Description: When fluorinated chemicals no longer fulfil their purpose, they should be responsibly managed through recycling/reclamation for productive use where possible and permitted. Otherwise, they need to be properly disposed of, so they don’t pollute the environment and harm human environmentally sound destruction or conversion such that harmful properties are eliminated. Many fluorinated compounds have either or both ozone depleting and global warming potential. Despite the huge success of the Montreal Protocol in phasing-out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS), a significant amount of ODS are still found in banks of refrigeration equipment and insulation foams. These substances have high global warming potential and will negatively contribute to climate change if appropriate disposal measures are not taken.
Description: Sustainable cold chains are placed at the intersection between the Montreal Protocol, the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. By introducing uninterrupted cold chains for foods and medicines alike, using natural refrigerants with a very low global warming potential, energy efficient appliances and easy to use equipment such as SolarChill refrigerators for off-grid regions, the climate, the health and wellbeing of people and the local economy can profit. The side event aims to serve as a discussion platform on how climate-friendly cold chains can improve food security and public health. An additional focus will concern sustainable financing mechanisms to ensure equitable access to cold chain equipment.
Description: The Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) is an international training program led by AHRI and United Nations Environment-OzonAction with the support of key HVAC&R industry associations i.e. ASHRAE, ABRAVA, the Alliance, EPEE, AREA, JRAIA, ACAIRE and Refrigerant Australia. The program is an industry-led qualification program to offer benchmarking tool for safe and sound handling of refrigerants by different practitioners in field understanding the dynamics that industry is passing through due to global policies and commitments especially in relation to the Montreal Protocol. The RDL program is supported by the MLF of the Montreal Protocol, through UNEP-OzonAction, where the program will be piloted and examined for wider enrollment to interested parties starting 2020 . Grenada, the Maldives, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago are the pioneers in piloting the RDL program and several RDL sessions already conducted in the six countries. This session intend to offer information about the RDL program and its operation along with feedback and evaluation by the pilot countries. The session also serves to highlight the value and necessity of training AC technicians especially because of the move, under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, to alternative refrigerants that can be flammable or toxic.