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Bali, Indonesia: November 25th, 2011. The joint th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 23rd Meeting of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is currently taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from November 21st – 25th, 2011.

This meeting is being attended by several delegates from the 176 countries that have ratified the Montreal Protocol, as well as representation from several other interest groups and institutions.

Delegates from the Regional Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti attending the meeting include Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Grenada is represented by National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.

During the preparatory segment of the meeting representatives from the Caribbean region were actively involved in co-chairing several of the contact groups established to negotiate draft decisions and Conference Room Papers (CRP).

One of the most significant contact groups established on the “Replenishment of the Multi-lateral Fund” was co-chaired by St. Lucia’s representative at the meeting, Ms. Donnalyn Charles. Trinidad and Tobago’s, Dr. Marissa Gowrie co-chaired the contact group that was negotiating “Treatment of ozone-depleting substances used to service ships. National Ozone Office of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith was another one of the Caribbean delegates that co-chaired the contact group that negotiated the draft decisions on “Additional information on alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)”.

This has been unprecedented for the region in all Montreal Protocol meetings to have three representatives involved in co-chairing contact groups. This follows representation of the region in recent years on some of the major committees and institutions within the Montreal Protocol Framework. Quite recently, Grenada was elected as President of the Bureau to the 21st MOP and member of the Executive Committee of the Multi-lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for two successive terms (2010 and 2011). St. Lucia has also been elected on the Implementation Committee for the period 2010 to 2011.

During the current meeting the region has also secured the Vice President to the COP for the Vienna Convention (Trinidad and Tobago) and an extension of St. Lucia’s term on the Implementation Committee (2012 – 2013). The region continues to gain the respect and admiration from the rest of the Montreal Protocol Community. All countries of the region has successfully phased-out the consumption of CFCs before 2010 and the region has been the first to submit data on annual ODS consumption to the Ozone Secretariat for several successive years.

The National Ozone Unit of Grenada extends congratulations to all for such outstanding achievements.

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ST. GEORGE’S GRENADA, Friday, November 04, 2011: At the CARICOM Energy and Trade Ministers’ 35th Special Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Meeting, held on March 24, 2011, in Guyana, approval was granted for the staging of an Energy Week in member territories.

In this regard, Grenada will stage its Energy Week from November 6th – 11th, 2011.

Grenada’s theme for the week: is “ Creating A Sustainable Grenada through Renewable and Efficient Energy Use.”

The planned activities for the Energy Week will focus on the promotion of Energy efficient appliances and devices, renewable energy and energy conservation fundamentally.

The activities are as follows:

Week of activities:

1. SUNDAY – November 6th, 2011 Declaration address on all Media Minister responsible for Energy Hon. V. Nazim Burke

2. MONDAY – November 7th, 2011 GIS Spice Morning – Origin of Caricom Energy Week – Outline of weeks activities – Ongoing competition (Secondary schools, National Jingle competition)

Beyond the Headlines Panel Discussion on Renewable Energy

3. TUESDAY – November 8th, 2011 Energy Awareness Day Presentation to primary and pre- primary schools

4. WEDNESDAY- November 9th, 2011 Energy And You Interview with cross section of persons in society and their perspective on energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation (Housewife, office worker (private & public sector, student, bus driver) – to be aired on television.

5. THURSDAY – November 10th, 2011 Energy Efficiency Seminar for Drivers

6. FRIDAY – November 11th, 2011 KILL-A-WATT DAY Exhibition at the Financial Complex Parking Lot (Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) devices and energy appliances, school projects)

NB. The hardware stores such as Jonas Browne and Hubbard (G’da) Ltd. and SP’s International Trading Ltd. will have energy saving appliance shelves set up for the entire week.

On Thursday November 03, the twelve (12) students who were awarded scholarships by the National Ozone Unit to pursue the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) for the 2011-2012 academic year, paid a courtesy call to the office of the National Ozone Unit (NOU).

During the visit the students met and held discussions with the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith. Among the many issues discussed were: academic performance, changes in the scholarship program, challenges and expectations and plans for an exhibition to showcase the skills acquired.

From the discussions it was evident that the students were highly motivated and were satisfied with their performances at the college. They further reiterated their commitment to make best use of the opportunity presented to them by the NOU and TAMCC. The students spoke highly of the lecturers at the college in relation to how the information is presented and the deliberate effort by the lecturers to ensure that they understand what is presented.

The National Ozone Officer (NOO) in addressing the students, reminded them of the primary objectives of the scholarship program and the need for them to take seriously and to make the best use of this opportunity especially at a time when there is a great need for persons with skills in this sector in Grenada. The NOO also reminded the students of the challenge given to them at the scholarship presentation ceremony by the Honorable Michael Church, former Minister of the Environment, to put on an exhibition at the end of their training to demonstrate what they have learnt from the two years at TAMCC.

The scholarship program is an integral component of Grenada’s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and seeks to provide young and aspiring Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) technicians with training in Good Refrigeration practices at the inception of their career development. It is further expected that in doing so there will be a deliberate effort to prevent the release of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), particularly refrigerants, into the atmosphere and aid in the preservation, protection and healing of the fragile ozone layer.

This is the second year of the scholarship program. The program is implemented in conjunction with the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). To date, twenty-two students have benefitted from the program.