Mid-term evaluation of the project Initial implementation of accelerated HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region PIMS 4309 FSP

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, RBEC
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
03/2016
Completion Date:
08/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
60,000

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Title Mid-term evaluation of the project Initial implementation of accelerated HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region PIMS 4309 FSP
Atlas Project Number: 66255
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, RBEC
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2016
Planned End Date: 03/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 60,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 43,866
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Ranojoy Basu Ray Evaluator ranojoy.basuray@sympatico.ca
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region PIMS 4309 FSP
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Ozone Depleting Substances
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 4309
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, GEF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

General: The UNEP documents to be translated into Russian should be identified and work started as soon as possible, particularly the resources for RAC technical documents.

 

2

General: In Uzbekistan and Ukraine, UNDP and government need to come to some arrangement on how grant equipment procured under the project can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

3

General: Sustainability of training of technicians can become an issue once the project is over. The training institutions should develop and put in place plans to recover costs from future trainees.

4

General: In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (if ODS destruction project funds are to be used for Demonstration projects), where the pilot retrofit/replacement incentive program studies are to be started the approach to take within the funding available should be completed quickly and some project(s) initiated.

5

Customs: Countries may want to consider discussing with Customs about ODS import documents being approved by NOU/responsible body of environment before Customs releases consignment. The data from each transaction can be entered into a database maintained by the environment body and reviewed regularly to see how a company is performing vis a vis it’s annual quota.

6

Legislation/Regulations: Following Legislation/Regulations should be considered to be put in place:

a. Countries should consider bans on import of single use cylinders. In Belarus, legislation has been put in place to ban import of single use cylinders and it has come into effect from January 2016. A follow up should be maintained to ensure that importers are aware that their purchase orders for refrigerant include this requirement, particularly from Chinese suppliers.

b. All countries should implement a ban on equipment containing or working on ODS at the earliest possible to reduce the service tail for HCFCs.

c. Current regulations address ODS only when issuing operating licenses to companies.The regulation should be amended to include all refrigerants, since hydrocarbons, ammonia and other flammable refrigerants will/are coming into the market.

d. Regulations related to waste from production and use should be amended to include End of Life (EOL) equipment.

7

Follow Up: All countries are facing problems importing HCFC standards for their gas analysers. It is believed that Turkey has been able to develop a methodology for import of these standards. The information should be obtained and disseminated to all the partner countries.

8

Follow Up: In Belarus, close follow up should be maintained with MAZ-Kupava, the company which is implementing a foam project, to ensure that payments are made to the equipment supplier on time and the equipment is installed and commissioned before the end of the year.

9

Follow Up: The demonstration projects in all countries should be followed till completion and documentation made of the technical issues and resolutions and lessons learnt for wider dissemination nationally and with other countries in the region.

10

Follow Up: Maintain a follow up on the Recovery/Recycling centers to find out how they are operating and have them report on the quantities recovered and recycled on a quarterly/half yearly basis.

1. Recommendation:

General: The UNEP documents to be translated into Russian should be identified and work started as soon as possible, particularly the resources for RAC technical documents.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Regional: Translations of key UNEP documents were already started with UNEP Customs Training Manual translated into Russian. The recommendation on RAC technical documents is in line with the project’s work plan and in coordination with UNEP and project stakeholders, key publications to be translated will be identified and as recommended, the emphasis will be given to RAC technical documents.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Identification of key UNEP Publications
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Regional Project Management Unit 2016/11 Completed Completed: With feedbacks from project countries, key (5) UNEP publications are identified to be translated into Russian. History
1.2 Translations of identified key publications
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/02/16]
Regional Project Management Unit 2018/02 Completed Due date of the action updated in October 2017: Three key publications are translated into Russian and remaining two translations are in progress. Due date has been updated to February 2018. Status update in February 2018 as completed: Five (5) UNEP publications were translated into Russian. 15 Ozone Secretariat factsheets on HFC management; Factsheet on Kigali Amendment; RAC Technician Video Series; UNEP National Certification Schemes for RAC Service Technicians 2015 English; and UNEP Safe use of HCFC alternatives in refrigeration and air-conditioning 2015 English. History
2. Recommendation:

General: In Uzbekistan and Ukraine, UNDP and government need to come to some arrangement on how grant equipment procured under the project can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Ukraine: Project registration will be ensured in Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and consultations on equipment transfer will be organized with State Committee for Nature Protection.

