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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

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Gunter Fischer, European Investment Bank Group, discussing with fellow panelists

The two-day Workshop on Energy Efficiency Opportunities While Phasing-Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) opened on Monday, 9 July 2018, at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.

The Workshop was mandated by the Twenty-ninth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 29) to the Montreal Protocol in November 2017. MOP 29 recognized the importance of energy efficiency in the transition from high-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs to low-GWP alternatives in the refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump (RACHP) sectors.

Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili welcomed workshop participants. She invited discussions on:

  • technical opportunities that can improve efficiency;
  • barriers to seizing these opportunities;
  • policy measures and investment activities to overcome barriers; and
  • connections between Montreal Protocol activities to phase-down HFCs and other activities addressing the RACHP energy efficiency issues.

Day one of the workshop was divided into sessions that discussed:

  • background to energy efficiency in RACHP sectors;
  • improving efficiency of new and of existing RACHP systems; and
  • a panel discussion on investment and financing opportunities.

The workshop continues Tuesday, 10 July 2018, and its conclusions will be presented to OEWG 40 for further consideration.

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Dan Teng'o, Communications Officer, Ozone Secretariat

Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili

Session I: Background to RACHP Εnergy Εfficiency

From L-R: Kevin Fay, Executive Director, Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy; Archana Walia, Director, Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), India; and Ray Gluckman, Gluckman Consulting, UK

Ajay Mathur, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Ray Gluckman, Gluckman Consulting, UK

Archana Walia, Director, CLASP, India

Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Session II: Improving the Energy Efficiency of New RACHP Systems While Phasing-down HFCs

From L-R: Nihar Shah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Mohammed Alarwan, Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre; Hakam Zummo, Saudi Energy Efficiency Programme; Raul Simonetti, Carel, Italy; Jonathan Li, Midea Group, China; David Schalenbourg, Delhaize, Belgium; and Peter Holzer, Institute of Building Research and Innovation, IEA

Hakam Zummo, Saudi Energy Efficiency Programme

Raul Simonetti, Carel, Italy

Jonathan Li, Midea Group, China

David Schalenbourg, Delhaize, Belgium

Ibrahima Kane, Senegal

Nihar Shah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Peter Holzer, Institute of Building Research and Innovation, IEA

Session III: Improving the energy efficiency of existing RACHP systems while phasing-down HFCs

From L-R: Stephan Sicars, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Stefan Thie, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE); Maher Mousa, International Consultant, Saudi Arabia; Jane Gartshore, Cool Concerns, UK; Kevin Schlemmer, CoolCheck, South Africa; and Tadafumi Mikoshi, Global Environment Centre, Daikin, Japan

Stephan Sicars, UNIDO

Tadafumi Mikoshi, Global Environment Centre, Daikin, Japan

Jane Gartshore, Cool Concerns, UK

Stefan Thie, EPEE

Kevin Schlemmer, CoolCheck, South Africa

Session IV - Panel discussion: Investment and financing opportunities

From L-R: Daniel Magallon, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy; Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme; Zhao Ming, Energy Management Company Association (EMCA), China; Gunter Fischer, European Investment Bank Group; Jigar Shah, International Finance Corporation; Sabin Basnyat, Green Climate Fund (GCF); Bafoday Sanyang, The Gambia; Hoang Nguyen Thi My, Vietnam; and Santiago Creuheras, Mexico

Daniel Magallon, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

Hoang Nguyen Thi My, Vietnam

Zhao Ming, EMCA, China

Sabin Basnyat, GCF

Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme

Jigar Shah, International Finance Corporation

Around the Meeting

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, and Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

Salome Margaret Molefe, with Obed Baloyi, South Africa

Miguel Antonio Gonzalez, Guatemala

Hammad Khalid, Sudan


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