HPMP roadshows way forward

In June, the first-ever HPMP roadshows towards phasing out HCFCs and the management of HFCs took place around the country, but now what? What’s the next step? The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) shares its work programme plan…

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The HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) roadshows was aimed at bridging the South African knowledge gap on the available ozone depleting substances (ODSs). Hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs in association with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the four roadshows took place as follows:

  • Midrand: 12 June 2018
  • Durban: 14 June 2018
  • Port Elizabeth: 19 June 2018
  • Cape Town: 21 June 2018

One aim of the roadshows is to encourage dialogue between industry, technical experts, equipment engineers and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Read the full article on the roadshows…

A lot of good points were raised during the various sessions of the roadshows, but now the questions is – what’s next?

The roadshow was one element of a campaign to draw awareness to South Africa’s management plan to phase out synthetic refrigerants with high global warming potential, as it will impact all of its citizens.

There is still a lot of work to be done. But in the end, the HPMP Road Show organised by the DEA and UNIDO as implementation partners was a success, according to the organisers. The objectives of the road show were achieved and the roadshow provided a platform for robust discussions between all stakeholders in the South African HPMP project leading to some recommendations on the way forward to ensure a successful phase out of HCFCs and management of HFCs in South Africa.

So what now?

The Department of Environmental Affairs has put together the following ‘game plan’… Step one is developing a work programme on the activities raised at the road shows with corresponding milestones. The activities will include, among others: progress on ratification of Kigali Amendment; HFC phase-down and management (including development of regulations thereon); capacity building in the RAC sector (especially servicing technicians); phase-out of refrigerant disposacans; update on refrigerant reclamation project; and compliance monitoring issues.

The work programme will be consulted with role players at quarterly regular stakeholders meeting at the DEA and shall be circulated for further input / comments by 30 September 2018.

The work programme will then be adopted by stakeholders in the stakeholders meeting scheduled to take place during the first week of December 2018. Stakeholders will be constantly updated of any change to this effect.

The department also extends the invitation to these stakeholder engagements to other role players that were identified during the roadshows.

Documents regarding the roadshows can be found here.

 

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