At a Press Conference held by the National Ozone Unit at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room on Thursday October 1st, 2009, two (2) local Refrigeration and Air-condition technicians who are selected by the National Ozone Unit to represent the Refrigeration and Air-condition industry, were presented with travel documents and course material to attend a three (3) day training workshop in Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Belize, from October 13th – 15th, 2009.

The two (2) technicians selected to attend the workshop are: Mr. Michael Cadore, Refrigeration and Air-condition lecturer at the T A Marryshow Community College and Mr. Henry Frederick attached to the Maintenance Department of the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The two technicians will leave Grenada on October 11th, 2009 for Belize City. This training workshop is part of the Terminal Phase-out Management for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) undertaken by Article V countries of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and is being organized by the National Ozone Unit of Belize in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC).

Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants have been identified as a viable replacement alternative for many CFC and hydroclorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants that have either high Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and/or high Global Warming Potential (GWP). Hydrocarbons as refrigerants are well known for their low ODP and GWP as well as their energy efficiency

This technology although not being new to Grenada has been gaining very rapid acceptance and popularity in its implementation.

Both Mr. Cadore and Mr. Frederick, on their return will be conducting two similar workshops for local technicians.

Funding for the technicians participation in the workshop has been made possible through the National Ozone Unit as part of the Terminal Phase out Management Plan for CFCs that is funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This funding covers air travel, ground transportation, accommodation, meals and other incidental costs.