Annual meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) in Yerevan, Armenia, 18-22 May 2009

Strengthening national institutions through regional co-operation

The Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics jointly organised the annual meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) in Yerevan, Armenia, 18-22 May 2009.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Strengthening national institutions through regional co-operation? In addition to the recurrent agenda items of the network meeting, particular emphasis were placed on 1) Initiating regional co-operation of Customs and Ozone Officers to enforce ODS trade controls and 2) Initiating regional cooperation between national RAC associations in ECA network countries.

The first activity has been approved for Czech Republic and UNEP by the 57th Meeting of the Executive Committee and will be initiated through a regional meeting of Customs & Ozone Officers in autumn 2009 back-to-back with a regional Green Customs workshop. The latter is financed by Czech Republic outside their contribution to the Multilateral Fund. The ECA network meeting agreed on the work plan, venue and schedule of the activity.

The second activity was expected to strengthen the RAC sector in the participating countries and facilitate transition away from HCFC-based technologies. A related project proposal has been removed from UNEP’s business plan.

The meeting was agreed by the ECA network 2008 in Tirana, Albania and the date fixed during the side meeting of the ECA network during the Meeting of the Parties in Doha, Qatar. It is part of the ECA network programme 2009 and funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol through UNEP as the implementing agency.

The meeting organisation aimed to implement Green Meeting options and to reduce its carbon impact to the extent possible. UNEP will off-set the carbon emissions of participants through the purchase of Gold Standard emission credits as part of its carbon neutral policy. The ECA network is member of the Carbon Neutral Network: http://www.climateneutral.unep.org/cnn_members.aspx?m=264

Objectives

For the first time, 15 Heads of national refrigeration & air-conditioning (RAC) associations participated in the annual meeting of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) in Yerevan. The purpose was to initiate cooperation among these associations and to define their role in phasing out ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which also contribute to global warming.

The network unanimously agreed to enhance this new cooperation by creating a joint website and to invite them also to next year’s ECA network meeting in Istanbul. As an immediate outcome, Ozone Officers and Heads of the associations established close contacts among each other (in some countries for the first time) and countries without such associations learned how such associations were created and how they operate in other countries. It was recommended to include a provision in phase-out management plans for HCFCs for capacity building and networking of national RAC associations.

The meeting also agreed on venues and dates of the forthcoming ECA enforcement network meeting to initiate regional cooperation of Customs and Ozone Officers to enforce trade controls for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in ECA network countries. This year’s meeting is scheduled for 12-14 October 2009 in Budapest, Hungary and will be organised back-to-back with a regional Green Customs workshop raising awareness on other Multilateral Environmental Agreements related to hazardous waste, toxic chemical and endangered species. In 2010, similar meetings will take place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and the OzonAction Branch of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics jointly organised the annual ECA network meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, 18-22 May 2009. It was opened by the First Deputy Minister Simon Papyan of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and UN Resident Representative Vidal Consuela. Representatives of UNDP, UNIDO, and UNEP, bilateral partners from Hungary and Romania supported the meeting as resource persons.

In addition to the above-mentioned topics, the following items were also considered: Awareness raising on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and its amendments, status of compliance, data reporting and ratification, status of HCFC phase-out management plan preparation and MDI stakeholder consultations. Meeting participants also agreed on the work programmes 2009 / 2010 for ECA network and associated CEIT countries and set priorities.

The participants included Ozone Officers and Heads of national RAC associations of the ECA network and associated CEIT countries as well as representatives of the implementing agencies (UNDP, UNIDO, UNEP), bilateral partners (Hungary, Romania) and international organizations (AREA, RILO CIS, IIR).

Media briefing

090518 ARM media briefing - Rus

Recommendations

090518 ECA meeting recommendations - Rus

Work programme 2009 - 2010

090518 CEIT work programme 2009-2010

Meeting documents

090518 ARM concept note.doc


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