The Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) together with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) have been working along with a Technical Committee set up to develop energy labelling standards for refrigerators and air-conditioners since 2019. Although the work of the Technical Committee was impacted by the global pandemic, significant advancements have been made with the development of these standards. In the case of the energy labelling standards for refrigerators, this standard has gone through all the stages of development and is now ready for approval and publishing by the Council of the GDBS. The Energy labelling standard for the ACs on the other hand has just completed the period for public comments. This would bring to four, the number of standards developed by the GDBS for the RAC sector in Grenada.

The GDBS and the NOU has organised a Virtual Stakeholder consultation to afford one more opportunity to RAC stakeholders in Grenada to have their final contribution to the draft standard for ACs. This consultation would take place on Friday 10th September, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The NOU is encouraging all RAC stakeholders to participate in this very important consultation, particularly, importers of RAC equipment.

The link for the consultation can be obtained from the National Ozone Unit. Please contact the NOU at nou@gov.gd or smithld31@gmail.com or telephone 435 8708.

The project preparation report for Grenada’s HCFC Phaseout Management Plan (HPMP) Stage II is well on the way with the completion of the data collection survey. Over a four month period stakeholders of the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada were engaged in a data collection process on consumption of ozone depleting substances and related equipment.

During a stakeholder consultation and data validation workshop held on August 24th, 2021, lead consultant, Mrs. Terah Antoine presented a summary of the findings to the participants. Participants included a wide cross section of stakeholders representing the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians, importers of refrigerants and RAC equipment, Customs Officers, Ministry of Trade Officials, training institutions, the Grenada Bureau of Standards and the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority.

Several significant observations were made from the data presented. Less than 20% of the total refrigerants imported into Grenada are ozone depleting substance (ODS), HCFC-22. This was not the case in 2009 when the last HPMP data survey was conducted that indicated HCFC 22 was the dominant refrigerant imported at the time. Of greater significance is the revelation that the the stocks of installed HCFC 22 equipment has been reduced from just under 19,000 pieces of equipment in 2009 to less than 500 pieces in 2021. This has been the main driver towards the drastic reduction in the dependence of R-22 refrigerants for the servicing of these equipment. HCFCs have been predominantly used for servicing air-conditioning systems (mini-splits and commercial ducted) and commercial refrigeration systems.

The replacement refrigerants have been the hydrofluoroacarbons (HFCs) with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP). There is also evidence of increasing trends in the use of natural refrigerants, R-600A in the domestic refrigeration sub-sector together with R-290 and the low global warming potential (GWP), R-32 in unitary split AC systems.

Several factors can be attributed for the significant reduction in the HCFC equipment. Among the main reasons is the role played by the NOU in promoting alternative ozone friendly technologies through its public awareness and education activities and capacity development for RAC technicians. The private sector and RAC technicians have also played a major role in offering incentives to replace HCFC equipment, discontinuation of imports of HCFC equipment and providing up to date information to end-users in making information decision on technology choices.

The consumption data indicates that Grenada has already phased out approximately 79% of ODSs relative to the baseline established in 2010. This results means that the country is ahead of the Montreal Protocol targets for 2020 (35% reduction) and 2025 (67.5% reduction) and well on the way to a complete phase outline before 2030.

The National Ozone Unit (NOU), Grenada recently published Grenada’s National Cooling Action Plan (NCAP) to signal early and ambitious actions as a signatory to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Work on the NCAP began in 2018 as part of the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project with support from GIZ Proklima.

The overarching objective of this NCAP is to reduce the direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector and create a stronger and more sustainable energy and building infrastructure. 

The NCAP in its undertakings establishes a strong linkage with Grenada’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for synergistic and mutual achievements of the country’s Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement commitments, as well as, contributing to meeting the country’s 2035 sustainable development goals.

The Grenada NCAP has been developed utilizing information acquired from a comprehensive GHG inventory of the RAC sector and the inclusive contributions of all RAC stakeholders. This plan constitutes the core implementation activities that Grenada would undertake to promote its green and sustainable cooling initiatives under six broad headings. The successful implementation of the NCAP is expected to contribute to the global efforts and targets of the Kigali Amendment, to reduce global atmospheric temperature by 0.4°C by the end of this century. 

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http://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/10133/grenada_highlights_natrefs_in_new_national_cooling_action_plan

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http://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/10137/midea_r290_room_acs_now_available_for_sale_in_europe?fbclid=IwAR2gCSzbWtMT3GLvvewu0FzCmWpelh0IwFhEV3j0oewHlj_UJeklJrPIgRI

The National Ozone Unit (NOU), Grenada has organised a Joint Virtual stakeholder Meeting and Data Validation Workshop to present the findings and a summary of data collected and the verification of consumption data for HCFC’s (R-22).


This consultation and validation workshop would engage all the key stakeholders of the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada.


The input of all stakeholders is key to the development of the plan of action for the phase down of the remaining ozone depleting substances in Grenada.


An invitation is extended to all refrigeration and air-conditioning stakeholders (inclusive of importers and technicians) in Grenada to attend this very important consultation on Tuesday August 24th, 2021, at 9:30 am.

Please contact the NOU at telephone number 435 8708 0r nou@gov.d for the link tothe meeting.

Private sector entities interested in obtaining up to 6 Green Acs using natural refrigerants can submit their proposals by completing the application form at the following link: https://climatefinance.gov.gd/embedded-pdf/solarac/

Today’s Cooling Champion is Marah St. John .

Today’s Cooling Champion is Kelly-Ann Telesford

Today’s Cooling Champion is Jamie St. John of Viking Engineering Co. Ltd.

Today’s Cooling Champion is Tasha Persue-Francis – Operations manager at Total Engineering Co. Ltd

Join the Webinar tomorrow and get a sneak preview of the Cooling Champions in Grenada.

Joi here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89862832395?pwd=S3FxdUJOQzJWOHhGSitFeWZUZllQdz09

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Grenada, together with the German Cooperation Agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organized an online workshop to present the findings of an Analysis of ozone depleting substances (ODS)/refrigerants stored in equipment and cylinders and feasible technologies for their end-of-life (EOL) treatment in Grenada. The development of this study is an initiative under the Sustainable and climate-friendly Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) project.

This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday June 22nd, 2021 from  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Grenada), 3:00-6:00 pm CEST/UTC+2 (Germany), via Microsoft Teams. It is aimed at providing a comprehensive analysis of ODS banks in Grenada and the development of a concept for end-of-life (EOL) treatment by proposing a structured collection system, identifying feasible technology options for disposal and destruction along with review of existing disposal policies and legislation. 

All stakeholders of the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada, an invitation is extended to you to participate in this important workshop. Please register beforehand to receive the MS Teams link for the workshop at the following link:

https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/registration-spods-grenada-stakeholder-workshop

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