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Parties meet to discuss HFC phase-down


SWITZERLAND: Global efforts to control and phase-down the use of high GWP HFCs reach a crucial point next week with the 37th meeting of the OEWG of the parties to the Montreal Protocol in Geneva.

The agenda for the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, taking place from April 4-6, is focused on addressing HFCs as a result of the last meeting of the parties in Dubai in 2015. Crucially, the meeting will discuss the latest refrigerants report from the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) as well as a proposal to develop an HFC amendment to the Montreal Protocol later this year.

The Montreal Protocol in Dubai in November agreed to hold a series of Open-ended Working Group meetings and other meetings, this year, including an extraordinary meeting of the parties.

The Geneva meeting next week is the first of those meetings. The following meeting, the Working Group’s 38th, will be convened back-to-back with the 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties from 18 to 23 July 2016 in Vienna.

It is hoped that a decision on phase-down may be agreed at the 28th Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali from 10 to 14 October.

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