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Bahrain hosts expert talk on climate treaty.

AN international treaty on substances that deplete the ozone layer will be debated at meetings being held at the Gulf Hotel over the next five days.

More than 100 participants from 26 countries in South and West Asia will discuss implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ODSs).

They will also discuss the outcomes of the latest meetings held between parties and related committees and the impact of these outcomes.

They will address emerging issues such as the trade of ODSs, residential air-conditioning industry and the role of media experts.

As the next key challenge of the protocol, finding alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), an ozone depleting and global warming chemical mainly used in refrigeration, will be another main topic for discussions.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have been broadly used to replace HCFCs as a coolant due to their high global warming potential.

Argentina, the Federated States of Micronesia, Mauritius and Mexico have pushed for amendment to the protocol to phase out HFC consumption and production, arguing every possible tool must be used to combat climate change.

Before making any decision, further analyses will need to be done to understand the potential impacts of the amendment.

All participating countries of the Joint Network Meeting will share their views.

Part of the debates will focus on examining the inter-regional networking and experience exchange opportunities among industry and governments in South Asia and West Asia.

Recommendations are expected at the concluding session on Thursday.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:May 10, 2009
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