ECA network meeting in Tirana, Albania, 25-28 March 2008

The 2008 annual meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe and Central Asia (ECA network) took place in Tirana, Albania, from 25-28 March 2008 and was opened by Excellency Minister Lufter Xhuveli, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Water Management of Albania.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry and the UNEP DTIE’s OzonAction Programme and funded by the by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and the Global Environment Facility.

The participants from some 30 countries included Ozone Officers of MLF-funded Article 5 and GEF-funded CEIT countries, representatives of the national health sectors, bilateral partners, resource persons, convention secretariats and implementing agencies.

The main focus of the meeting was:

(1) the development of transition strategies for metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) for non-manufacturing countries
(2) lessons learned from implemented HCFC phase-out strategies and on criteria for selecting HCFC alternative technologies
(3) review of mandatory and optional elements of ODS import / export licensing systems with special focus on HCFCs
(4) status of ratification, compliance and data reporting
(5) the ECA work programme 2008 / 2009.

During the meeting, bilateral and compliance meetings were held with selected countries and the Evaluation Consultant of the Fund Secretariat interviewed Ozone Officers of MLF-funded Article 5 countries concerning their institutional strengthening projects. The main issues beside compliance concerned the ratification of Montreal Protocol amendments and the status of the institutional strengthening projects for CEIT countries.

In order to reduce printed copies, all meeting documents and public presentations have been disseminated on CD-ROM and through the ECA website (see below). Some expert presentations and sensitive information on cases of illegal trade in ODS is not meant for public dissemination but can be made available upon request.

First climate-friendly ECA network meeting

It was the first climate-friendly ECA network meeting combining the off-setting of carbon emission from participants travel through the purchase of Gold Standard carbon reduction certificates as part of UNEP’s climate neutral strategy with a symbolic tree planting event which was organised by the National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Management of Albania. The 70 planted trees were registered in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign (http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/) and the ECA network joint UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network (http://www.unep.org/climateneutral).


Integration of environment and MEAs into national development strategies

Based on the input provided by the UNDP Resident Coordinator Ms. Gulden Turkuz Cosslett, the UNEP representative informed the participants that Albania’s One UN programme includes “Environmentally sustainable development” as an important development goal with an expected outcome the ”Government meets environmental requirements of the EU accession process and of multilateral environmental agreements”. Special attention is given to the focal area of climate change, namely mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Nine countries in Europe & Central Asia are currently in the process of developing their national development strategies (UN Development Assistance Frameworks or UNDAFs) just now – during the 2-year period 2008-2009 to be implemented from 2010 onwards. These countries include:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Macedonia FYR, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Ozone Officers and other MEA focal points should actively be involved in this process and ensure the incorporation of MEA implementation into their national development strategies (UNDAFs).

Recommendations

080325 ALB recommendations 2008 final.pdf

080325 ALB recommendations 2008 Russian.pdf

ECA Work plan 2008-2009

080325 ECA work programme 2008-2009 final.pdf

Photos

Photos from ECA network meeting in Albania, 25-28 March 2008

Photos from tree planting in Albania, 25-28 March 2008

Meeting documents

080325 ALB concept note.doc

080325 ALB agenda.doc

0803225 ALB meeting participants.doc

080325 ECA licensing systems including HCFC.doc

080325 ECA database of MDI imports.xls

080325 ALB evaluation questionnaire English.doc

080325 ALB evaluation questionnaire Russian.doc

Presentations & background documents

03 One UN initiative and UNEP climate neutral strategy Blaise Horisberger.doc

04 Objectives of MDI session Blaise Horisberger.ppt

05 Briefing on ExCom document 51-39 on MDIs Peter Horrocks.ppt

06a Briefing on MDI workshop in Sri Lanka Tom Bachelor.pdf

09 Kyrgyzstan strategy of transition to alternative MDIs Talant Soronbaev.ppt

11 Polish MDI transtion strategy Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

12-15 MDI technological developments Tim Noakes.ppt

16 EC transition strategy on MDIs Tom Bachelor.pdf

17 Database on non-CFC MDIs imported into ECA network countries IPAC.pdf

17 Substitutes used for CFC in MDIs in Europe Tom Batchelor.pdf

18 Quick start MDI transition strategy - presentation Tom Batchelor.pdf

18 Quick start MDI transition strategy - description Tom Batchelor.pdf

18 Quick start MDI transition strategy - database Tom Batchelor.xls

19 MDI market analysis and cost comparison in Hungaria Robert Toth.ppt

21 22 MDI roadmap Tom Batchelor English.rtf

21 22 MDI roadmap Tom Batchelor Russian.rtf

22 Objectives of HCFC session Blaise Horisberger.ppt

24 Evaluation of institutional strengthening projects Stefan Musto.ppt

26 MOP ExCom decisions related to HCFCs Paul Krajnik.ppt

27 Briefing on draft HCFC guidelines Peter Horrocks.ppt

28 IIR role in promoting technology innovation Didier Coloumb.ppt

30 UNEP HCFC help desk center Blaise Horisberger.ppt

33 Replacement of HCFC in the foam sector Paul Ashford.pdf


41 Substitutes for HCFCs in Europe Tom Batchelor.pdf

42 CEN standards concerning refrigeration Peter Horrocks.ppt

43 Sweden HCFC phase-out strategy Linn Persson.ppt

44 Poland's restrictive HCFC legislation Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

45 Process of harmonisation of national HCFC legislation with EC legislation Robert Toth.ppt

50 Requirements for import export licensing systems Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

51 Risk of illegal trade in HCFCs Janusz Kozakiewicz.pdf

52 Compilation of cases of illegal trade in ODS in CIS countries Sergey Rodichkin.doc

53 Prior informed consent briefing 2008 ROAP.doc

53 Enforcement activities in ECA Halvart Koeppen.ppt

53 Prior informed consent information sheet Australia.doc

54 Status of data reporting and ratification Gilbert Bankobeza.ppt

55 Compliance & trend analysis including HCFC Halvart Koeppen.ppt

56 Status of substantial measures related to trade in HCFCs Janusc Kozakievicz English.doc

56 Status of substantial measures related to trade in HCFCs Janusc Kozakievicz Russian.doc

56 Status of additional measures related to trade in HCFCs part 1 Janusc Kozakieviezc English.doc

56 Status of additional measures related to trade in HCFCs part 1 Janusc Kozakieviezc Russian.doc

56 Status of additional measures related to trade in HCFCs part 2 Janusc Kozakieviezc English.doc

56 Status of additional measures related to trade in HCFCs part 2 Janusc Kozakieviezc Russian.doc

61 Implementation of ECA work programme 2007-2008 Halvart Koeppen.xls

64 Turkmenistan CP update & MeBr baseline revision Marianna Pursyanova.ppt

67 Bosnia & Herzegovina's awareness activities for children Verner Huseljic.pdf