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