Participants from the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Task Force on Energy Efficiency in discussion
The thirty-first Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 31) reconvened on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy.
In the morning, delegates heard reports from the contact groups and addressed:
Stocks of methyl bromide;
Development and availability of laboratory and analytical procedures that can be performed without using controlled substances under the Protocol; and
Article 5 parties’ access to energy-efficient technologies in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump (RACHP) sectors.
In the afternoon, discussion continued on energy-efficiency technologies, and delegates also addressed:
Terms of reference, composition, balance, fields of expertise and workload of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP);
Membership of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) Executive Committee (ExCom);
Initial assessment by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) and the TEAP of five volatile fluoroorganic and related compounds found in the Arctic;
Consideration of nominations to the Assessment Panels;
report of the Implementation Committee (ImpCom); and
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) risk of non-compliance with HCFC reduction targets for 2019.
Contact groups on the 2022 quadrennial assessment, and CFC-11, as well as the Budget Committee met during the day. The agenda item on the request by Azerbaijan to be included among the parties to which the phase-down schedule for hydrofluorocarbons was opened and closed due to the fact that Azerbaijan is not present at MOP 31.
As parties continued their deliberations, many could be heard in the corridors wondering how to balance the need to strengthen monitoring and compliance in the Protocol without creating additional reporting burdens for Article 5 countries. Some cautioned that resources will need to be found to be able to shoulder the additional requirements.
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