Carbon Credits from Reclaimed HFC Refrigerants and Advanced Refrigeration Systems
Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, September 20 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Harrison Horning (Delhaize America) and Jeff Cohen (EOS Climate) will lead the webinar, which will focus on how supermarkets and other GreenChill stakeholders can take advantage of a new methodology for verifying emissions reductions approved by the American Carbon Registry. The methodology enables the generation of verified emission reductions (i.e., carbon credits) through two pathways: 1) reclamation and re-use of HFC refrigerants; and 2) installation of advanced (low-GWP) refrigeration systems. The webinar will include a discussion of the technical basis and practical aspects of the methodology, a status report on carbon markets, an explanation of how these credits can be utilized in sustainability/GHG reporting, and a review of potential policy implications. The webinar will also include a testimonial from Delhaize America about the company’s experiences using the methodology, including why they were interested in the program, what they learned by participating, and future possibilities.
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The former Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, ms. Patricia Espinosa, was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.
Ms. Espinosa recently gave an interview to the UN News Centre on climate change and Paris Agreement.
The interview is available at the UN News Centre site.
The stakes are high as the Montreal Protocol undertakes a series of meetings to agree on a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Following the adoption of the Dubai Pathway on HFCs,1 Parties are set to negotiate and adopt an HFC amendment to the Montreal Protocol in 2016, the first major test of the Paris Climate Agreement and the global commitment “to pursue efforts to limit the [average global] temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius.” The level of climate ambition in the agreed HFC phase-down will be crucial in determining whether or not Montreal Protocol passes the test.
There is no substitute for an ambitious HFC phase-down for both non-Article 5 (non-A5, developed) and Article 5 (A5, developing) Parties. It will not only achieve significant short-term climate benefits but also ensure long-term sustained reductions in HFC consumption. And, importantly, it is significantly less expensive as it will maximise leapfrogging of HFCs altogether and incentivise transitions to final low-GWP solutions rather than proceeding along a slow and costly progression from high-GWP to medium-GWP to lower-GWP HFCs. With as few as five years left at current global emissions levels before the option to limit warming to 1.5°C is lost, there has never been a more critical time for the Montreal Protocol to take the most ambitious path forward.
The ozone layer is a thin stratum of gas in the upper atmosphere which acts as a shield to protect the earth’s surface from about 99 per cent of harmful solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation.1 so vital is the ozone layer that, without it, most of earth’s organisms could not have evolved, let alone be sustained.2
The human impacts of increased exposure to UV radiation are well documented and include suppression of the immune system, cataracts and skin cancers.3 Plants and ecosystems are also at risk. Research has shown UV-B radiation can significantly impair the reproductive capacity and early developmental stages of aquatic organisms.4 In addition, increased exposure to UV light in terrestrial plants results in reductions in height, decreased shoot mass and reductions in foliage area.5 The Montreal Protocol has been widely lauded as the world’s most successful environmental treaty, having phased out 98 per cent of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) placed under its control.6 However, illicit trade in ODS began following the first wave of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) phase-outs and continues to this day, threatening to undermine this success.
Global demand for refrigerants has risen significantly in recent years, with peak hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) consumption approximately three times greater than CFC peak production. The scale of illegal HCFC trade could potentially be larger than that previously seen with CFCs.
This briefing provides an overview of ODS smuggling and actions to combat illegal ODS trade that can be taken by Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
Ozone Protection Medals for Customs & Enforcement Officers from Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Customs & Enforcement Officers from Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will receive the Ozone Protection Award 2016 of UNEP’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network) during the forthcoming Customs Cooperation Meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 24-25 May 2016.
In the period from May 2014 to April 2016, the award winners reported 32 successful seizures of 10156 refrigerant cylinders/containers containing more than 68 metric tons of ozone-depleting chemicals and mixtures. Informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) consultations prior to the issuance of trade licenses avoided 16 unwanted/illegal shipments of more than 174 metric tons of ozone-depleting chemicals and mixtures.
The award has been endorsed by the World Customs Organization, Ozone Secretariat, Multilateral Fund Secretariat, UNEP’s OzonAction Programme as well as Turkmenistan as the host country. Representatives of all organizations will sign the award certificates.