Grenada celebrated International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Friday September 16th, 2011. To commemorate this day, the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division in the Ministry of Finance, held its second Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony for students pursuing the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

During the ceremony, in addition to the funding provided to facilitate the twelve scholarship students, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) also presented TAMCC with several cylinders of refrigerants containing R-600a, R-290 (hydrocarbons) and R-410A refrigerants.

Hydrocarbon technology is widely regarded as the refrigerant technology of the future since it does not deplete the ozone layer or affects the climate system and has the additional advantage of being significantly more energy efficient than many of the technologies currently in use.

This initiative is part of Grenada’s HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP). In phasing out these Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), Grenada will be introducing alternatives with low global warming potential (GWP) and better energy efficacies.

The ceremony was attended by:

Hon. V. Nazim Burke, Minister for Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Co-operatives

Hon. Michael Church (MP) member of the Bureau to the 22nd Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol

Mrs. Eunice Sandy-David, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development

Dr. Nigel Gravesandy, Registrar, T A Marryshow Community College

Mr. Lincoln Morgan, CEO, National Training Agency (NTA)

Mr. Henry Frederick, P.R.O. Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA)

Mr. Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer

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