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ST. GEORGE’S GRENADA, Monday, January 30, 2012: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, as part of its Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), which was launched in June 2011, has established three (3) more recovery and recycling centres in Grenada. These centres will make state-of-the-art equipment in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) field available to technicians in Grenada, Carriacou and Petitie Martinique.

During a ceremony held at the Spiceland Mall Car Park on Saturday January 28th, 2012, National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, presented the equipment to the owners of the three workshops where the equipment will be stationed.

The newly established centres are located in St. Andrew (Myke Mitchell’s workshop), St. David (Melville Mitchell’s workshop) and Carriacou (Kennis Andrew’s workshop).

This brings the number of centres now established in the State to twenty (20). These centres will assist approximately 150 technicians in carrying out good refrigeration practices, particularly in the recovery and recycling of refrigerants.

Among the equipment presented to the centres are: Recovery Units, Electronic Refrigerant Scales, Electronic Leak Detectors, Electronic Refrigerant Identifiers, Infra-red Thermometers, Recovery/Refillable Cylinders, Vacuum Pumps, Micron Gauges and Hose and Gauge sets.

The equipment was supplied by the Grenada Refrigration Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). Funding for the equipment was provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol which is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the implementing agency.

This initiative is part of the NOU’s objective to prevent the release of harmful ozone depleting substances (ODS) into the atmosphere, some of which are themselves potent greenhouse gases (GHG) which can damage the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.

Mr. Smith, in his presentation at the ceremony, lamented the need for technicians to be trained in Good Refrigeration Practices and to do continuous research to be able to keep abreast with the rapidly emerging new technologies in the RAC sector. He also encouraged the technicians to take absolute good care of the equipment to ensure that as many technicians as possible can benefit from their use.

The establishment of the centres is intended to assist Grenada in meeting its first phase-out targets under the HPMP. Grenada and several other developing countries are required under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, to freeze consumption of HCFCs (refrigerants) in 2013; to reduce consumption by 10% in the year 2015; and to further reduce consumption by 25% in 2020, as initial measures.

In addition to the distribution of equipment for the establishment of these centres, the NOU also presented fifty (50) 30 lb and twenty-five (25) 50 lb cylinders to several technicians to facilitate recovery and storage of refrigerants.

Present at the ceremony were the President of GRAVA, Mr. Michael Mitchell, and executive members of the association; President of the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Association, Mr. Grantley Parris, together with the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association; and local technicians and suppliers of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

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