Pakistan Learns from China about HCFCs Alternatives

themeChina, 15 August 2014: A delegation consisting of representatives from the Climate Change Division of the Government of Pakistan and Pakistan HVACR Importers & Traders Association, travelled to Beijing and cities in Guangdong Province to learn about HCFCs alternatives and phase-out approaches. The study tour was made possible with the generous help of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) within the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and was facilitated by UNEP China and UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) under the framework of South-South cooperation. In Beijing the delegation met with FECO officials and learned about the strategies for HCFC phase-out in China. During the meeting with China Household Electrical Appliance Association (CHEAA), the representatives were introduced to standards of R-290 RAC installation, maintenance and transportation in China. The delegation was also welcomed by one of Chinese partners in HCFC phase-out, Wuzhou Foaming Ltd., which has successfully converted their production using CO2. In Guangdong province – a major manufacturing and trade hub in China, the delegation was received warmly by Guangdong Meizhi Compressor Ltd. and MIDEA to witness their R-290 air-conditioner and compressor production lines. The tour culminated with a visit to a servicing and installation training center at Guangdong Xi’an Jiaotong University Academy. This activity was designed to accelerate the national implementation of the HCFCs Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) in Pakistan. Mr. Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Shah Gilani, Joint Secretary International Cooperation/ National Project Director (Ozone) who headed the delegation said “The arrangements made for the visit to different venues of manufacturing as well as servicing sector are really commendable. The delegation from Pakistan is thankful to UNEP for facilitating this visit. We are particularly grateful to FECO and UNEP office in China for their assistance provided and their efforts made in arranging the study tour which has provided opportunity to the Pakistan’s delegation to learn on new emerging technologies and understand the phase out management of HCFCs.” He further added, “Having good relations in trade and businesses, we hope that both countries will continue their support in technology conversion and share experiences in future. We also suggest that UNEP should continue such study tours in developing as well as in developed countries for sharing of ozone-friendly best practices in future”. Contact: Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific