On Saturday, delegates to the Open-Ended Working Group to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 40) finalized discussions on data reporting, unexpected emissions of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) senior expert nominations, energy efficiency, and adjustments to the Protocol.
OEWG 40 concluded all its agenda items until the thirtieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 30) and received submissions of three conference room papers (CRPs) that will be forwarded for consideration by MOP 30 convening in November in Quito, Ecuador. These relate to: unexpected emissions of CFC-11; access of Article 5 parties to energy-efficient technologies in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump sectors; and addressing the composition and balance of the assessment panels.
Other highlights of the day included:
- China reported on its immediate actions following reports of unexpected CFC-11 emissions from the East Asia region, including onsite inspections, sample collections, testing, and investigations of leads provided by the Environmental Investigation Agency.
- OEWG 40 delegates highlighted discussions and suggestions on possible actions to be taken on CFC-11 prior to MOP 30, including by the Secretariat, the Scientific Assessment Panel and TEAP, parties, and institutions.
After adopting the report of the meeting and hearing closing statements, OEWG 40 closed at 10:40 pm.
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From L-R: Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat; Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili; OEWG 40 Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US; OEWG 40 Co-Chair Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait; Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat; and Martha Leyva, Ozone Secretariat
Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili, and OEWG 40 Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US
OEWG 40 Co-Chair Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait, with Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat
Philippe Chemouny, Canada
Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat
Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation
Salim Humaid Al Badi, Oman
Roxanne Blesam, Palau
Gilles Christian Mangongo, Gabon
OEWG 40 Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US
Akil Hanafi Fodil, Algeria
OEWG 40 Co-Chair Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait
Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden, with Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation
Sebahat Meral, and Ahmet Codal, Turkey
Basim Ghafil, and Raad Kadhum Hasan, Iraq
Delegates from the EU
Delegates from the EU and India conferring
Leslie Smith, Grenada, and Saad Aldeen AlNumairy, UAE
Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, and Nadoum Koro, Chad
Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain, and Balaji Natarajan, Multilateral Fund
Augustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico, and Jorge Dieguez, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Saad Aldeen AlNumairy, UAE; Amna Kazim, UAE; and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia
Contact Group on Energy Efficiency
From L-R: Leslie Smith, Grenada; Patrick McInerney, Australia; and Sophia Mylona, Ozone Secretariat
Paul Krajnik, EU
Juliet Kabera, Rwanda
Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia
Contact Group on CFC-11
Augustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico, and Annie Gabriel, Australia
Atsushi Iwasaki, Japan
Philip Owen, EU
Patricia Soares Leite, Brazil
Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili, with John Thompson, US