Uzbekistan: The project has organized meetings with the project key national partners to agree the equipment transfer to the project beneficiaries. The legislative affairs consultant is recruited to develop transfer documentations in accordance with the current local legislation to ensure that the equipment can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Project registration in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2019/05/02]
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Ukraine Project Management Unit 2018/12 Completed In line with the key action the Project has been registered on 12 December 2018 History
2.2 Organization of consultations of UNDP and the State Committee for Nature Protection on equipment transfer in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/11 Completed Completed: Organized consultation between UNDP and the State Committee for Nature Protection activities of transfer equipment to project beneficiaries. Involved Legislative Affairs Consultant reviewed national legislation and prepared draft documentation for equipment transfer, which will be issues between the State Committee and beneficiaries. The State Committee will be responsible for monitoring targeted use of provided by UNDP equipment and goods. Equipment transfer will be finalized by December 2016. History
2.3 Development of transfer documentations prepared by Legislative Affairs Consultant to develop in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/11/12]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/11 Completed Status of the key action updated in November 2017 as completed: Legislative Affairs Specialist prepared and submitted all required transfer documentations for the review and further signature to the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection. Also, developed a special infographic in Russian language on steps and procedures of equipment/goods transfer to end-users and further M&E. History
3. Recommendation:

General: Sustainability of training of technicians can become an issue once the project is over. The training institutions should develop and put in place plans to recover costs from future trainees.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Regional: The project already put strong emphasis on Training of Trainers activities for technicians at both regional and national levels. This recommendation is relevant as it is considered necessary to have post-project plan to sustain Trainers’ skills to be able to train the technicians; training tools and materials relevant to the new technologies; servicing tools etc.

Belarus: During the project implementation, the capacity to establish the training system in Belarus has been developed. It will support the sustainability of the established training courses for refrigeration technicians.

  • Belarussian National Technical University, Mahilew State University of Food updated training courses for refrigeration technicians and will continue study process after the project completion;
  • 3 instructors from Belarus completed international ToT organized by the Project Regional Component in Italy;
  • Training courses for refrigeration technicians are implemented by the Belarussian refrigeration and air conditioning Association (APIMH). The training course is organized on the basis of the professional schools (with visits to the service center). During the training sessions until the end of the project, at least 100 refrigeration technicians will receive education. After the project completion, the training will be further provided as a paid training;
  • Training manuals for refrigeration technicians are developed on the following issues: (1) refrigeration agents and (2) maintaining of the refrigeration system;
  • As a plan for the future, translation and adaptation of the European manual for training of refrigeration technicians with focus on assessment of efficiency of exploitation of the equipment.

 

Tajikistan: Five-month state programme to train young refrigeration experts was developed and endorsed for the sustainability of the trainings. Pilot curricula will be applied to have the initial assessments on the training programme developed.

Ukraine: The project will explore the options for national certification for RAC technicians and permanent training courses.

Uzbekistan: To ensure sustainability of trainings for technicians the project is implementing the following:

  • A Training Center under the Tashkent State Technical University (TSTU) for technicians and students of the University has been established and equipped with office and technical equipment;  
  • 5 instructors from Uzbekistan completed international ToT organized by the Project Regional Component in Italy;
  • A training manual for refrigeration technicians developed and will be published. The Manual will be used by the trained instructors and the training center under the TSTU during the local trainings for 800 technicians, as well as for studies organized by the center.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Organization of the training for 100 refrigeration technicians in Belarus.
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association, Belarus Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: During 2016, 135 refrigeration technicians have been trained at the course arranged by Belarus APIMH. There is a demand for the trainings from professionals. History
3.2 The piloting of the curricula is expected in 2016 by Engineering – Pedagogical College of Dushanbe, Tajikistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/11/12]
Tajikistan Project Management Unit 2017/11 Completed Status updated in October 2017 as completed. The curriculum is introduced at the Engineering – Pedagogical College of Dushanbe, Tajikistan and in October 2017, the first two batch of students are already trained based on the curriculum introduced. Due date of the action updated in September 2017: The curriculum is introduced at the Engineering – Pedagogical College of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The first course is due to start in October 2017. New due date is set to November 2017 History
3.3 Ensure Government Certification of RAC sector specialists and permanent training courses in Ukraine
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/07/19]
State Ecological Academy, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ukraine Project Management Unit 2019/12 Initiated July 2017: Due date has been updated to June 2018. Postponed on the request of the GOU (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine) in view of pending project extension approval from UNDP GEF. New due date is set to 2019/12. History
3.4 Web site and relevant materials available on new technologies, practices, tools etc. in Ukraine
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/07/19]
RAC Association of Ukraine, Ukraine Project Management Unit 2019/12 Initiated July 2017: Due date has been updated to June 2018. Postponed on the request of the GOU (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine) in view of pending project extension approval from UNDP GEF. New due date is set to 2019/12. History
3.5 Publication of Training Manual for technicians in local languages (Russian and Uzbek) in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Training Manual for technicians completed in two languages (Russian and Uzbek) and published. History
3.6 Organization of trainings for 400 refrigeration technicians in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/10/03]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/09 Completed Completed in September 2017: Training Manual for technicians published in two languages (500 in Russian and 950 in Uzbek). By June 2017 trained 711 refrigeration technicians from 178 public and private enterprises of refrigeration sector of Uzbekistan. History
4. Recommendation:

General: In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (if ODS destruction project funds are to be used for Demonstration projects), where the pilot retrofit/replacement incentive program studies are to be started the approach to take within the funding available should be completed quickly and some project(s) initiated.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Tajikistan: The project is in the process of initiating bidding procedures for the pilot retrofit incentive program. The process is expected to be finalized before the end of the year.

Uzbekistan: The project has developed an action plan in case of implementation of the ODS destruction component is not feasible. The decision will be made by the Project Board (PB) during the next PB meeting to be held on September 23, 2016.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Pilot retrofit incentive program in Tajikistan is completed.
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/08/28]
Tajikistan Project Management Unit 2017/08 Completed Update in February 2017 on the due date to be amended as April 2017: The pilot retrofit incentive program in Tajikistan is fully underway. The tenders for equipment supply and installation were completed at the end of 2016. The supplier of equipment is expected to deliver them in mid-February, then, installation of the equipment will immediately start to be completed in March 2017. The program is almost completed but due to warranty period, the due date is updated to 2017/08. Update in August 2017: Action 4.1 is completed: The installation and start-up of equipment has been completed at all selected social entities. Official opening ceremony at one of the social entities (local orphanage) with participation of the UNDP CO Senior Management will be held at the end of September 2017. History
4.2 Organization of the Project Board Meeting and update of the project Annual Work Plan and budget based on the decision for ODS waste destruction in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: 3rd Project Board was conducted at 23 September 2016 where decision made for ODS waste destruction in Uzbekistan and project Annual Work Plan and budget updated by October 2016. Next 4th Project Board Meeting to be conducted on December 27, 2106. History
5. Recommendation:

Customs: Countries may want to consider discussing with Customs about ODS import documents being approved by NOU/responsible body of environment before Customs releases consignment. The data from each transaction can be entered into a database maintained by the environment body and reviewed regularly to see how a company is performing vis a vis it’s annual quota.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Belarus: The project in cooperation with Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association will promote close cooperation between State Customs Committee and Ministry of environment though project events, development of follow-up activities after the project completion, which will involve both parties.

Tajikistan: As per the new ODS regulation, the Committee, in collaboration with the Customs, should keep track of license issuance for import/export/re-export of ODS.

Ukraine: The project will advocate for the development of draft law on ODS management.

Uzbekistan: The data from each transaction is entered into the database maintained by the State Committee for Nature Protection (SCNP) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which is in line with current ODS import/export regulations of Uzbekistan. Discussions on the improvement of the cooperation between the State Customs Committee (SCC) and the SCNP organized on a regular basis. In addition, a “single window” system was developed in the framework of such cooperation. By using the system, a state or business entity that wants to manufacture/ import of ODS/ODS containing equipment can now address a request directly to the SCNP and receive an on-line respond. The project will further organize follow-up discussions with the SCC and SCNP to improve the cooperation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Development of proposals for follow-up activities on Customs about ODS import in Belarus
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association, Belarus Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Ministry of Environment and State Custom Committee agreed about exchange of information on import/ export of ODS and ODS-containing equipment. History
5.2 The Committee on environmental protection of Tajikistan, in collaboration with the Statistics agency, is to develop a data template for enterprises using ODS
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
The Committee for Environmental Protection in Tajikistan, Tajikistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: The data template for enterprises using ODS was validated by the Protocol #7 of the Statistics Agency as of 17 November 2016. History
5.3 Draft law of Ukraine on protection the ozone layer to be adopted in order to regulate the relations between state bodies in ODS management
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/07/19]
Parliament of Ukraine, Ukraine Project Management Unit 2019/12 Initiated Comment received on July 2017: The amendment process of draft law to regulate the relations between state bodies in ODS management is still pending and new due date is set to June 2018. Draft law has been finalized by the Ministry of Ecology and Resources and have been reviewed and agreed by line Ministries. It will be formally submitted to the Cabinet of Minster for further submission to the Parliament for voting. New due date is set to 2019/12. History
5.4 Organization a follow-up meeting of SCNP and SCC to discuss improvement of interagency cooperation in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Organized meeting with representatives of SCNP and SCC in September 2016 and discussed interagency cooperation between of SCNP and SCC. History
6. Recommendation:

Legislation/Regulations: Following Legislation/Regulations should be considered to be put in place:

a. Countries should consider bans on import of single use cylinders. In Belarus, legislation has been put in place to ban import of single use cylinders and it has come into effect from January 2016. A follow up should be maintained to ensure that importers are aware that their purchase orders for refrigerant include this requirement, particularly from Chinese suppliers.

b. All countries should implement a ban on equipment containing or working on ODS at the earliest possible to reduce the service tail for HCFCs.

c. Current regulations address ODS only when issuing operating licenses to companies.The regulation should be amended to include all refrigerants, since hydrocarbons, ammonia and other flammable refrigerants will/are coming into the market.

d. Regulations related to waste from production and use should be amended to include End of Life (EOL) equipment.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Belarus: The project in cooperation with Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association will continue communication with the Ministry of environment and representatives of industries on development of recommendations for improvement of the national legislation.

Tajikistan: As per the new ODS regulation, Tajikistan has banned single use cylinders containing ODS with capacity over 15kg. As per the new ODS regulation importing of equipment and goods containing ODS is banned as of 1 January 2017.

Ukraine: The project will closely follow-up legislation process on the protection of the ozone layer.

Uzbekistan: The project will organize meetings and discussions with the State Committee for Nature Protection and other key national project partners to discuss the recommendations by the mid-term evaluation and the improvement of the acting legislation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Organization of discussions with Ministry of environment and representatives of industries on development of recommendations for improvement of acting legislation in Belarus
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association, Belarus Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Belarussian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association developed a proposal for changes in legislation related to collection and reuse of ODS and improvement of control of ODS-containing equipment to be dismantled; and submitted to the Ministry of Environment. At the final meeting of the project in Belarus (national component) on 21 December 2016, participants of the meeting came with proposal to Ministry of Environment to adjust existing technical norms for further promotion of use of natural refrigerants, including ammonia and hydrocarbons. History
6.2 Draft law of Ukraine on protection the ozone layer to be amended
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/07/19]
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ukraine Project Management Unit 2018/06 Completed In progress: TOR for National Consultant developed and agreed with Ministry of Ecology. Draft law should be amended with latest Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (on F-gases, 15 October 2016) and EU directives on F-gases. Consultant selected. New due date is set to June 2017. Comment received in July 2017: The amendment process of draft law on protection of Ozone layer is still pending and new due date is set to June 2018. The Draft Law including the Kigali amendment consideration have been cleared by all relevant ministries of Ukraine and has been prepared for formal submission to the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine for consequent submission to the Parliament. The Project supported the Ministry through the dedicated legal consultant who coordinated the overall clearance process with the GOU. History
6.3 Organization of discussions of further actions on improvement of the national legislation on ODS import/export, including possible measures on the MTR recommendations during next PB meeting
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/11 Completed Completed: UNDP recruited a Legislative Affairs Consultant who supporting the State Committee for Nature Protection in review acting national legislation on ODS import export and development amendments for them. Currently recommendations and amendments on improvement of the national legislation on ODS import export developed and under Governments consideration. History
6.4 Recruitment of Legislative Affairs Consultant and development of proposal/ recommendation for further improvement of the national legislation
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/07/06]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/09 Completed Completed in July 2017: Legislative Affairs Consultant was recruited and supported the project and national partners in review of existing international and acting local legislation related to ozone layer protection. New regulatory measures have been introduced through reinforcement of the existing legislation: the draft Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On introduction of amendments to the Law On Atmosphere Air Protection" and draft Government Resolution introducing amendments to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers “On the improvement of regulations concerning import to the Republic of Uzbekistan and export from the Republic of Uzbekistan of ozone-depleting substances and products containing them (Decree ?247, November 11, 2005). These proposals are now under consideration of the Government. History
7. Recommendation:

Follow Up: All countries are facing problems importing HCFC standards for their gas analysers. It is believed that Turkey has been able to develop a methodology for import of these standards. The information should be obtained and disseminated to all the partner countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Regional: Regional component will communicate with Istanbul Customs Laboratory (ICS) under Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade, and obtain practical information on the methodology how Istanbul Customs Laboratory imports HCFC standards for gas analyzers and collect contact information on potential vendors of HCFC standards.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Disseminate the information on ICS’ methodology for import of HCFC standards for gas analyzers to all the partner countries.
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Regional Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Communicated with Istanbul Customs Laboratory (under Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade) and information received related to import of HCFC standards was disseminated to the project countries to be shared with relevant Customs authorities. History
8. Recommendation:

Follow Up: In Belarus, close follow up should be maintained with MAZ-Kupava, the company which is implementing a foam project, to ensure that payments are made to the equipment supplier on time and the equipment is installed and commissioned before the end of the year.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Belarus: The project is in close cooperation with MAZ-Kupava. Up to now the enterprise has been paid for development of the design project and state approval procedure. The payment for the equipment will be provided through MAZ (MAZ-Kupava is a members of the holding of MAZ). All necessary documents and amendments to the original contract are signed. Payments should be transferred to Afros by the end of September, 2016. Due to delays with construction part of the project the installation and commissioning of the equipment is expected in February, 2017.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Monitoring of the process of the transfer of payments for equipment and construction work
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/07/06]
Belarus Project Management Unit 2017/07 Completed Update in February 2017 on the due date to be amended as July 2017: Currently all equipment procured within the project has been transferred to final beneficiaries. All necessary documents and amendments are signed. - Due to delays with construction stage of the project at MAZ-Kupava enterprise, the commissioning of the equipment and safety audit is expected in March, 2017. - The implementation of demonstration project on natural refrigerants Development and introduction of a low charge ammonia refrigeration system for air conditioning in an administrative building of MyasoMolMontazh OJSC is delayed due to winter weather conditions (temperatures below + 4°C), as filling the system with refrigerant and coolant (ammonia) was not possible due to safety reasons so this assignment will be completed on warmer weather conditions. Therefore following assignments are expected to be completed by supplier not later than 31st of May, 2017: load testing (start-up and adjustment testing) of installed equipment and taking the chiller system into operation. Completed in July 2017: Currently all equipment procured within the project has been transferred to final beneficiaries. All necessary documents and amendments are signed. - At the MAZ-Kupava enterprise, installation of equipment was completed, safety audit was carried out, the first production was released, and technological modes of operation were being tested. - Implementation of a demonstration project on natural refrigerants. The development and implementation of a low-capacity ammonia cooling system for air conditioning in the administrative building of OJSC "MeatMolMontage" has been completed. The system is filled with refrigerant (ammoia), load testing (commissioning and testing) of the installed equipment is done and the chillers system is in operation. History
9. Recommendation:

Follow Up: The demonstration projects in all countries should be followed till completion and documentation made of the technical issues and resolutions and lessons learnt for wider dissemination nationally and with other countries in the region.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Regional: Regarding the regional communication/dissemination for demonstration projects, regional component will collect the project specific information, lessons learnt and other related reports provided by countries’ project teams and will disseminate them in regional/global meetings such as UNEP ECA Network, Thematic HPMP meetings and other related conference/workshops and through the capacity of Istanbul Regional Hub in the region.

Belarus: The implementation of demonstration has been initiated and some of the projects have been completed already. Up to now for the completed projects the monitoring data on technical issues is collected and analyzed for further presentation and dissemination. For the project which are in the progress of implementation, monitoring data will be collected after the commissioning.  Belarus’ experience will be shared during Thematic HPMP meetings, Regional Network workshops, final conference and other relevant events.

Tajikistan: Previously, a number of PR materials including the project’s national technical advisor’s interview were submitted to UNEP ECA Network and the project will continue to promote the dissemination of lessons learnt.

Ukraine: Lessons learnt for Polyfoam system house will be disseminated both at national and regional level.

Uzbekistan: The implementation of demonstration projects has been initiated and all relevant documentations are being filed. The technical issues with resolutions and lessons learnt will be developed after completion of implementation for replication of those projects within Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan’s experience will be shared during Thematic HPMP meetings and Regional Network workshops.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 Regional dissemination of lessons learnt for demonstration projects in regional meetings (UNEP ECA Network Meeting)
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/06/29]
Regional Project Management Unit 2018/07 Completed Regional component has supported dissemination of demonstration projects at Annual ECA Network Meeting and Regional Customs Cooperation Meeting in Turkmenistan (May 2016), Thematic meeting on HCFC Phase out in Moldova, (October 2016), Annual ECA Network Meeting in Macedonia FYR, (May 2017), Thematic meeting on HCFC Phase out in Georgia, (October 2017), Annual ECA Network Meeting in Macedonia FYR, (May 2017), Annual ECA Network Meeting in Spain, (June 2018), ATMOsphere Europe Conference on natural refrigerants, Berlin-Germany, (September 2017) History
9.2 Collection of monitoring data on technical issues and lessons leant for demonstration projects in Belarus and their dissemination
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2016/12/28]
Belarus Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: At the final seminar on the project in Belarus (national component) on 21 December 2016 project results have been presented. Delegation from Ukraine visited Belarus on 15 December 2016 for exchange of experience of training of refrigeration technicians. The informational booklet about project activities and main results have been published in December 2016 and will be distributed among stakeholders in 2017. Due to delays with implementation of demo-projects (MAZ-Kupava and demo project on installation of ammonia refrigeration system for air conditioning), data on efficiency of exploitation will be collected and analyzed after fully commissioning of the projects in 2017. History
9.3 An article on successful implementation of the free cooling technology in Tajikistan will be published in UNDP-GEF Publication
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2017/12/27]
Tajikistan Project Management Unit 2017/12 Completed In progress: The article on successful implementation of the free cooling technology in Tajikistan was submitted for UNDP-GEF Publication of 25th anniversary. As other project countries also submitted stories for this publication, editor of the publication decided to publish stories from Belarus only, due to space limitations. Unpublished stories will be disseminated through other channels. Due date is set to June 2017. Comment received in July 2017: In the context of 30th year celebrations of Montreal protocol, unpublished stories collected for UNDP-GEF publication will be considered for further dissemination during the last quarter of 2017. New due date is set to December 2017. Action completed as of December 2017; The article on free cooling technology in Tajikistan has been published as a case study in the UNDP Publication, “30 Years of Montreal Protocol: Past Successes and Future Opportunities”. The publication has been presented during the 29th MOP of Montreal Protocol held in Montreal, Canada in November 2017. History
9.4 National and regional dissemination of lessons learnt for investment project at Polyfoam system house
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2019/05/02]
Ukraine Project Management Unit 2019/12 Initiated Due date changed to December 2019 due to postponing of the handover protocol signature to the first quarter of 2019. Polyfoam company has not utilized R141 and the Company has confirmed full utilization of the R 141 on 9 January 2019. History
9.5 Dissemination of lessons learnt within the country via trainings/workshops/seminars in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/06/29]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2018/07 Completed Project has completed implementation of 5 demonstration projects. Results, best practices and lessons learned codified and reported. Results of demo-project have been disseminated in the UN Environment OzonAction ECA Network Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia (2017) and the Regional Project Meeting in Minsk, Belarus (2017). Also, representatives of CIS countries – GEF Focal Points visited the project site of the demonstration project on replacement of HCFC based chillers to ammonia based ones) during the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop – Knowledge Day, 29 September where project experience was introduced. Project also developed a Case Study on results of demonstration project on replacement of outdated chillers running on HCFC 22 with low charged ammonia chillers in the Republican Research Center for Emergency Medicine in Tashkent. The Case Study was selected to be presented in the ATMOSPHERE Europe 2018 Conference on November 2018 in Italy. History
10. Recommendation:

