Today, 12 July, we had the pleasure to host a side event within the framework of the 39th OEWG of the Montreal Protocol taking place in Bangkok, Thailand. The event titled ‘Achieving the phase-down in Europe: road-map and reality’ was opened by the EPEE Chairman Juergen Goeller and included presentations by Ray Gluckman on achieving the EU HFC phase-down and Karsten Beerman on the role of training and certification in the implementation of the EU F-gas Regulation.
Ray’s presentation focused on the results of EPEE Gapometer project which first developed a roadmap for successfully achieving the EU HFC phase-down and most recently monitored progress towards meeting the phase-down targets through collecting market intelligence data, with a focus on the challenging reductions foreseen for 2018 and 2021. The results of the market research were presented, highlighting the contributions from new equipment and existing equipment, as well as the use of reclaimed and recycled refrigerants for successfully meeting the foreseen HFC reductions.
Dipl. Ing. Karsten Beermann presented the EN 13313, the European standard defining a common terminology and assessment methodology for the different training, evaluation and certification programmes put in place by the EU Member States to support the implementation of the F-gas Regulation . Karsten also spoke about the REAL Alternative project addressing skills needs for technicians in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sectors, which identifies a clear need for improved skills especially for CO2 and HFO/low flammable refrigerants.
The event was very well attended with representatives of governments from around the world, industry and the non-governmental sector. We were delighted that EU Commission’s DG Climate Action was also in the room and encouraged us to disseminate the findings of the EPEE Gapometer to raise awareness on actions needed in order to achieve the HFC phase-down.
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