International events

- Montreal: MOP 19 The United Nations Conference on the ozone layer was held in Montreal, September 17-21, 2007. The 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol was celebrated on a special day (September 16, 2007) and throughout the week. All participants recognized the success of the Protocol and many awards were given. The IIR, jointly with UNEP, disseminated a special issue of the Newsletter of the IIR on the environment and a document entitled "Refrigeration Drives Sustainable Development" which presents the state of the art of the sector and its technologies. It was appreciated and has enhanced the IIR's visibility and so has the statement presented to the high-level segment of the Plenary Session and participation in a side event involving African countries. Important decisions were taken during this conference: - Article-5 countries: based on an average of the 2009 and 2010 levels of HCFC consumption and production, the parties agreed on a freeze of consumption and production in 2013 and to complete accelerated phase-out of HCFCs by 2030, with reduction steps of 10% by 2015, 35% by 2020, 67.5% by 2025 and allowing 2.5% for servicing for the period 2030-2040; -Article-2 countries: the parties agreed to complete phase-out of HCFC consumption and production by 2020, with reduction steps of 75% by 2010, 90% by 2015, and allowed 0.5% for servicing during 2020-2030. - Bali: COP 13 and CMP 3 The next United Nations Conference on Climate Change will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on December 3-14, 2007. The IIR will be present and will deliver a statement. The documents jointly prepared with UNEP and disseminated in Montreal will also be disseminated in Bali along with other new ones and we will try to give our actions even great visibility.