Highlights and images for 5 November 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 5 November 2019

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);
  • Safety standards;
  • 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.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from MOP 31. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report in HTML and PDF.

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    Laura Juliana Arciniegas, OEWG 41 Co-Chair
    Megumi Seki, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
    The Ozone Secretariat and OEWG 41 Co-Chairs in discussion
    Alain Wilmart, OEWG 41 Co-Chair
    Shontelle Wellington, Barbados
    Ralph Brieskorn, Netherlands
    Besma Jebali, Tunisia

    Delegates confer on documents
    Philip Owen, EU
    Osvaldo Alvarez, Chile
    Amit Love, India
    Maryam Al-Dabbagh, Saudi Arabia
    Daniel Lopez Vicuna, Mexico
    Alhagie Sarr, The Gambia

    Omar Abdelaziz, TEAP Task Force on Energy Efficiency

    Bassam Elassaad, TEAP Task Force on Energy Efficiency
    Gabrielle Dreyfus, TEAP Task Force on Energy Efficiency
    Delegates from Chile analyze text during the discussions
    Liana Ghahramanyan, Armenia
    Delegates in discussion
    A delegate shares a laugh with a colleague
    Delegates from Sweden share a light moment during the plenary

    Delegates in discussion after the conclusion of plenary
    CFC-11 Contact Group
    Patrick McInerney, Australia
    Angela Patricia Rivera Galvis, Colombia
    Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat, chats to Shontelle Wellington, Barbados
    Philip Chemouny, Canada, in discussion with Ozone Secretariat
    Around the Venue

    Delegates greet each other at the start of the day's proceedings

    Delegates in discussion before the start of the session

    Delegates from Brunei Darussalam

    Anne-Maria Fenner, UN Environment


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union