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Workshop on Energy Efficiency Opportunities While Phasing-Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and 40th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

9-14 July 2018 | Vienna, Austria

Highlights for Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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The Vienna International Centre

The workshop on Energy Efficiency Opportunities While Phasing-Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) continued and concluded on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.

Participants heard presentations and engaged in discussions during two sessions on:

  • policies for improving the energy efficiency of small refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump (RACHP) appliances; and
  • policies for improving the energy efficiency of RACHP systems in commercial buildings, industry, and urban environments.

In the afternoon, the workshop rapporteurs summarized key messages from their respective sessions. These include:

  • utilizing the technical potential to improve efficiency and overcoming the lack of uptake by consumers requires financial support and consumer outreach;
  • monitoring energy consumption is important and energy management systems can forecast future energy demand and energy efficiency opportunities;
  • monitoring leaks as well as design and maintenance practices are critical for improving energy efficiency; and
  • harmonizing measurement methods is required to improve the collection of data on energy efficiency.

The conclusions of the workshop will be presented to the 40th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 40), which opens on Wednesday, 11 July. As Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili explained, "energy efficiency is relatively new to the process and it is up to parties to decide on how to take this matter forward." OEWG 40 will also consider the 2018 Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report, including a task force report specifically on issues related to energy efficiency while phasing down HFCs.

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Session V: Policies for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Small RACHP Appliances

From L-R: Melanie Slade, International Energy Agency (IEA); Veerle Beelaerts, Directorate General for Energy, EU; Chris Dunstan, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia; Maria Vargas, Energy Star, US; Cheng Jianhong, China National Institute of Standardization; and Kofi Agyarko, Energy Commission, Ghana

Maria Vargas, Energy Star, US

Veerle Beelaerts, Directorate General for Energy, EU

Kofi Agyarko, Energy Commission, Ghana

Melanie Slade, IEA

Cheng Jianhong, China National Institute of Standardization

Chris Dunstan, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia

Session VI: Policies for Improving the Energy Efficiency of RACHP Systems in Commercial Buildings, Industry and Urban Environments

From L-R: Gabby Dreyfus, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme; Afif Harhara, Tabreed, UAE; Saurabh Kumar, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India; Richard Lord, Carrier Corp. / United Technologies Corp., US; Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, US; and Toby Peters, University of Birmingham, UK

Gabby Dreyfus, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme

Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, US

Toby Peters, University of Birmingham, UK

Saurabh Kumar, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India

Richard Lord, Carrier Corp. / United Technologies Corp., US

Afif Harhara, Tabreed, UAE

Rapporteurs summarizing the workshop's sessions

Around the Meeting

Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden, with Bassam Elassaad, TEAP

Juliet Kabera, Rwanda, and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Around the Venue

Sky-patching Goddess Nüwa, Yuan Xikun

Woman Free, Edwina Sandys

Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award

The Code of Hammurabi

The Scholars Pavilion


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