Honorable Mr. Marco Gonzalez, the Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat,
Honorable Governor of Bali,
Honorable representatives of Parties to the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol,
Distinguised guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good morning to you all,

It is indeed a great honour and pleasure to welcome you all in Bali, the island of  Paradise, the place not only famous for its natural beauty, but also for its significance in the international environmental fora.

Bali has witnessed the defining moment of climate change negotiation through the adoption of Bali Roadmap and Bali Action Plan. Last year, Bali has also been the place in which Environmental Ministers gathered on the occasion of Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum Special Session of  UNEP.

It is therefore I welcome you all with optimism and enthusiasm as about the deliberations and the outcome of this important meeting. I fervently hope that just as the aforementioned meetings resulted in momentous outcomes, this meeting will result in significant outcome for our global efforts to protect the Ozone layer.

Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Indonesia views that the success of the Montreal Protocol to phase-out major Ozone Depletion Substances (ODS) is a good example on how international treaty can be implemented effectively and universally. The implementation of Montreal Protocol has resulted in quantified and scheduled phase-out of Ozone depleting substances consumption and production.

The success of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol can be attributed to the support and commitment of Parties in protecting the Ozone layer. The commitment with which Parties implement the Protocol can also serve as a model for other multilateral environmental agreements.

This, however, is not to say that we do not have tasks at hand. Some challenges are still remain and need to be addressed properly by the parties to ensure that our goal to  protect human health and the environment against adverse effects resulting from modifications of the Ozone layer can be attained in a sustainable manner.

Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

To fulfil our obligations under the Montreal Protocol, Indonesia has adopted various control measures.  Since 2007, Indonesia has phased-out CFCs in foam, refrigerants, aerosol, solvent, tobacco, halon and methyl bromide industry sectors. Indonesia has achieved this phase-out in advance of the control schedule of 2010.

Pursuant to the decision of the Meeting of the Parties in 2007 to accelerate the HCFC phase-out, Indonesia with the assistance of the Multilateral Fund and its implementing agencies, prepared HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP). This Plan has been approved by the Executive Committee to be implemented with the financial assistance from the Multilateral Fund.

Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

As we are all aware, eventhough HCFC has been decided as the alternative to CFC, the fact is that the substance has low ozone depletion potential (range from 5 to 12%) as well as high global warming potential. It means mitigation of Ozone depleting substance will contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emission. Similarly, certain high global warming potential alternatives to Ozone depleting substances are contributing to climate change. This poses a challenge for us to think and act in a comprehensive and holistic manner in the protection of the Ozone layer while at the same time addressing related adverse impacts on the climate system.

Having  voluntarily declared to reduce greenhouse gasses emissions by 26% from business as usual level in 2020 through national climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy, and up to 41% reduction with support from international community, whilst at the same time maintain 7% economic growth, Indonesia has shown its unswerving tread to protect the environment.
This is in line with the efforts done by international research agencies to find low global warming potential and energy efficient alternatives for Ozone depleting substances.

Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Indonesia perceives that HCFC phase-out acceleration should be done taking into account other related major environmental problem, namely global warming and climate change. Therefore, it is crucial to pave the way for synergy between Ozone depleting substances phase-out and global greenhouse gasses emission reduction for our benefits, and those of the future generation.

In light of this, it is in my view that this meeting can be, as the aforementioned environmental meetings held in Bali, a turning point towards the synergy and cooperation of multilateral environmental agreements, to enable them to achieve their objectives in a mutually supportive manner.

To conclude, I would like to note that success of this meeting cannot be sustained without continuous support from all of you. My heartfelt thanks, therefore, go to the all of the distinguished participants, the Ozone Secretariat, the organizer, the Provincial Government and the people of Bali, for their contributions in the organization of this meeting. I wish the participants a very fruitful and productive Meeting.

Bali, 21st November 2011

Prof. Dr. Balthasar Kambuaya, MBA
Minister for the Environment