The thirty-eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 38) opened in Vienna, Austria on 18 July 2016. In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks and addressed the agenda and the organization of work. Discussion then turned to the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on updated and new information on alternatives for ozone depleting substances (ODS).
In the afternoon, parties addressed the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, the TEAP 2016 report, and issues related to exemptions under Articles 2A–2I of the Montreal Protocol, including nominations for essential-use exemptions for 2017 and nominations for critical-use exemptions for 2017 and 2018. They also addressed issues related to the phase-out of HCFCs, the availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons, terms of reference for the study on the 2018-2020 replenishment of the multilateral fund, a report by the TEAP and the Scientific Assessment Panel on carbon tetrachloride discrepancies, and the destruction of ODS banks.
The HFC Management Contact Group met in the evening.
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From L-R: Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria; and OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada
OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria
Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland, with Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden
OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada
Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia
Laura Berón, Argentina
Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan
Sylla Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal
John Thompson, US
Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain
Roberto Peixoto, TEAP Member, Brazil
Antonio Asuncion Oposa, Federated States of Micronesia
Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP Member, the Netherlands
Alice Gaustad, Norway
Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon
Alaa Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia
Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland
Philip Owen, European Union (EU)
Nancy Seymour, Canada
Rafael Da Soler, Brazil
The Kuwaiti delegation
Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat, with Masa Nagai, Senior Legal Advisor, UNEP
Zhou Xiaofang, China, and Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan
Tumau Neru, Samoa
Obed Baloyi, South Africa
Hammami Youssef, Tunisia
Amit Love, and S.V. Subbarao, India
Rafael Da Soler, Brazil, with Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina