Launch of the Kigali Amendment Implementation Plan in Chile

Date: 17 June 2024
Launch of the Kigali Amendment Implementation Plan in Chile
Launch of the Kigali Amendment Implementation Plan in Chile
Launch of the Kigali Amendment Implementation Plan in Chile
The launch of the Kigali Amendment Implementation Plan (KIP) was celebrated in Chile from 28 to 30 May 2024. This initiative is crucial for the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the country according to the Montreal Protocol schedule. Participants included several key stakeholders such as customs representatives, refrigeration associations, and technical and vocational institutes, among others. Additionally, the launch was attended by Mr. Carlos Andrés Hernández, Officer for the Montreal Protocol (UNDP), and Agustín Sánchez, International Expert (UNDP), both representing the leading agency UNDP. Mr. Marco Pinzón, UNEP OzonAction’s Regional Network Coordinator for Latin America, was also present.

In addition to participating in the KIP launch, Mr. Pinzón had the opportunity to visit and dialogue with various relevant public and private institutions. He said, "This visit has been fundamental for strengthening relationships and cooperation between the institutions responsible for implementing the Montreal Protocol and controlling the trade of HFCs (and other controlled substances) in Chile, such as the National Customs Service.  2024 is the first control date for HFCs, and customs must update their systems to control the trade of HFCs, mixtures, and dependent equipment.  Additionally, they need to train in the management of quotas according to the corresponding regulations."  The customs component is of vital importance in the implementation of the Kigali Amendment and generally in the Montreal Protocol. The relationship between the Ministry of the Environment, responsible for implementing the Montreal Protocol, and the National Customs Service, responsible for trade controls, is essential for the success of this HFC reduction strategy. "Chile has a long-standing relationship with these institutions, and these types of projects are fundamental to further strengthen this collaboration," added Pinzón.

With the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment, simultaneous control of HFCs and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) is required, which represents a significant challenge. However, cooperation between the Ministry of the Environment and the National Customs Service will ensure effective and coordinated implementation of the new regulations. These joint efforts will not only contribute to the reduction of harmful substances for the environment but will also strengthen Chile's capacity to meet its international commitments in terms of climate protection. UNEP will continue to support Chile and other countries in the region in the implementation of the Kigali Amendment, reaffirming its commitment to environmental protection and the fight against climate change.

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