MOP 27: Strong debate in the run-up to COP21

MOP 27 delegates continued firm discussions and addressed the outcomes of OEWG 36

The 27th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 27) kick off on Monday.

Delegates representing governments, UN agencies, Montreal Protocol expert panels and committees, non-governmental organisations, and industry met in Dubai for the 27th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 27), held from 1-5 November 2015.

Following the 36th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36), held in July 2015 in Paris, MOP 27 delegates continued  discussions and addressed the outcomes of OEWG 36.

MOP 27 was the ideal occasion to focus on  proposed amendments to the Montreal Protocol, issues related to the phase-down and phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as well as compliance and data reporting issues.

Quality side events

Confirming the position of the IIR as the only intergovernmental science and technology based organization in the refrigeration sector, Didier Coulomb, IIR Director General, attended this global meeting and participated in several side events.

Some of the side events included:

ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) Management in the Fishery Sector

With Didier Coulomb and Paul de Larminat, IIR member, as invited speakers, this side event brought to the forefront the marine refrigerated cold chain management of this globally interlinked industry, possible data gaps for meeting and sustaining compliance obligations and associated socio economic impacts.

Preliminary studies conducted in the Pacific Region were presented with the aim of demonstrating the urgent need to address the use and demand of HCFCs and HFCs in the marine fishing sector.

Energy Efficiency and Refrigerants Management towards Sustainable Cold Chain

A this side event, Didier Coulomb (see photo) introduced the main technical issues surrounding the cold-chain sector in terms of refrigerant management and energy efficiency.

Topics covered  included:

  • IIR figures concerning refrigeration industry and cold-chain sector
  • Energy efficiency, energy infrastructures and new energy sources
  • Refrigerant’s management for cold chain sector
  • Partnerships with international organizations FAO, UNIDO and CIHEAM
  • IIR working group on the cold chain in warm countries and the joint UNEP-IIR Experts Meeting

Establishment and Operation of Sound Certification Schemes for Technicians

The IIR is a supporting association of the REAL Alternatives European training programme, which provides information on the safe use of alternatives such as ammonia, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and low flammables.

The UNEP OzonAction side event, in cooperation with UNIDO, addressed the implementation of certification schemes for technicians concluded with the launch of the new UNEP booklet “National Certification Schemes for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Service Technicians: Examples of Strategies and Requirements for their Establishment and Operation.”

More on REAL Alternatives

Why not check out the 28th IIR Informatory Note on Refrigeration Technologies: Qualification and Certification of Refrigeration Technicians (September 2015),  also presented during the side event by Marco Buoni (Centro Studi Galileo) and Didier Coulomb.

Discussions continue in Dubai

A contact group has been established in order to officially discuss a phase-down of HFCs.

Very probably, it will be impossible to negotiate anything; however, a clear message should be sent to the COP21 in order to organize such negotiations in 2016, which is real progress towards a future phase-down of HFCs.

COP21 UN climate change conference 2015

IIR representatives will participate inthe  21st United Nations Framework Conference of the Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris at the Le Bourget site from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Find out more…