Environment Ministry and OzonAction organised “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow in Agra
The Technology Roadshow has showcased current refrigeration and air conditioning equipment which is designed to be more energy efficient.
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 23 May 2017 organised Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow in Agra. The roadshow was organised along with the UN Environment OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance Programme.
The Roadshow was inaugurated by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan Jha on the sidelines of the South Asia National Ozone Officers Annual Network Meeting – 2017. The Technology Roadshow was organised for the first time as part of the annual network meeting for Ozone Officers of South Asia.
The roadshow took place post the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
Key highlights of the Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow
• The “Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow”, had 13 exhibitors that promoted ozone and climate-friendly alternative technologies to HCFCs and HFCs in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector.
• The Technology Roadshow showcased current refrigeration and air conditioning equipment designed to be more energy efficient, hence with a double benefit of saving money for consumers, and with a much lower impact on the environment.
• Over 200 refrigerant technicians, ozone officers, business representatives and government officials attended the Roadshow.
On the occasion, Dr Sharmila Nair-Bedouelle, head of the United Nations Environment’s OzonAction, highlighted UNEP’s Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) which provides significant support to Article 5 countries with meeting and sustaining their obligations under the Protocol. She said, “The national ozone officers’ network meetings are a flagship of the CAP and offer a forum for an exchange of experience and knowledge transfer among national ozone officers”.
Delegates from 20 countries and industry visited the 2017 exhibition and this was the first time the Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow was organised as a part of the annual network meeting globally. The National Ozone Officers (NOOs) from 13 South Asia network countries visited the Technology Roadshow and gained information on state-of-the-art HCFC/HFC alternative technologies.
The Technology Roadshow was organised in association with Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Manufacturers Association (RAMA), Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA), Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), GIZ and UNDP.
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UN Environment is also organising the annual network meeting for South Asia Ozone Officers from 23 to 26 May 2017.
The meeting will focus on current policy and technology updates on ozone and climate friendly alternatives to HCFCs and HFCs specifically post-Kigali amendment, linking the HCFC phase out to future HFC phase-down, the implications of Kigali amendment for the network countries and challenges and opportunities from a policy and technology perspective.
Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol
The Kigali Amendment has amended the 1987 Montreal Protocol with an aim to phase down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are ozone-depleting compounds, by late 2040s. The amendment became a legally-binding deal after it was signed by around 197 countries including India in the Rwandan capital Kigali at the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP28).