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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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Delegates from the US, Saudia Arabia and India, in informal consultations on energy efficiency, during the last Meeting of the Parties the Montreal Protocol

The fortieth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 40) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will convene from 11–14 July 2018 in Vienna, Austria. OEWG-40 will be preceded by a Workshop on energy efficiency opportunities while phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) on 9-10 July.

The Kigali Amendment to the Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will enter into force on 1 January 2019 and details needed to implement the amendment still must be agreed upon. This includes work on:

  • clarifying data reporting issues, such as timeline for reporting of baseline data for HFCs by Article 5 parties (developing countries) and instructions on the reporting of HFC mixtures and blends; and
  • approving destruction technologies for HFCs.

Other issues to be discussed at OEWG 40 include:

  • linkages between hydrochlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons in transitioning to low-global-warming-potential alternatives;
  • issues related to energy efficiency while phasing down hydrofluorocarbons; and
  • requirements for hydrochlorofluorocarbons for the period from 2020 to 2030 for parties not operating under paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Protocol (developed countries)

OEWG 40 will also consider several reports by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP), including on energy efficiency in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump sectors. A workshop on energy efficiency opportunities while phasing-down HFCs will take place preceding OEWG 40.

In preparation for the next Meeting of the Parties in November 2018, OEWG 40 will address progress on: safety standards related to standards for flammable low-GWP refrigerants; and the guidelines for funding the phase-down of HFCs, to be delivered by the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

Please see our summary and analysis from the last Meeting of the Parties the Montreal Protocol in November 2017.

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