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August 23rd 2011. St. George’s, Grenada: The National Ozone Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, in its continued implementation of Grenada’s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal protocol on Substances that Deplete the ozone layer, has a organized a training workshop for customs officers in the Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

This training will take place over two days, Wednesday August 24th and Thursday August 25th, 2011, at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Approximately thirty (30) customs officers will be trained. On each day two separate groups of fifteen (15) officers will receive the training. The training will include both theoretical and practical components and will be conducted by officials of the Customs Department and National Ozone Unit.

The primary objectives of the training are:

  • Discuss the role of customs officers and other stakeholders in the control and monitoring of trade in ODS and ODS dependent technologies
  • Familiarize participants with the provisions and phase-out schedules of the Montreal Protocol;
  • To train participants in detecting smuggling techniques in ODS
  • To train participants in the examination and identification ozone depleting substances
  • Increase awareness of ozone depletion issues and impacts of ozone layer depletion

This activity is aimed at assisting Grenada in meeting the Montreal Protocol Phase out targets for HCFC Refrigerants during the years 2013 to 2020. Grenada’s initial phase out targets for HCFC refrigerants are: to freeze consumption in the year 2013, reduce consumption by 10% in 2015 and a further reduction in consumption by 35% in the year 2020.

Some of the key topics to be included in the training are:

  • Ozone Layer Science
  • Identification of Ozone Depleting Substances
  • Roles of Customs Officers and other Stakeholders
  • Smuggling methods and techniques
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Practical exercises using refrigerant identifiers

In preparation for the phase out of these gases, the Government of Grenada has already instituted an import licensing and quota system for all refrigerants that will be imported into the country. Several other trade control measures are due to be implemented in 2012.

This training is a continuation of similar training workshops held in the past during the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) which Grenada has already successfully phased out.

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President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Ventilating Association, Mr. Michael Mitchell will be the guest of Honour to the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Association of Technicians at a General Meeting of the Association to be held on Friday August 19th, 2011 in Barbados.

Mr. Mitchell leaves Grenada on Friday morning to attend the special event later on that afternoon.

At the meeting Mr. Mitchell is expected to make two presentations to the participants at the meeting on the following topics:

  • The success of the Grenada Refrigeration Association
  • ¬†Hydrocarbon Use in Grenada

GRAVA has been recognized as one of the leading association of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) technicians in the region and has taken on a leading role in the introduction of hydrocarbon technology together with other regional countries such as Jamaica and Belize.

This is not the first time Mr. Mitchell services has been requested to perform this task. In 2008, Mr. Mitchell also travelled to Guyana to assist the technicians there in the re-organization of their association. Also, in 2010, another executive member of GRAVA, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Henry Frederick, represented GRAVA at a regional meeting in Guyana for RAC technicians and made a similar presentation.

Mr. Mitchell is expected to return to Grenada on Saturday August 20th, 2011.

The National Ozone Unit extends best wishes to Mr. Mitchell and for a safe flight to and from Barbados.