Highlights and images for 6 April 2016



The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened for its third day on Wednesday, 6 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs Management Contact Group) resumed its discussions of the key challenges. The morning’s discussions addressed funding, intellectual property rights (IPR), flexibility in implementation, exemptions, and the relationship of an HFC amendment with the hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) phase-out.

The afternoon’s discussions continued deliberations on the relationship of an HFC amendment with the HCFC phase-out and began discussions on the legal aspects, synergies and other issues related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The evening’s session addressed exemption processes and a “compliance deferral” approach as well as a mechanism for periodic review of alternatives.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage,provided daily web coverage from the 37th OEWG. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has producd a summary and analysis report of the 37th OEWG, which is available in HTML and PDF formats.
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Room view during the morning session

Claudia Paratori Cortés, Chile

Gilles Christian Mangongo, Gabon

Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Taha Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Participants conferring before the evening session

Manoj Kumar Singh and Arumugam Duraisamy, India

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, with Ismael Nour, Djibouti

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, with Béatrice Vincent, France

John Thompson, US, with Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina

Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon

John Thompson, US

Zhou Xiaofang, China

Participants networking during lunch break

From L-R: Gudi Alkemade, European Union (EU); Philippe Chemouny, Canada; and John Thompson, US

Petra Hinterauer, Hungary, with Michelle Cortis, Malta

Participants networking during lunch break

Bonfils Safari, SAP Co-Chair, Rwanda, with Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

From L-R: Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina; Rafael Da Soler, Brazil; and Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina

From L-R: Catherine Wahlén and Jennifer Lenhart, IISD, with OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Side Event: Implementation of the EU Quota System on HFC Consumption

Side Event: Results of the CCAC-UNDP Feasibility Study for District Cooling on the island of Male, Maldives

Jacques Van Engel, UNDP

Denise Sioson, CCAC Secretariat


Negotiating blocs
European Union