HFCs under the Montreal Protocol Implementation

Industry Summit on Illegal Trade in ODS, Brussels 2nd December

Recommendations from the Industry Summit

Note: the recommendations outlined below were put forward for consideration by participants during the summit. These recommendations are not binding on the participants, but merely seek to set out actions which stakeholders may consider to more effectively combat illicit trade in ODS.

  • On Reclamation of HCFCs

    Proof of origin document for all reclaimed HCFCs in EU to be required for first step of supply chain. Establishment of a registration system whereby ODS reclamation enterprises in the EU receive authenticated labels from Members State authorities. Compilation of existing data on HCFC stockpiles by substance from 2009.

  • On sharing information and expertise

    Provision of data by industry; industry may offer shipment level data to Ozone Secretariat or other appropriate third party. Establishment of industry focal points which enforcement officers/NOUs can contact for information exchange. Regularly updated information on counterfeiting cases and trends to be sent by industry to existing networks,  such as UNEP’s MEA Regional Enforcement Network for Asia Pacific or the World Customs Organisation. In addition such intelligence can be .disseminated through RILO Alerts. Industry to update UNEP DTIE’s ODS trade names database As appropriate easily accessible factsheets can be produced containing latest information on counterfeiting and focal point information. Such sheets would be targeted at enforcement officers and could contain advice on the sequence of steps officers can take once a suspicious shipment has been detected.

  • On refrigerant identifiers

    Industry to provide information on the availability of more sophisticated portable equipment for ODS identification in particular concerning blends.

  • On the use of disposable cylinders:

    Recognising Industry’s willingness to reduce use of disposables; to engage in further discussion with distributors in order to consider voluntary measures to set up refillable cylinder infrastructure in non-EU countries. To consider creation of guidelines with assistance of Competent Authorities in Member States which state that disposable cylinders placed on the market after 1st July 2009 are considered to be filled after 1st July 2007 and to be included in 2011 F-gas regulation review

  • On other matters

    To support proposed amendments to the global HS code system to provide specific codes for each type of HCFCs by 2012. To promote end-use statements in cases where trade of CFCs and HCFCs in the EU has been permitted for a specified essential use. Industry to update Value Chain Mapping flow chart and to analyse on a country by country basis.