Highlights and images for 7 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 penultimate day on Thursday, 7 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the morning, a brief stocktaking plenary was held. The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC Management Contact Group) then resumed, continuing on following Wednesday evening’s discussions on the development of exemption processes, including a “compliance deferral” approach for countries with high ambient temperatures (HAT), as well as a mechanism for periodic review of alternatives. Discussions were then suspended until the afternoon to allow for informal consultations between parties.

During lunchtime, the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) held an informal meeting.

In the afternoon, delegates discussed a funding proposal, after which parties broke into further informal consultations to discuss this issue. These consultations continued into the evening.

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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From L-R: Annie Gabriel, Australia; Laura Berón, Argentina; Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina; and Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina

Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia, with Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

Eva Ocfemia, the Philippines

Ulises Lovera Gaona, Paraguay

Philippe Chemouny, Canada

Participants networking before the morning session

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia

Alexis Dimitri Valencia Moreno, Ecuador

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

Sylla Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal

Annie Gabriel, Australia

John Thompson, US

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Stephen Seidel, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, with Caitlin Grady, US

Marine Collignon, France, with Justina Adomaviciute, UK

Informal TEAP Meeting

Side Event: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Impediments to the Phase-down of HFCs

Side Event: Amendment Design Options For Resolving HFC Amendment Concerns; Examining Patents for HFC Alternatives in India