Highlights and images for 13 July 2018



Delegates to the fortieth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 40) continued their deliberations on Friday, considering the following agenda items:

  • Global emissions of the ozone depleting substance trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11);
  • Data reporting issues under the Kigali Amendment;
  • Progress on future availability of halons and their alternatives;
  • Development and availability of laboratory and analytical procedures that can be performed without using controlled substances under the Protocol;
  • Process agents;
  • Organizational and other matters relating to the work of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP);
  • Senior expert nominations from parties to the TEAP;
  • Composition and balance of the TEAP;
  • Eligibility for financial and technical assistance; and
  • Proposed adjustments to the Montreal Protocol.

Informal consultations took place throughout the day, and several contact groups convened into the evening, where delegates discussed:

  • ways to address unexpected emissions of CFC-11;
  • destruction of technologies;
  • linkages between hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in transitioning to low global warming potential alternatives; and
  • energy efficiency while phasing down HFCs.

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Plenary Session

OEWG 40 Co-Chair Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait, and Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat

Tumau Herownna Neru, Samoa

Phillipa Guthrey, New Zealand

Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia

Yawo Dandjesso, Togo

Atsushi Iwasaki, Japan

Paul Krajnik, EU

Avipsa Mahapatra, Environmental Investigation Agency

View of the dais during the plenary session

Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez Pérez, Chile

Al-Bokwali Abdulghani, Yemen

Patricia Soares Leite, Brazil

Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

OEWG 40 Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US

Megumi Seki, and Martha Leyva, Ozone Secretariat

OEWG 40 Co-Chairs Cindy Newberg, US, and Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait

Hamoud Al-Otaibi, and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Raad Kadhum Hasan, Iraq

Ravinder Kumar Mehta, India

Contact Group on Data Reporting Under Article 7 and Related Issues

From L-R: Zhong Zhifeng, China; Martin Sirois, Canada; and Gerald Mutisya, Ozone Secretariat

Diane McConkey, US

Patrick McInerney​, Australia

Radhey Agarwal, India

Contact group on CFC-11​

Augustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico, and Annie Gabriel, Australia

Salome Margaret Molefe, South Africa

Ana Maria Kleymeyer, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Ibrahima Kane, Senegal

Between Sessions

Annie Gabriel, Australia, and John Thompson, US

Philip Owen, EU, and Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, and Andrew Clark, US

Ian Porter, Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP)

Multilateral Fund delegates in discussions


Negotiating blocs
European Union