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Meeting report of the joint IPCC/TEAP expert meeting on options for the limitation of emissions of HFCs and PFCs, Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (ECN), Petten, 26-28 May, 1999
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ECN Policy Studies 1-7-1999
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ECN-RX--99-029 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Environment (VROM) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) (), , , Vol., p.-.

Major findings and discussions from the Expert Meeting on 'Options forthe Limitation of Emissions of HFCs and PFCs are presented. The Joint Expert Meeting was sponsored by the IPCC Working Group III and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol. In 1998, developing countries expressed concern that actions taken under the Kyoto Protocol to control HFCs and PFCs could have implications for their development process. Manufacturers of products that use or might use HFCs and PFCs also sought clarification. It is for this reason that Sri Lanka tabled a proposal at the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting under the Montreal Protocol in Geneva, Switzerland, June 1998. Two decisions were taken on the issue of limitation of HFC and PFC emissions: one decision was adopted by the Parties to the UNFCCC, and at their 10th Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted a complementary decision. In November 1998, the 4th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC adopted a decision (Decision 13/CP.4, document FCCC/CP/16/Add.1), which invited organisations, including the relevant bodies of the Montreal Protocol, 'to provide information by July 15, 1999', and encouraged 'the convening of a workshop by the IPCC and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol in 1999 which will assist SBSTA to establish information on available and potential ways and means of limiting emissions of hydrofluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons.' In November 1998, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted a decision in which they requested the TEAP (in Decision X/16) to provide such information to the UNFCCC and to assess the implications to the Montreal Protocol of the inclusion of HFCs and PFCs in the Kyoto Protocol and to report these findings to the Eleventh Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. In addition, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol also encouraged the IPCC and TEAP to jointly convene a workshop on 'available and potential ways and means' of limiting emissions of HFCs and PFCs. The Technical Support Unit of the IPCC WGIll and the TEAP took the responsibility for co-organising the Joint Expert Meeting. This report is divided into five sections. The first section provides background material. The second covers current uses of HFC, PFC and SF6 chemicals and projected consumption and emissions as presented in plenary and working group sessions during the Joint Expert Meeting. Working group discussions are summarised in the third section. Background information on the issues discussed is summarised, areas of convergence and divergence are highlighted and major findings are listed. The overall outcome and a list of issues that need additional study are presented in the fourth section. Additional material from the working group sessions is presented in Annexes. Papers presented at the meeting are provided in a separate volume (the Table of Contents of this volume can be found in Annex 1). 19 refs.

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