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Phase-out of ozone-depleting substances
and fluorinated greenhouse gases in the Russian Federation

14.03.2012 - State System for Regulation of Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the Russian Federation


Moscow, March 14, 2012
Expocenter, Krasnopresnenskaya nab. 14, Climate World 2012 exhibition,
pavilion 18, cocktail hall

On March 14, 2012, within the framework of the largest Russian HVAC&R exhibition Climate World 2012, a UNIDO/GEF/MNRE conference dedicated to arrangement of regulation of ozone-depleting substances use in the Russian Federation took place.

HCFC Reduction Consumption Schedule for the Russian Federation

1989 base year
1996 freezing
2004 reduction by 35%
2010 reduction by 75%
2015 reduction by 90%
2020 reduction by 99,5%
2030 reduction by 100%

Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are still widely used in air conditioners, domestic refrigerators, commercial and industrial refrigerating equipment and such foam materials as refrigerating equipment insulation, sandwich panels and tubes used at housing and community amenities, industry and oil- and gas pipe lines. Domestic and foreign (mainly Asian) manufacturers of low-cost equipment continue to supply the Russian market with equipment containing those substances.

In accordance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1987) ratified by all UN nations, ODSs are banned from use and phased out progressively. In many countries (EC, USA and others), such ODSs as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) are already forbidden. By 2015, Russia is to reduce ODS consumption by 90% of the base level.

Soon, prohibitive measures against import and manufacture of ODS-containing equipment are expected to be established accompanied by tightening of all kinds of control over these substances and equipment that contains them. Besides, location of that equipment at waste storage sites prior to ODS extraction for further use or environmentally-safe destruction will be banned too.

UNIDO/GEF/MNRE Conference «System for Regulation of Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the Russian Federation» was dedicated to discussion of these problems and ways to resolve them. The conference was aimed at practical effect. Thus, the results of the conference of 2011 were used in preparation of proposals for the Russian Government session held on June 22, 2011.

Among conference participants were representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Federal Customs Service, Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage, other federal executive bodies concerned, heads, consultants and experts of the UNIDO Project for phase out of HCFC in the Russian Federation, Russian and foreign scientists, heads of industry associations, HVAC&R companies, refrigerant producers (HaloPolymer, DuPont, Honeywell, etc.) and all interested in professional discussion of addressing this problem.

Focal Points:

  • State approach to dealing with this problem in the mid-term. Creation of control system for ODS and ODS-containing product use. New statutory and regulatory acts in this regard and actions to be taken by MNRE, Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage, Federal Customs Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  • Assistance rendered by the Government of the Russian Federation and UNIDO to Russian enterprises in switch to production of new competitive, energy-efficient and environmentally-safe production.
  • HVAC&R certification system: EC experience and prospects of its use in Russia. Possible positive results from implementing of such system for businesses and ordinary customers.
  • Review of existing energy-efficient and available alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and the industrial potential in mastering of new climate-safe pilot products. Opinion of leading domestic and foreign producers of refrigerants, foaming agents, aerosol propellants and solvents.
  • Prospects of hydroflourcarbons (HFCs) control under the Montreal Protocol in addition to control over ODSs (CFC, halons, HCFC, etc).

Photo album of UNIDO/GEF/MNRE conference “System for Regulation of Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the Russian Federation”

Brief agenda:

Chairman: Sergey Korotkov, head of the UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation
11:00–11:30Opening: representatives of MNRE and UNIDO
11:30–11:50“Establishment of the state system for regulation of ozone-depleting substances and ODS-based products use within the territory of the Russian Federation”.
Maria Volosatova, Head of the Section of Climate and Atmospheric Air, the Department of State Policy and Regulation in Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
11:50–12:10“Implementation of UNIDO/GEF Project for ODS phase out in the Russian Federation. First-year results and future plans”.
Yury Sorokin, head of UNIDO/GEF Project of HCFC phase out in the Russian Federation
12:10–12:30“Organization of customs control over import and export of ODS and ODS-containing products on the territory of the Customs Union”.
Sergey Shklyaev, head of specific goods control of the Directorate of Trade Restrictions, Foreign Currency and Export Control, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
12:30–12:40“Practical cooperation of Russian chemical enterprises and UNIDO in the context of creation of ozone-friendly halocarbon production facilities”.
Maxim Doroshkevich, General Director, OAO HaloPolimer
12:40–12:50Coffee break
12:50–13:10“Measures to interdiction of illicit ODS traffic on the territory of the Russian Federation”.
Vasily Tselikov, UNIDO national consultant, member of the International Academy of Refrigeration (head of MIA/UNIDO Working Group)
13:10–13:30“Prospects of F-gas regulation in the Russian Federation. Establishment of the certification system for HVAC&R enterprises in the Russian Federation”.
Vasily Tselikov, UNIDO national consultant, member of the International Academy of Refrigeration (head of MIA/UNIDO Working Group)
13:30–13:50“Alternative refrigerants for various HCFC-consuming sectors in the Russian Federation”.
Oleg Tsvetkov, professor of the Saint Petersburg State University of Refrigeration and Food Engineering, member of the International Academy of Refrigeration
13:50–14:10“Russian refrigerant market environment in the context of Russia’s WTO accession. Distributor’s point of view”.
Nikolay Ratanov, Deputy General Director, Markon-Kholod
14:10–14:30“Alternative refrigerants from DuPont”.
Pascal Faidy, Business and Market Manager, DuPont Fluorochemicals EMEA
14:30–14:50“Alternative refrigerants from Honeywell”.
Nikolay Kovrin, Sales and Market Manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Russia, CIS and Baltics

Photo album of event