Workshop on introduction of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal protocol, held in Podgorica

As part of activities within project “Enabling activities on HFC phase down” in Podgorica, on January 21 and 22, 2019, was held  a workshop “Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer”. Workshop was  organized by the Nature and Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with UNIDO.

The goal of this workshop was presentation of the Kigali amendment that the Parliament of Montenegro ratified , by addoption of  the Law on ratification of Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, at the session held on December 28, 2018.

The workshop participants were representatives of the Nature and Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism/Directorate for Climate Change and Mediterranean Affairs, Ministry of Economy/Directorate for Energy Efficiency, Institute for Standardization of Montenegro, Directorate for Inspection Affairs, Customs Administration, Center for vocational education, Chambers of Commerce, Chambers of Engineers/Professional Chamber of Mechanical Engineers, and representatives of companies from the air conditioning and refrigeration sector.

The workshop “Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer” was divided into six sessions during which participants had the opportunity to learn more about: general aspects of the Kigali Amendment, reducing HFC consumption, regulatory framework, benefits and policies for its implementation , a review of the EU F gas regulation on fluorinated gases, available technologies in the process of reducing consumption of HFCs, alternative refrigerants with low GWP potential in various refrigeration and air conditioning sectors, as well as safety standards in this area and energy efficiency in the context of the Kigali Amendment. In addition, the workshop participants were provided with more detailed information on the work of the Nature and Environmental Protection Agency, which, inter alia, relate to: activities to reduce consumption of HFCs under the Kigali Amendment, previous experiences and further steps in implementing legislation and  projects related with implementation of Montreal Protocol in Montenegro. Also, on this occasion, representatives of the Ministry of Economy / Directorate for Energy Efficiency presented the transposition of EU regulations on eco-design and energy labeling in Montenegro, while the presentation by representatives of the Institute for Standardization of Montenegro pointed out the importance of standardization in air conditioning, heating and cooling.

Except representatives from Montenegro, UNIDO consultants Mr. Berdn Kaltenbrunner and Ms. Nataša Kočova, as well as Mr. Marino Grozdek, professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (Zagreb, Croatia), also participated in the workshop. Through presentations, experiences and good practice examples, as well as a discussion with the workshop participants, they pointed out future activities necessary for improvement and implementation of national and international regulations in Montenegro.