Tech­no­lo­gy Road­show #4: R290 Split ACs – Per­spec­tives from Sup­p­liers, Users and Po­li­cy Ma­kers in Gre­na­da

EVENT18 MAY 2021, 3:00PM – 4:30PM UTC

Online

Join us on a virtual journey to climate- and ozone-friendly RAC systems in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Last stop: Grenada!

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In the last webinar of our virtual Technology Roadshow we will learn more about R290 Split ACs in Grenada. Suppliers, Users and Policy Makers on the islands express their views on this climate- and ozone-friendly alternative to conventional ACs.

Two companies distributing R290 Split ACs will talk about their choice for a natural refrigerant:

  • Grenz Concept: The company installed the first R290 unit in May 2019 in Grenada. Since then, customers have been very interested in the ACs, especially due to their high energy efficiency and the aspect that they are environmentally friendly. 
  • Modern Electrical Solution: Founded in 2012, the company quickly became a pioneer for solar energy in Grenada. To keep Grenada cool naturally, Modern Electrical Solutions decided to install R290 units to replace the refrigerant 410a. 

Aditionally, Leslie Smith, Head of Grenada’s National Ozone Unit (NOU), gives an overview of the advantages of Grenada’s  path to Green Cooling and how Grenada’s National Ozone Unit is is assisting companies like Grenz Concepts and Modern Electrial Solutions in training technicians in the safe use of hydrocarbons. 

View video presentations at the following link:

Agenda

TopicSpeaker
WelcomeGIZ
Grenz Concept: Distribution of R290 Split ACsGrenz Concept
Modern Electrical Solution: Distribution of R290 Split ACsModern Electrical Solution
The NOU in Grenada: Assistance with the conversion to natural refrigerantsLeslie Smith, Head of NOU Grenada

Language: English with simultaneous translation into SpanishLocationOnlineDate / Duration18 May 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm UTC

Local time: 

9:00-10:30 am (Costa Rica)10:00-11:30 am (Mexico & Colombia)11:00-12:30 am (Cuba, Paraguay, Grenada & Venezuela)5:00-6:30 pm (Germany)

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada will join the rest of the world in celebrating World Refrigeration Day 2021 – June 26th. #WREFD21. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World”.

The NOU as part of its celebrations to commemorate this day would host a webinar on the topic: Careers in Cooling in the Caribbean. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday June 24th, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. AST, via Zoom.

The webinar is intended to create awareness on career opportunities in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector for young persons, with a strong focus on females. It is also expected to stimulate interest that would lead to more persons getting involved in the RAC industry.

The feature presentation on the topic would be delivered by President of the ASHRAE Caribbean Chapter, Mr. Dev Maharaj. The Webinar would also have a special feature to be presented by the National Ozone Unit on “Cooling Champions: Female RAC technicians in Grenada”.

The invitation to participate is opened to all interested persons. More details on the agenda and meeting link would be provided soon.

Thursday May 27th, 2021. The National Ozone Unit (NOU) working along with a local consultant launched the official start of the Stage II HCFC Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) for Grenada at an inception workshop organised for stakeholders on Thursday May 27th 2021.

This succeeds activities implemented under the HPMP Stage I, initiated in 2010 with a planned target of 35% reduction in consumption of HCFC’s by 2020 in order to meet those commitments under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The implementation of the HPMP Stage I and II is supported by funding from the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol to assist Grenada in meeting its obligations under the Montreal Protocol. 

The Government of Grenada through the National Ozone Unit (NOU) is able to implement the HPMP with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as the lead implementing agency along with other cooperating agencies such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). 

The inception meeting brought together over 20 stakeholders involved in the RAC sector including, Customs and Excise, Department of Trade, the National Training Agency, importers, RAC technicians, training institutions such as the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), amongst other key stakeholders.

Remarks were delivered by the Regional Network Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Program, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP-ROLAC), Ms. Donnalyn Charles and Head of the National Ozone Unit, Mr Leslie Smith.

The launch of the meeting provided a recap of the implementation activities and status of Stage I, an outline of the objectives and expectations of the Stage II HPMP, as well as the presentation and piloting of the survey tools to be employed in the data collection process and preparation of the plan.

The main purpose of Stage II of the HCFC Phase Out Management Plan is to develop, in line with the overarching strategy defined in Stage I, a plan of action that would allow Grenada to meet the reduction levels in HCFC consumption, up to the 67.5 % baseline reduction by 2025, at a minimum.

The inception meting signalled the start of the data collection process as well as an analysis of the policies and legislation in place to support the phase out efforts and Montreal Protocol obligations.

