The United National Development Programme (UNDP) with GEF assistance as a donor fund has been implementing a regional Full-sized Project (FSP) in four non-Article 5 countries with economies in transition (CEITs) in Europe and Central Asia. The project was intended to assist these countries (Belarus, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) in maintaining or, where applicable, attaining compliance, with their Montreal Protocol obligations for HCFC phase out under GEF-4 Strategic HCFC phase-out Programmes to reach 2015 HCFC phase-out targets, particularly noting the accelerated HCFC phase out requirements adopted by MOP 19.
Resulting from this FSP “Initial Implementation of Accelerated HCFC Phase-out in the CEIT Region project”, UNDP/GEF assisted Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine in implementation of adopted HCFC phase-out strategies, including improvement of national ODS Phase-out legislations, addressed capacity development and investment assistance for ODS users, as well as demonstration of an alternative and energy efficient technologies using natural ODS-free and Low GWP refrigerants. Started establishment of ODS re-use systems in order to reduce dependence on imported ODS during the transition to non-ODS technologies, and ODS waste management systems, which provided implementation of country specific measures and activities needed for the partner countries to stay in compliance with the Montreal Protocol’s obligations.
As a follow-up stage, and in order to help Tajikistan reach 2020 phase-out targets and complete its HCFC phase-out strategy, UNDP is initiating design of the UNDP-GEF Medium Size Project “Complete HCFC Phase-out in Tajikistan through Promotion of zero ODS low GWP Energy Efficient Technologies” and development of the relevant Project Document to formulate packages of technical assistance and strengthening achievements for Tajikistan. The new Project Document should include technical assistance for strengthening national capacity in the process of total phase-out of ozone-depleting substances, and transition to non-ODS and low GWP technologies, institutional regulatory components and, further improvement of the national capacity on ODS re-use and ODS waste management. Then, the Project Document will be submitted for the consideration of the GEF.