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Emergent Ventures International implements ‘National Survey on Non ODS alternatives in Philippines’ for World Bank

Emergent Ventures International Pte. Ltd. (EVI) conducted a day long initial stakeholder consultation workshop for ‘National Survey on Non-ODS Alternatives in the Philippines’. The workshop held on 2nd December 2016 in Manila, was facilitated by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Philippine Ozone Desk (POD) and the HPMP Project Management Unit with support from The World Bank. EVI is providing consultancy services to the World Bank in executing the project National Survey on Non-ODS Alternatives in the Philippines’. The project aims to assist the Government of the Philippines to better understand historical and predicted consumption trends for non-ODS alternatives and their distribution by sectors and sub-sectors in the country. With this objective, the workshop intended to engage stakeholders from across industry groups and industry experts to introduce them with project background and its objectives and seek their inputs on aspects regarding the use of non-ODS alternatives in the Philippines.

At present, Philippines, as a party to the Montreal Protocol and as an Article 5 country, is implementing the HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage-I followed by 10% reductions in Hydro Chloro Flouro Carbon (HCFC) consumption by 2015. Philippines is also taking steps for preparation of HPMP Stage-II which will contribute towards the 35% reduction of its baseline consumption by 2020. With this aim, the country wants to prepare a ‘technology roadmap” and hence is required to study the current and future role of HCFCs, HFCs and other existing and emerging ODS alternatives (e.g., hydrocarbons, HFOs) in the economy. Through the survey, EVI would provide the countries with a comprehensive overview of their national markets where ODS alternatives have been and will be phased in, while taking into consideration other existing technologies. EVI has identified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Equipment Manufacturing and Servicing) and Foam manufacturing companies as the major HCFC and HFC consuming companies in Philippines, and is reviewing the technical, institutional and regulatory framework controlling ODS and Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) in Philippines.

Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Customs, AECOM,  producers, distributors and consumers of substances, Philippines railways, Foam and RAC industries’ associations, World Bank and other international agencies implementing MP were the key stakeholders who attended the workshop. Final stakeholder consultation workshops are proposed to be organized to present the results; discuss procedure for preparation of inventory and possible mitigation plans.

The six month project has been awarded to EVI in consortium with Greenleaf New Technology Ventures Inc. (GNTV) in September 2016 by World Bank. EVI brings together the best of international and local technical experience in the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) management space and excellent local reach and relationships within the Refrigeration and Air conditioning (RAC), foam and other relevant sectors.