National Ozone Unit, Grenada: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada together with the German Cooperation Agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organized an online training in the Safe use of Natural Refrigerants as part of Grenada’s initiatives under the Sustainable and Climate-friendly Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project. This training is organized primarily for technicians in Grenada, however an invitation has been extended to other HVAC technicians in the Caribbean.

The online training is scheduled for Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th June, 2021 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Grenada) or 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm CEST/UTC+2 (Germany), via Microsoft (MS) Teams. 

Interested technicians can register at the following link: https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/registration-spods-online-training and are encouraged to register beforehand to receive the MS Teams link for the training. The registration link provided also has additional details on the training as well as the agenda and topics to be covered.

GIZ Proklima and the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada have jointly organized the online training as a global measure to strengthen the capacity of technicians in the installation, maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning systems using natural refrigerants. 

This 2-day workshop, would be conducted by the German technical school for refrigeration and air-conditioning, Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik (BFS) and will provide comprehensive knowledge and promote a better understanding of the safe use of natural refrigerants in RAC equipment with both theoretical and practical content. 

Live demonstrations of best practices will be shown, with step by step procedures. Time is also set aside for questions and answers. 


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after their full participation over the two days.

For additional information, kindly contact the National Ozone Unit at: nou@gov.gd or smithld31@gmail.com or on telephone number (473) 435 8708.

Tuesday May 25th, 2010.

During day one of the Green Cooling Summit 2021 organised by GIZ, Head of the National Ozone Unit in Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith presented to the participants at the virtual Summit policy measures implemented by the Government of Grenada to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in line with it’s obligations under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and also commitments to the Paris Agreement.

Nidia Pabon, Columbia (top), Julia Schabel, Moderator, GIZ (bottom left), Leslie Smith, Grenada (bottom right)

As a policy decision, the National Ozone Unit has outlined measures for the country to leap-frog the global warming fluorinated gases (F-gases) used in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector and move directly towards the use of natural refrigerants with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) and very negligible global warming potential – (GWP) <3.

Mr. Smith outlined some of the policy measures and activities undertaken by Grenada, including:

(1) Establishment of standards

  • labelling of refrigerant containers
  • code of practice for the HVAC sector – including flammable refrigerants
  • energy efficiency labelling standards for refrigerating appliances (including minimum energy performance standards – MEPS)
  • energy efficiency labelling standards for split air-conditioning systems – including MEPS

(2) A licensing and quota system for refrigerants

(3) A Green Cooling Communication Strategy

(4) A Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the RAC sector

(5) Economic and fiscal incentives for natural refrigerant technologies

(6) Capacity Development and training for RAC technicians

(7) Establishment of a Regional Training Centre for Natural Refrigerant Technology at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC)

Among other ongoing activities identified were: A review and update of Montreal Protocol Act, an ODS banks inventory and the development of a project proposal for the early phaseout of the remaining ozone depleting substances.

He went on to add that for the first time F-gases and energy efficiency of HVAC equipment have been included in the review and update of the Nationally Determine Contributions (NDC) for Grenada.

The feature of Mr. Smith’s presentation however, was the pronouncement that the NOU under its proactive and ambitious actions intends “to make Grenada the first HFC-free island in the world” with the full implementation of the National Cooling Action Plan and other policy and legislative measures. HFCs are\a a group of man made chemicals that are super greenhouse gases used primarily as a refrigerant for refrigerating and air conditioning systems, that was introduced to replace ozone depleting substances such as CFCs and HCFCs.

Other highlights of the presentation gave recognition to Grenada as being the 37th Party out of 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol to ratify the Kigali Amendment; Grenada being the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have commercially available R-290 hydrocarbon unitary ACs for sale (since 2019); and the island amongst the highest percentage of trained technicians in natural refrigerant technologies (over 80%).

The Green CoolingSummit 2021 takes place from May 25 – 27 and is jointly organised by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Green Cooling Summit addresses how the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) according to the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol can best be implemented and accelerated politically and technically through the use of natural refrigerants and improved energy efficiency.

Tuesday May 25th, 2021:

Grenada Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage I which was launched in 2010 is quickly approaching its completion date of 2021. The HMPM Stage I, comprised of a plan of action to phase out up to 35% of consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS’s) by 2020. 

 At the 82nd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, funding was approved for Grenada to develop the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP)Stage II. The HPMP Stage II will seek to implement activities to phase out the remaining HCFC consumption and to introduce alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies.

 The main purpose of the HPMP Stage II is to develop a plan of action that would allow Grenada to meet the Montreal Protocol HCFC reduction target of 67.5% of the baseline by 2025. 