Follow Up: Maintain a follow up on the Recovery/Recycling centers to find out how they are operating and have them report on the quantities recovered and recycled on a quarterly/half yearly basis.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/23] [Last Updated: 2016/10/13]

Belarus: The equipment and tools have been transferred to Recovery/Recycling centers. The centers are obliged to report on quantity of recovered refrigerants annually to the Ministry of environment.

Tajikistan: The reporting mechanism was introduced by the RAC. R/R centers report to the RAC on a half yearly basis. Then, the RAC submits the report to the National Ozone Unit at the Committee for environmental protection.

Ukraine: Follow up on the Recovery/Recycling center will be maintained upon its being operational.

Uzbekistan: UNDP Uzbekistan will transfer equipment and tools to Recovery/Recycling (R/R) centers. The centers are obliged to report on quantities of recovered and recycled refrigerants on a quarterly basis. In addition, the project with the representatives of the SCNP will conduct monitoring visits at least twice a year

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Collection and analysis of reports by R/R centers on quantities of recovered/recycled refrigerants in Belarus
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/02/16]
Ministry of environment of Republic in Belarus, Belarus Project Management Unit 2018/02 Completed Status update in February 2018 as completed: Belarus has established service centers for the collection and reuse of HCFCs and HFCs. The reports for collection and analysis of R/R centers on quantities of recovered/recycled refrigerants in Belarus are available. In 2017, employees of regional service centers completed 826 orders, 8.2 tons of refrigerant were recovered from refrigeration and air conditioning systems, 4.2 tons of refrigerant were recycled and refilled, and about 4 tons of refrigerant was recovered for further use in other systems. The Center for Analytical Quality Control of Freons BSTU has performed more than 220 analyzes of qualitative determination of the composition of refrigerants. History
10.2 First Recovery/Recycling center is fully operational
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/07/19]
Ukraine Project Management Unit 2019/12 Initiated Comment received in July 2017: Due date has been updated to June 2018. Postponed on the request of the GOU in view of project revision. New due date is set to 2019/12. History
10.3 Collection and analyzing reports by R/R centers on quantities of recovered/recycled refrigerants and monitoring visits to R/R centers
[Added: 2016/10/13] [Last Updated: 2018/06/29]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2018/06 Completed 5 sets of specialized tools/equipment (10 types) for 5 ODS recovery and recycling (R/R) centers in 5 regions of Uzbekistan and 1 set of reclaim equipment have been transferred to 6 R/R/R centers established within the project. 100 enterprises (service companies and small-scale manufacturers) were provided with 125 sets/17 types of service equipment. Project has developed the first of its kind an Online Reporting System (report.o3.uz) for collection and analyzing ODS/ODS alternatives consumption in Uzbekistan. 100 public and private enterprises of refrigeration servicing sector, including 6 R/R/R center, are reporting on refrigerants consumption on a quarterly basis. Project has recruited Monitoring Specialist under UNV modality who has been ensuring implementation of quarterly based M&E activities. History

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