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Workshop on Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternatives to Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and 39th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 39) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

10-14 July 2017 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand

Highlights for Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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Gudi Alkemade, European Union (EU), speaks with delegates from the Netherlands

Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary and International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer The thirty-ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 39) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer began on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, with opening remarks by Somchai Harnhiran, Ministry of Industry, Thailand, and Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat.

In the morning, delegates started discussions on Kigali Amendment implementation issues, including: data reporting under Protocol Article 7; work by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) on updating the global warming potential (GWP) values for substances in the Protocol control annexes; and the process for approving destruction technologies for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These items were referred to a contact group for further discussion.

IIn the afternoon, delegates briefly took note of progress by the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) in developing guidelines for financing the phase-down of HFC consumption and production, as requested by MOP 28. They then turned to the 2018-2020 MLF replenishment, starting with a presentation by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) on its report on funding requirements. A contact group was formed to further discuss the replenishment.

The afternoon ended with TEAP presenting its 2017 report, including issues relating to nominations for essential use exemptions (EUEs) and critical use exemptions (CUEs), quarantine and preshipment (QPS) uses of methyl bromide, methyl bromide stocks, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) phase-out, and organizational matters.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Ozone Secretariat.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily digital coverage and a summary and analysis report from the Workshop on the Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low-GWP Alternatives to HFCs and OEWG 39. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening Plenary

Somchai Harnhirun, Ministry of Industry, Thailand

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso

Philip Owen, EU

Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation

Rafael Da Soler, Brazil

Richard Mwendandu, Kenya

Nancy Akerman, US

Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US

Anna Correa, Ecuador

Ezzat Lewis, Egypt

Liana Ghahramanyan, Armenia

SAP Co-Chair John Pyle, UK

SAP Co-Chair Paul Newman, US

Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia, in discussions with a delegate during the morning plenary

Afternoon Plenary

View of dais

TEAP Co-Chair Paulo Altoe, Brazil

TEAP Co-Chair Lambert Kuijpers, the Netherlands

Laura Arciniegas Rojas, Colombia

Annie Gabriel, Australia

Martin Sirois, Canada

Kenichiro Tanaka, Japan

Delegates from Argentina

View of dais

Ian Porter, TEAP, Australia

Around the Venue

Specific funding for coverage of the Workshop on the Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low-GWP Alternatives to HFCs and OEWG 39, has been provided by the European Union (EU) and the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea
EU French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea

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