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Day 1 - Monday 10th February 2003

09.00 Registration

10.00 Opening of the conference
Chaired by Peter Gammeltoft, DG Environment

10.00 Welcoming speech: Importance of reducing greenhouse gases from automotive sector
Margot Wallström, Environment Commissioner

10.20 Meeting customer demand and reducing the environmental impact of air conditioning - industry responsibility
Ivan Hodac, General Secretary of the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and Ralf Bergner, Chief Executive of the European Association of the Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)

10.40 The Importance of Mobile Air Conditioners to Climate Protection
Stephen O. Andersen, US Environmental Protection Agency

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Session 1: Environmental Challenge of Mobile Air Conditioners
Chaired by Ward Atkinson (Sun Test)

11.30 Leakage of HFCs during the manufacturing, operation, maintenance and end-of-life of MACs
Presented by Denis Clodic (Ecole des Mines) and Jochen Harnisch (Ecofys)

12.30 Lunch: Global trends in Mobile Air Conditioning
Ron Henselmans (Automotive Air-conditioning Reporter)

14.00 Fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions due to MACs
Presented by Rob Farrington (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

14.50 Regulatory strategy for including MAC fuel consumption in vehicle fuel efficiency standards
Presented by Raymond Gense (TNO)

15.20 Coffee break

15.40 Life-Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) of MACs
Presented by Matti Vainio (European Commission)

16.20 Session 2: Response to greenhouse gas emissions from MACs
Chaired by David Smith-Tilley (Global Insight - DRI Automotive)

16.20 NGO's views.
Presented by Jason Anderson (Climate Action Network Europe), Roland Hwang (Natural Resources Defense Council, US), Kimiko Hirata (Kiko Network, Japan).

16.40 Regulator' response to greenhouse gas emissions from MACs

In this session, environmental authorities will spotlight their most important insights from the earlier presentations and will describe actions they have taken or are currently thinking of taking to reduce or eliminate leakage of HFC-134a and to reduce CO2 emissions from MAC fuel use. The following have confirmed their availability: Stephen O. Andersen (US EPA), Philip Callaghan (European Commission), Rolf Engelhart (German EPA), Frank Jensen (Danish EPA), Blaise Horisberger (Swiss EPA), Shaofeng Hu (UNEP), Koichiro Kakee (METI, Japan), Paul Krajnik (Ministry of Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment), Kevin Nesbitt (California Air Resources Board), Maria Nolan (UK DEFRA), Greg Picker (Australian Greenhouse Office).

18.00 End of programme for Day 1

20.00 Conference dinner
At Hotel Astoria (rue Royale 103, Brussels) hosted by the European Commission.


Day 2 - Tuesday 11th February 2003

9.00 Session 3: Industry perspective on reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from MACs
Chaired by Jostein Pettersen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

9.00 "Fuel-efficient, leak-tight HFC-134a systems through design and quality components"
Presented by Hans Fernqvist (Volvo)

9.40 "Options to reduce emissions of HFC-134a during the manufacturing and distribution of the gas, during service/repair of MACs and at scrapping"
Presented by Jochen Harnisch (Ecofys) and Denis Clodic (Ecole des Mines)

10.20 New Technology: "HFC-152a as an alternative refrigerant"
Presented by William Hill (GM)

11.10 Coffee break

11.30 New Technology: "CO2 as an alternative refrigerant"
Presented by Robert Mager (BMW)

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Pros and cons of the options
Discussion based on the summary of the chair.

15.00 Session 4: Conclusions: The way forward
Chaired by Jos Delbeke, DG Environment

15.00 Regulatory perspective: What actions should be taken?
Discussion lead by the regulators with input from conference participants.

16.40 Conference closing
Jean-Paul Mingasson, Enterprise Directorate-General, Director General

17.00 End of the conference