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62nd Meeting of ExCom Approves ODS Destruction Project

23 December 2010: The 62nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol convened in Montreal, Canada, from 29 November-3 December 2010. For the first time, the ExCom considered and approved a large number of HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs), in line with the HCFC guidelines adopted at its 60th meeting.

The ExCom also took a decision reiterating that the inclusion of institutional strengthening funding in HPMPs is subject to the performance-based targets, and reminding Article 5 countries that institutional strengthening funding remains available as stand-alone projects. The ExCom also approved a pilot demonstration project on ozone depleting substance (ODS) waste management and disposal in Cuba, which is expected to provide lessons for future ODS disposal projects. The ExCom approved US$525,200 to destroy a total of 45.3 metric tonnes of ODS waste. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) also introduced a concept paper on ODS destruction highlighting a proposed pilot ODS destruction project in Mexico, to be sustained through co-financing and a revolving fund. UNIDO was encouraged to submit the ODS destruction pilot project for Mexico, following the guidelines on ODS disposal demonstration projects.

The ExCom also considered a report on the trial version of the Multilateral Fund Climate Impact Indicator (MCII), which had recently been posted on the Fund Secretariat's intranet website for download. Delegates noted the MCII appeared highly complex and suggested simplification. The ExCom agreed to defer consideration of the MC11 until its 63rd meeting. [Report of the 62nd ExCom]