Ozone2Climate technology refers to zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP), low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and high energy efficiency technology in heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air-conditioning (HVACR) sector. Driven by the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) phase-out schedule in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, refrigeration and air-conditioning sector is carrying out technology transformation. The Kigali amendment reached in 2016 also further push the transition to climate friendly alternative technologies.
In order to promote the compliance of the Montreal Protocol, the 10th Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable and anniversary activity was successfully held in Shanghai New International Expo Center on April 8 2021. The roundtable was jointly organized by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (FECO/MEE) and China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA). Influenced by COVID-19 pandemic, the roundtable held both on-site and virtual meeting. More than 200 representatives from industry associations, research institutions, universities, manufactures, as well as Ozone officers and industry experts from Japan, Pakistan, Mongolia, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia and the Philippines attended.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of China's accession to the Montreal Protocol. Over the past 30 years, the Chinese government has worked closely with social public at home and abroad to develop and promote ozone layer friendly and climate friendly alternative technologies. Ms. Zhou Guomei, Director General of FECO/MEE, introduced China HCFCs phase-out targets and six consumption sector plans in the next five years. The industrial and commercial refrigeration(ICR) sector will meet the 67.5% reduction of HCFCs consumption in 2025, which means that the ICR sector will further phase-out more than 15,000 metric tons consumption of HCFCs, and subsequently a complete reduction by 2030 in the manufacture sector. China has made positive contributions to the protection of ozone layer and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. James S. Curlin, Acting Head of UNEP OzonAction, virtually joined the meeting and addressed that the Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable is becoming a major forum to highlight global action respect to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Thanks to the Chinese partners, notably the FECO/MEE and CRAA, for the efforts for organizing this important event. UNEP is enthusiastic to continue its cooperation with all stakeholders, including the cooling industry, the national climate and environment authorities, and standard/safety authorities at the national, regional and international levels, to promote the global uptake of Ozone2Climate products, particularly in developing countries.
Ms. Beate Trankman, Resident Representative of UNDP China, said “As the international organization responsible for eliminating ozone depleting HCFCs in China's ICR industry, UNDP has worked with our Chinese partners to jointly phase-out HCFCs. The FECO/MEE has played a major role in this.” Ms. Beate Trankman expressed that “Climate change is the greatest threat to our future on earth – and an intact Ozone Layer is vital in slowing it down. The refrigeration industry plays a key role in promoting alternative substances with low GWP value. It can also deploy highly energy efficient cooling equipment, effectively reducing energy demand and the associated CO2 emissions in energy generation.”
Ms. Yang Qian, Deputy Director of the Department of Atmospheric of Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) demonstrated the implementation objectives, ODS management system, as well the development of alternative technologies and the prevention of implementation risks in China. Ms. Yang Qian expressed that the government hope to assist the manufactures in making clear objectives and enterprise rules under the legal framework of Montreal Protocol in China. The industries will give full play to its market vitality, to strengthen the research, development and application of alternative technologies and products, to realize a win-win economic and environmental benefit in compliance process.
Mr. Zhang Zhaohui, Vice Chairman & Secretary General of CRAA, expressed the heartily appreciate to all the organizers for their sincere cooperation and dedication in the past ten years, and reviewed the progress and achievements by the Ozone2Climate events in the past ten years. As the domestic implementation agency for ICR sector plan in China, CRAA will continue to promote enterprises to use lower GWP alternatives in the production conversion process, especially promote more small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the phase-out and conversion activity.
At the roundtable, UNEP, UNDP, FECO and CRAA jointly sent letters of appreciation to 17 research institutions and enterprises that are continuously supporting the Ozone2Climate Roadshow and Roundtable events in the past decade, especially thanks for their efforts and contributions to protect the ozone layer over the years.
Highlights of Roadshow Exhibition: 30-year achievements of China compliance and O2C alternative technologies.
Under the theme of ozone layer protection and climate mitigation, Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshows and Roundtable set up a platform for governments, industries, enterprises and other stakeholders to exchange global information and share experience.
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