Regional Training programme of the Selected Climate Acquis – Workshop on ODS and F Gases

Date: 27-28.05.2014
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The European Union has a strong commitment to protect the ozone layer. To facilitate its recovery the EU has implemented legislation that goes beyond its obligations under international agreements. The consumption of ozone depleting substances, as far as controlled under the Montreal Protocol, has already been reduced to zero since 2010, ten years before the international target of 2020.

To protect the ozone layer the international community has established the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer in 1987, phasing out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride and methyl bromide.

F gases are contributing to climate change, thus the EU decided to regulate their marketing and use. Industry is increasingly developing alternatives to fluorinated gases, but some of these gases are less safe for consumers than the fluorinated gases. Hence, a gradual approach and the gradual substitution of these gases will be necessary. During this transitional period until all uses of F-gases can be phased out, it is also necessary to regulate the applications using F-gases with regard to checking, filling and disposal operations to minimize leakage. For this purpose, a certification scheme is established for certain companies, which require that staff involved in handling applications with F-gases have the necessary qualifications and training.

Objectives of the training:
Objective is to familiarize the beneficiary with the F-gases and the ODS regulations, with a particular emphasis on the planning and preparation, certification, verifications and training schemes, labeling, responsibilities for commercial, industrial and public sector organizations, as well as reporting requirements in the transposition and implementation of F-gases regulations.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for sharing of experiences on the knowledge and capacity in the implementation of the Vienna Convention and the Montreal protocol in the ECRAN beneficiary.

Expected Results of the workshop:
• Understanding of the EU regulatory architecture on legislation related to F-gases and ozone depleting substances
• Improved understanding of the required steps towards transposition and implementation of the obligations arising from the EU F-gases and ODS Regulations.