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At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.

In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.

At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.

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Phasing Down Climate Potent HFCs

Reduce the use and emissions of high-GWP HFCs and enhance energy efficiency in the food cold chain, as well as achieve a 30-50 percent reduction in HFC emissions from refrigerant servicing within 10 years

List of participants will be added in due course

Lead Organisations

UNEP Paris

Objectives

Objective by COP22: Expanded membership of the Global Food Cold Chain Council program (numbers outlining growth to follow); Code of Practice for the servicing sector is finalized and shared through the global network of companies to promote refrigerant emissions reduction globally – To be launched at COP22.

Long-term Objective: Reduce high-GWP Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) emissions by 30 to 50% from refrigerant servicing within 10 years, and enhance energy efficiency and reduce food loss in the cold food chain.

Roadmap and work plan

For Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC):

By COP 22:
• Agreement with partners to carry out country case studies on food cold chain
• Agreement to form broad coalition with UN implementing agencies
• Agreement on framework for CCAC SAP to assess food cold chain expansion data

Beyond COP22:
• Carry out country case studies on food cold chain
• Establish operating plans and goals for broad coalition with UN implementing agencies
• Complete CCAC SAP assessment of food cold chain expansion data
• Establish working relationship with federal governments and intergovernmental bodies worldwide to promote food cold chain technologies in a way that benefits human health and the environment.

For Global Refrigerant Management Initiative (GRMI):

By COP22:
• Continue AHRI Research: High Temperatures AREP, Industry/US Department of Energy Risk Assessment
• Complete Survey of Training and Education Programs
• Begin implementation of Memorandum of Understanding Re: Reclaimed HFC Credit Bank
• Strengthen engagement with CCAC and broader climate policy community/build on COP21 presence
• Explore Refrigerant Driving License synergies
• Expand membership
• Develop compendium of refrigerant management policies: mandatory certification and training, reclamation fees, licensing, etc. (2016-2017).

By 2020:
• Complete survey of education and training programs and draft model program template
• Advance certification concepts
• Develop equipment standards
• Begin generating subnational, national and international policy proposals, model laws
• Host and participate in industry workshops
• Develop a better understanding of challenges related to equipment supply
• Develop monitoring and recordkeeping solutions
• Explore solutions regarding chain of custody tracking/asset optimization
• Develop and participation in existing regional organizations
• Explore issues related to the availability of recovery equipment
• Explore potential maintenance and repair standards
• Regularly coordinate with UN implementing agencies.

By 2025:
• **Achieve a 30-50 percent reduction in HFC emissions from refrigerant servicing
• Begin implement of model training and education program template in countries with no programs previously.
• Regularly share with public and private sector stakeholders GRMI-developed solutions regarding: certification concepts, equipment standards, equipment supply, monitoring and recordkeeping, chain of custody tracking/asset optimization, availability of recovery equipment, maintenance and repair standards
• Regularly generate subnational, national and international policy proposals, model laws
• Regularly participate in industry workshops
• Normalize participation in existing regional organizations
• Strengthen working relationship with UN implementing agencies.

By 2030:
• Implement model training and education program template in (# or %) of countries with no programs previously
• Establish GRMI as the go-to institution for training and education program capacity building
• Establish GRMI as the go-to institution for the development of refrigerant management-related policies and laws

Progress

The private sector-led initiatives have contributed in demonstrating to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol that the industry is ready to phasedown HFCs and that an amendment to the Montreal Protocol would be welcomed by the business sector. We believe that the private sector played a major role in getting the Kigali Amendment through this month.

Specific progress below:
GRMI:
• A GRMI steering committee was formed and has convened numerous times since COP21.
• A global survey of training and education programs was completed.
GFCCC:
• GFCCC released the results of a major study it commissioned with Deloitte that confirmed the climate benefits of an expansion of the food cold chain globally.
• GFCCC co-produced and co-sponsored the November 2015 conference, “Advancing Ozone & Climate Protection Technologies & Policies: The Food Cold Chain,” in Montreal with CCAC, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Over 100 representatives of country delegations and private sector entities were represented.
• GFCCC briefed the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on the potential climate benefits of an expanded food cold chain. It was the highest meeting to date in the president’s administration on the topic of food waste.

Contact

Denise Sioson, CCAC Secretariat, UNEP Paris

+33 144377637

Denise.Sioson.Affiliate@unep.org

http://www.ccacoalition.org/en/initiatives/hfc