The United Nation Environment Programme-Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP-ROLAC) in conjunction with the National Ozone Unit, (NOU) has organized an inception meeting to launch the Preparation of the HCFC Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) Stage II, in Grenada.

This inception meeting is also intended to engage all stakeholders of the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada and will signal the launch the HPMP Stage II. The input of all stakeholders is key to the development of the plan of action.

All refrigeration and ai-conditioning stakeholders I Grenada is invited to attend this meeting on Thursday May 27, 2021, from 9:00 am – 1030 am

For additional information, kindly contact Mr. Leslie Smith at the National Ozone Unit at telephone number 435-8708 or email, nou@gov.gd   or  smithld31@gmail.com. You may also contact HPMP Coordinator, Mrs. Terah Antoine at terahantoine@gmail.com

The meeting can be joined at the following link: Click for meeting

Agenda (provisional)

TimeTopicPresenter
9:00 amPrayer 
9:05 amWelcome RemarksMrs. Terah Antoine, Facilitator
9: 10 amRemarks from the National Ozone Unit Mr. Leslie Smith National Ozone Officer 
9:20 amRemarks from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Ms. Donnalyn Charles Regional Coordinator, UNEP
9:30 amOverview and expectations HPMP IIMrs. Terah Antoine, Facilitator 
9:45Presentation of survey toolMr. Henry Frederick, HVAC Consultant
10:00 amQuestion and Answer  

Global emissions of CFC-11, the second most abundant ozone-depleting substance controlled by the Montreal Protocol, dropped sharply from 2018 to 2019. The drop is comparable to the emission increase that occurred from 2012 to 2017, which may have resulted from new, unreported production of the substance after the 2010 global production ban. The results indicate that the long-term downward trajectory of CFC-11 emissions has been restored and a substantial delay in ozone layer recovery from increased emissions has been avoided.

The global phase-out of production of CFCs and other substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol has caused the atmospheric concentration of ozone-depleting chlorine to decrease since 1994 by about 15%. CFC-11 alone has been the second largest individual contributor to the overall drop in atmospheric chlorine, accounting for about 4% of that decline. By 2013, however, global CFC-11 concentrations were observed to be declining more slowly. The slowdown was attributed to increased emissions, and about half of the global emission increase was coming from eastern Asia, suggesting new, unreported production of CFC-11 after the 2010 phase-out of this substance required under the Montreal Protocol.

Following the reported unexpected increase of emissions, in 2018 and 2019, the parties to the Montreal Protocol and individual countries renewed efforts to eliminate any CFC production and associated emissions to ensure the timely recovery of the ozone layer. Continued declines in atmospheric chlorine concentrations are required for stratospheric ozone to recover by the mid- to late-21st century.

Recent studies, based on analyses of global air measurements, show that five years after the CFC-11 emissions started to increase unexpectedly, they dropped sharply between 2018 and 2019.

High-quality monitoring networks and interpretive capabilities were key to drawing attention to this issue, thus enabling a response. Future observations may provide an understanding of compliance with the Montreal Protocol by continuing to track emissions of CFC-11, other ozone-depleting substances, and chemicals that influence climate, and by identifying other emerging issues relevant to the parties.

The National Ozone Unit extends heartiest congratulations to Ms. Meg Seki other appointment to the position of Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol.

Meg as she is referred too, has had a long and illustrious career in the Montreal Protocol community and has provided invaluable support, advice and assistance to the NOU, Grenada. We wish her well in her new role and look forward to strengthening the long-lasting and fruitful relationship appreciated over the years. CONGRATS Meg! All the best.

Meg’s work in ozone layer issues started in 1988. She worked in the interim ozone secretariat and was one of the three core staff members of the Ozone Secretariat when it was formally established in 1989. She was the first consultant that UNEP hired to prepare country programmes for Fiji, Ghana, Maldives, Syria, Uganda and Zambia, working with the respective country teams to prepare their first country programmes. Meg also worked as Regional Network Coordinator for South East Asia Ozone Officers’ Network between 1993 and 1994.

From 1994 and prior to re-joining the Ozone Secretariat in 2003 as Senior Scientific Officer, Meg worked in various parts of UNEP, including in the GEO team that prepared the first two issues of the Global Environment Outlook; in the Atmosphere Unit working climate, climate change and transboundary air pollution; and as Chief of Atmosphere and Desertification Conventions Unit on Climate and Desertification Conventions, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as on interlinkages among multilateral environmental agreements.

Meg has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.

