On November 20, 2015 the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a stakeholder meeting on “Preparation of Second Phase of HCFC Phase-Out project”. The meeting was attended by representatives from respective bodies, business sector and experts.
The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of phasing-out ozone depleting substances (ODS) in domestic and commercial equipment and switching to ozone-friendly substances. He stated that it would not only prevent the ozone depletion, but also would address the global warming. He particularly highlighted the importance of training of refrigeration experts who would work with alternative substances to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
Mr. Armen Martirosyan, Environmental Governance Portfolio Analyst, UNDP attached great importance to the event and informed the participants that the second phase of HCFC Phase-out Project would allow Armenia to reduce HCFC consumption by 35% from the baseline by 2020. As soon as the project is developed, it will be submitted for approval at the 76th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Protocol in 2016.
Head of the National Ozone Unit, Ms. Liana Ghahramanyan shared with the participants the main provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, commitments of the Republic of Armenia, results of HPMP Phase I including the updated legislation and future actions.
In the second part of the meeting, Mr. Ajiniyaz Reimov, Programme and Research Analyst from the Montreal Protocol Unit/ Chemicals, UNDP New York, delivered a Skype presentation on the activity under HCFC Phase-Out in the region.
The meeting was concluded by active discussions and exchange of ideas among the stakeholders. Proposals put forward by the experts and entrepreneurs were noted down and would be taken into consideration during the development of the second phase of HCFC Phase-Out.