:47:57 GMT



Maldives has committed to advance its HCFC phaseout by 10 years pari-passu with its commitment of attaining carbon neutrality by then. It is, therefore, necessary for Maldives to look at alternatives to HCFCs for its growing refrigerant demand in a manner that it minimized high GWP refrigerants. In this context, in partnership with UNEP and GIZ, GREE Electric China has decided to provide 110 R290 based AC units free of charge. These ACs have been installed in the Convention Center of Male and in the Ministry of Environment. This will not only enable technology demonstration but will also provide the Government adequate technical information to enable it to look at technology leapfrogging and avoidance of use of HFCs. GIZ and GREE will make a token presentation of the unit during the inaugural ceremony.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 16:50:35 GMT

By Kunda Dixit - Attending a conference this week in the Maldives on ‘Industry Roundtable on Zero and Low GWP HCFC Alternatives’ it was inevitable that even the technically-minded among us would be lost. The conference wore on to its second day on Monday, and the power points bristled with acronyms like CRS, RAC, ODS, HFC-1234yf, and sentences like ‘IPCC/TEAP thresholds on GHG at 3 GT CO2-eq/year to 9 GT by 2050’.

If our eyes glazed over, what was going to happen to the public? In fact, explaining the science behind ozone depletion, the links to global warming, and the dizzying array of alternative options to the public so that there is pressure on politicians to act is going to be much more challenging than coming up with green alternatives.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Wed, 11 May 2011 15:45:42 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 Wed, 11 May 2011 12:39:46 GMT

Solar Chill was presenting its latest technology that aims to help deliver vaccines and refrigeration to regions of the world without electricity or with inadequate electrical supply. Solar Chill is developing a versatile refrigeration technology that is environmentally sound, battery free, technologically reliable, and affordable and multi-source powered. This is particularly useful for Maldives given that it has dispersed islands where access to energy is difficult or is diesel based. The adoption of this technology will significantly enhance the healthcare in remote islands by harnessing solar energy. UNEP was presenting the information on the Solar Chill to the Vice-President of Maldives when he visited the UNEP Exhibition booth at the Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show (the actual Solar Chill is now being delivered to Maldives). Using such technologies will not only help Maldives to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels in health care, but will also help in reducing its need for high GWP HCFC (and/or HFCs) used for refrigeration.


By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 10 May 2011 12:44:37 GMT

Ms. Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, the celebrity ambassador of the Ozone2Climate Road Show is assisting UNEP DTIE OzonAction, the Government of the Maldives and all partners endorse and promote the technology road show to the public. She will also be featured in a short video public service announcement (PSA) where she encourages the audience to look for HCFC-free products in store as well as to help protect the ozone layer, prevent climate change and save our beautiful islands. This PSA is part of the activities under the communication strategy for HCFC phase out management plan of the Maldives.


By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Tue, 10 May 2011 08:37:26 GMT

In the context of ambitious climate protection targets as set by the Maldives, the Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show will provide the demonstration of technology options for non HCFC based, energy efficient, low carbon, environmentally friendly technologies. The Industry Roundtable being organized along with the Roadshow seeks to engage industry representatives in a discussion on challenges and opportunities for the transition to zero ODP, low GWP energy efficient alternative options for HCFCs. This is being organized back-to-back with the joint network meeting of the National Ozone Officers of the South Asia and West Asia. The emerging technologies that are being showcased will help the countries in promoting climate friendly technologies as replacement to HCFC based ones during the HPMP implementation. During the opening of the Industry Roundtable, a 5 minute Curtain Raiser on the Maldives' experience in phasing out ozone depleting substances (ODS) and their achievements in reducing ODS consumption was also screened.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 09 May 2011 21:11:33 GMT

The Virtual Exhibition of the Ozone2Climate Technology was officially launched by the Vice-President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik during the opening ceremony of the Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show. The Vice-President visited the Virtual Exhibition Booth of the Ministry of Housing and Environment, Maldives and he was interviewed virtually by Mr. Hamid Huzam, a reporter from the Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation (MNBC)1, in Maldives.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 09 May 2011 16:33:33 GMT

The Maldives hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (Decision 60/37). The country has committed to phase-out HCFCs by 2020, ten years earlier than the target set by Montreal Protocol. In order to assist the county to meet their commitment, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (CAP ROAP) signed an MoU with the Maldives’ Ministry of Housing Transport and Environment and Maldives Customs Services to strengthen the country’s capacity further to enforce regulations related to monitoring and control of trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS) as part of Maldives’s national compliance effort. The MoU was signed by Mohamed Aswan, Minister of State Principal Collector of Customs, Dr. Young-Woo Park, UNEP's Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, and H.E. Mr. Mohamed Aslam, Minister of Housing and Environment, Maldives on 8 May 2011.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 09 May 2011 13:10:41 GMT

The Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show was inaugurated on 8 May 2011 by the Vice-President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik. The Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show is the first ozone and climate friendly technology exhibition ever organized in Asia Pacific. It is being organized by UNEP's OzonActionProgramme, in association with the Government of the Maldives and the Indian High Commission in the Maldives and in close partnership with GIZ on behalf of the Government of Germany, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the US Department of State. (Photo) From left, Dr. Young-Woo Park, UNEP's Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Aslam, Minister of Housing and Environment, the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Vice President, the Maldives, Mr. Rajendra Shende, Head of UNEP DTIE OzonAction.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Fri, 06 May 2011 19:45:05 GMT

Four days of Technology Road Show to support the initiatives of the Government of Maldives and also supplement global efforts by showcasing technological alternatives that will serve the achievement of the common goal of protecting the ozone layer as well as climate. The Road Show will be attended by senior policy functionaries of South Asian and West Asian countries, captains of RAC industry, etc and is the first such attempt to showcase alternate technologies. The event will create a suitable environment for development of a potential market to strengthen interregional cooperation and encourage innovative multi- stakeholder partnerships aimed at scaling up investments in this important area. The National Chambers of Commerce and Industry are coordinating the Road Show. Their members will have the opportunity to learn from the latest technological advancements in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning but also to explore possible collaborations with the leading manufacturers of the world. There will be also an industry roundtable on non-HCFC technologies that will be attended by the industries and associations from these countries.


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