Source: http://www.ozone.unep.org

National Ozone Unit, Friday March 26th, 2021. Refrigeration and air-conditioning stakeholders in Grenada would have the opportunity to review, comment and make suggestions on a Draft Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Bill that is intended to be established in 2021.

The Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Bill which covers several aspects of the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry will be the primary piece of legislation that would govern this sector. Several stakeholders have been invited to participate in a Virtual National Stakeholder Consultation organised by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in conjunction with Legal Consultant, Ms. Rosana John to review the Bill.

The Virtual Consultation is scheduled for Wednesday March 31st, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The Consultation would feature remarks from from the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the National Ozone Unit Ms.Patricia Clarke, the National Ozone Office, Mr.Leslie Smith and a representative from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. Ms. Rosana John would also outline the principal sections and sub-sections of the Bill.

Participants would have an opportunity to examine in detail the Sections of the Bill in working groups and provide feedback on the outcome of their group discussions. A second consultation would be held at a later date to validate the suggestions and proposals coming out of this consultation.

Some of the major Sections already identified in the Bill include:

  • Management of controlled substances
  • Restrictions on Imports and Exports of controlled substances
  • Retrofitting of equipment
  • Procedures for licensing of technicians and workshops
  • Standards for the storage of controlled substances
  • Standards for labelling
  • Offences and penalties among others

The Draft Bill has been prepared by Legal Consultant, Ms. Rosana John in consultation wit the National Ozone Unit and legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, Physical Development and Energy, Mr. Olinga Mitchell. This initiative is part of the Sustainable and Climate-friendly Phase-out Of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) project that is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), with the National Ozone Unit being the executing partner.

National Ozone Unit, Monday March 15th, 2021: Twelve (12) local refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians started an online training course in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) Design, Level 1 and level II conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) on Monday March 15th, 2021. The Level I course runs from March 15-19 and provides intensive, practical training ideal for recent technical or engineering school graduates, engineers new to the HVAC field, those who need a refresher in new technologies, and facility managers, sales representatives and others who want to gain a better understanding of HVAC fundamentals, equipment and systems.

The level I Course covers key areas such as:

  • Load calculation
  • Codes and Standards
  • Psychometrics
  • System selction
  • Commisioning
  • Design Process
  • Basic Design of Air Systems

The 12 participants were selected from private and public sector enterprises and includes HAVC technicians, engineers, instructors, building supervisors and facilities managers.

This training is an integral component of the Sustainable and climate-friendly Phase Out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) project. The SPODS project targets the needs of the countries for better access to technologies, finance, as well as technical support in building stronger in-country capacities. In summary, the project is geared towards assisting Grenada with its transformational processes in fulfilling its obligations under the Montreal Protocol related to the ozone depleting substances (ODS) phase-out and current hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) mitigation actions. 

ASHRAE is an American professional association seeking to advance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems design and construction. ASHRAE has more than 57,000 members in more than 132 countries worldwide.

The training is financed under the SPODS project funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the United nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in co-operation with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada.

National Ozone Unit, February 18th, 2021: The Sustainable and climate friendly Phaseout of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) project is a regional project implemented in Latin America and the Caribbean and is co-funded by the European Commission and the Government of Germany.

The SPODS project targets the needs of the countries for better access to technologies, finance, as well as technical support in building stronger in-country capacities. In summary, the project is geared towards assisting Latin American and Caribbean countries with their transformational processes in fulfilling their obligation under the Montreal Protocol related to the ODS phase-out and current HFC mitigation at the same time.  The project activities include:

  1. Country strategies for HFC mitigation actions;

2. Strategy for infrastructure to provide low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants;

3. Strategy for end of life treatment;

4. Training;

5. Identification and promotion of large-scale pilot project and

6. Communication. 

Grenada adopted two lines of actions of the six proposed actions covered in the SPODS project that are implemented in Coordination with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). These are:
1) Development of Strategies and pilot projects concepts on low-GWP refrigerants;
2) Potentially expand this activity to the region taking in consideration lessons learned.

A “Kick Off” Meeting was held on Thursday February 18th, 2021 to officially launch the start of the this component of the project. The meeting participants included representatives from the implementing agency – UNIDO, the project consultants, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) India, the National Ozone Unit and from private and public sector entities participating in the project. The development of pilot project concepts and proposals focuses on commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning in supermarkets and buildings respectively and industrial refrigeration in the fisheries sector.

