Being aware of Grenada’s responsibility under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and it’s additional responsibilities to protect the climate system and achieve energy efficiency benefits, the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) in conjunction with the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance have staged another extremely successful Mobile Air-Conditioning (MAC) system Retrofit Demonstration and Mini-Exhibition. This follows two previously held similar activities in 2007 and 2008.

This event was held on Saturday November 28th, 2009 at the Spiceland Mall Car Park. The main objective of the event was to reduce the use and dependence of Ozone Depleting (CFC-12) and the Global Warming (HFC-134a) refrigerants in Mobile Air Conditioning Systems and replace them with Ozone and Climate “friendly” refrigerants, while at the same time gaining the energy benefits.

During the days activities vehicle owners benefitted from a free inspection and refrigerant identification of their vehicle AC Systems by twenty three (23) trained and certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Technicians. The main feature of the day however, was the conversion of Auto AC from refrigerants with high Ozone Depleting and Global Warming Potential refrigerants to natural refrigerants – Hydrocarbons, with zero Ozone Depleting Potential and negligible Global Warming Potential.

The event was extremely successful as over thirty vehicles benefitted from the services offered by the technicians at less than fifty percent (50%) of the normal retrofitting cost.

Vehicle owners were particularly impressed with the potential energy savings in fuel consumption that can be derived from the conversion.

In 2005 and 2006 local RAC technicians would have received training in Cuba and Jamaica and more recently a total of four technicians returned from Belize and St. Lucia having undergone extensive training in Hydrocarbon technology. This activity of retrofitting auto AC is part of Grenada ‘s Terminal Phase out Management Plan to phase out CFC consumption by the year 2010.

The activity was graced with the distinguished presence of the Minister of Environment, Hon. Michael Church. Minister Church continues to demonstrate his commitment to Grenada’s cause for the protection and preservation of the environment.

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