Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show

The Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show*, the first showcase of technological alternatives to ozone-depleting substance (ODS) in South East Asia, took place in the Maldives on May 8-12, 2011. Alongside, also took place an Industry Roundtable on Zero and Low Global Warming Potential (GWP) HCFC alternatives, as well a Joint Meeting of Regional Ozone Networks for West Asia (WA) and South Asia (SA).
Over 20 exhibitors and 200 participants took part, and the following technological options were presented during the Road Show:
• low-GWP alternatives for commercial refrigeration;
• industrial refrigeration low-GWP substances;
• low-GWP alternatives transport refrigeration;
• unitary conditioning systems;
• chiller air conditioning;
• foams;
• solar-powered refrigeration equipment.
The Maldives intend to “set an example” that the rest of the world will follow
Entitled “Business opportunities in the context of accelerated HCFC phase-out”, the two-day Industry Roundtable Meeting aimed to facilitate dialogue between relevant industry players and policy makers, and underscore the challenges and opportunities faced by those implementing alternative refrigeration technologies. Mr Mohamed Aslam, the Maldives' Minister of Housing and Environment, highlighted that the Maldives needed to “leave the old path to pursue a low carbon development path. …. [Climate friendly technology must be implemented] before it is too late for us. We are the front line. We will be wiped out by global warming. We know others will make the right decision but it will be too late for Maldives. [We] cannot wait.” The Maldives has declared its commitment to controlling the use of HCFCs, beginning in 2011, and culminating in an HCFC phase-out by 2020.
In partnership with UNEP and GIZ, GREE Electric China provided 110 R290-based AC units free of charge, installed in the Convention Center of Male in the Maldives and in the Maldives Ministry of Environment.
*The Ozone2Climate Technology Road Show was organized by UNEP's OzonAction Programme, in association with the Government of the Maldives and the Indian High Commission in the Maldives, and in close partnership with GIZ on behalf of the Government of Germany, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the US Department of State.