The companies and facilities identified for the project by sub-sectors are:

RAC sub-sector Companies/Facilities 
Industrial (fisheries) refrigeration Gouyave Fish Market, Carriacou Fish Market
Commercial air-conditioning Ministerial Complex, Financial Complex, Ministry of Education Building 
Commercial (supermarkets) refrigeration Foodland, Food-fair, SOG, Kalico and  Real Value 

The Project Concepts are aimed at assessing the RAC technologies used at the facilities and at the same time proposing solutions to improving the energy efficiency of the RAC equipment. The ultimate goal is to reduce the direct and indirect emissions related to operating the cooling equipment at each of the facilities. Further the concepts can also be used to assist the facilities in attracting financing to implement the proposed measures for enhancing the technologies used and improving the energy efficiency of the equipment

Eric Pounder

The National Ozone Unit (NOU), Grenada joins the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Industry in Grenada in mourning the passing of one of the pioneers and senior statesman in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, Mr. Eric Pounder.

Mr. Pounder would be remembered for the introduction of cutting edge technologies and for being a major contributor to transforming the landscape of refrigeration and air conditioning in Grenada. He would be most remembered for his mentorship and for creating a platform and many opportunities and experiences for countless local technicians to learn and develop their professional skills through his company, CAN-LEC Engineering and in his latter years, at his HVAC training institution. When the history of the development of Grenada’s HVAC industry is written, the work of Mr. Eric Pounder MUST be duly recognised and appreciated.

May his soul rest in peace.

L-R: Genesta Charles, Ricardo Nicholas, Leslie Smith, Marlene Findlay

National Ozone Unit, February 02, 2021: Representatives of the Grenada National Training Agency (GNTA) met with the National Ozone Officer of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith to discuss and plan training and capacity development needs for refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians in Grenada.

Center to the discussion was the provision of training and certification of RAC technicians to the Level II and Level III Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) certification. Training is assessed and planned to also include the training of a number of technicians as instructors, assessors and verifiers for the NTA’s CVQ program.

The training is expected to begin as early as March 2021 with the assessment of prior learning (APL) of technicians. A total of twenty (20) technicians are earmarked to benefit from this initiative.

The CVQ is a CARICOM approved initiative that represents achievement of a set of competencies which define core work practices of an occupational area, consistent with the levels articulated within the regional qualifications framework.

To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM-approved occupational standards developed by practitioners and employers (i.e. the industry experts). These standards are organized in units. Candidates may earn unit awards towards achieving a complete CVQ. Some of the benefits the CVQ certification include:

  • Opportunity to be certified
  • Enhanced employability
  • Alternate routes to further/higher education
  • Parallel standing with academic qualifications
  • Real world of work experience
  • Higher earning potential
  • Recognised and Portable Qualification throughout CARICOM

Present at the meeting were: Ms. Gennesta Charles, Mr. Ricardo Nicholas and Mrs. Marlene Findlay form the NTA and National Ozone Officer in the National Ozone Unit, Mr. Leslie Smith

Grenada, one of several Latin American and Caribbean countries participating in the Sustainable and climate friendly Phase Out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project successfully completed a number of implementation activities in 200, notwithstanding the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Some of these activities included a Virtual technology Road Show, the development of a Green Cooling Communication Strategy, the production a radio jingle, an infomercial and four brochures on green cooling. The Green Cooling Initiative program of GIZ highlighted the major achievements of the partner countries under the SPODS project. More details can be found here: https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/news-media/news/news-detail/2020/12/10/lets-go-green-cool-vibes-for-the-new-year

Ms. Donnalyn Charles, Regional Cordinator, UNEP-Caribbean

The National Ozone Unit, Grenada extends sincere congratulations to Ms. Donnalyn Charles on her most recent achievement and appointment to the post of Montreal Protocol Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean.

The announcement was made by acting head of UNEP OzonAction James Curlin in a communique sent to National Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti on Monday December 14th, 2020. In his message he indicated, “Donna’s experience of more than 20 years with the Montreal Protocol compliance and implementation has been exceptional, and spans both the national and regional levels. It includes her tenure as Programme Officer within the Caribbean Network and most recently, Officer in Charge of the Caribbean CAP operations from March 2020. With Donna’s skills and intimate knowledge of the Region and needs of Caribbean countries vis-à-vis the Montreal Protocol, I am confident that she will take the Caribbean Regional Network to even greater heights in the years to come. With this change, our CAP team is in an even better position to help your countries successfully phase out HCFCs and meet the many new challenges under the Kigali Amendment”.

Ms. Charles was the UNEP CAP Programme Officer for Grenada. The NOU looks forward to strengthening the collaboration and co-operation with Ms. Charles and her team and extend best wishes to her for a successful tenure in office.

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