St. George’s Grenada, Friday July 1, 2011: The Government of Grenada recently launched the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to phase out the consumption of R-22 refrigerants in Grenada. This project advocates for the replacement of these ozone depleting substances with ozone friendly technologies with low global warming potential alternatives.

Cuba, a party to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer, through their Ozone Technical Office has organized an International Workshop on Alternative Technologies to HCFCs: Experience in use of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants. The workshop will be held at Hotel Palco in Havana from July 5th – 7th 2011.

Grenada and several other Latin American and Caribbean countries have been invited to participate in this workshop. Hydrocarbon refrigerant technology, though not new, has been identified as the refrigerant of the future because of it’s almost zero ozone depleting and global warming potentials. Hydrocarbons have already being introduced in Grenada on a limited basis in domestic refrigeration and mobile air-conditioning systems (vehicles).

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada will be sending one local technician to attend the workshop in Cuba. Experienced local technician and a trustee of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), Mr. Emmanuel Bain has been selected to attend the training. All expenses including air travel, hotel, meals and a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided by the NOU under the HPMP Project.

On Friday July 1st 2011, at a brief ceremony at the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Bain was presented with his travel ticket and workshop documents by Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith.

Mr. Bain is expected to leave Grenada on Monday July 4th and on his return is expected to transfer the knowledge and experience acquired to other technicians and to play a major role in the continued implementation of this technology in Grenada. This is the second time in recent years that the NOU has been sending technicians to Cuba for training. Several other technicians have also benefitted from attending training and seminars in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and St. Lucia.