The Kigali in Action workshop
The Montreal Protocol was amended during the 28th Meeting of the Parties in Kigali, Rwanda October 2016, to include among its objectives the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that can have an impact on climate change thousands of times larger than carbon dioxide. Under the Kigali amendment, countries committed to cut the production and consumption of HFCs by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This phase-down schedule is expected to avoid more than 80 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2050, while continuing to protect the ozone layer. Therefore, the Montreal Protocol will increase its contribution to fight against climate changes in line with the Paris Agreement.
UNIDO positions itself as a key player in the international efforts to phase-down HFCs. This workshop is part of the implementation of Enabling Activities for the HFC phase-down project in South Africa.
One of the aims of the Enabling Activities project is to strengthen the institutional capacities and further enhance the coordination mechanisms to provide guidance on the policies and action plans for initial ratification and implementation of the Kigali Amendment. This important step will enable DEFF to liaise with the national institutions involved in the ratification process of the Kigali Amendment in order to assure that information and continual support is delivered to the relevant decision makers, industry representatives and other stakeholder groups. The aim of this particular workshop is to provide discussion on the potential available low GWP non HFC technologies in the cooling sector, the issue of energy efficiency under the Kigali Amendment as well as the necessary safety and standards while phasing-down HFCs under the Amendment; all the while, allowing for a platform for participants to elaborate on constructive modalities towards effective implementation in South Africa.
This technical workshop aims to bring together government, industry representatives, end-users, as well as designers and manufacturers, distributors and servicing companies to discuss what is required to unlock the market uptake of non HFC alternatives and energy-efficient appliances.