Ozone Depleting System (ODS) Import Quota System Takes Effect

Grenada, through the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance has implemented further measures to control the importation of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).  The first import control measure was implemented in the year 2006 when a licensing system was established for the importation of all refrigerants into the country. Refrigerants are the only known ODS consumed in Grenada. This licensing system was primarily responsible for Grenada being able to phase out the consumption of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most potent ODSs, four years ahead of the Montreal Protocol phase out target (2010).

Pursuant to Decision XIX/6  of the Meeting of the Parties in 2009 to accelerate the phase out of hydrochlorfluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, additional measures have been implemented to achieve this target.  As of January 01, 2013 a quota system has been implemented to further restrict the importation of all HCFC refrigerants into the country.

Under the Montreal Protocol obligations, Grenada and other developing countries are required to freeze consumption of all HCFC in 2013 at a baseline established on the average consumption for the years 2009, and 2010 and to reduce consumption by 10% in 2015.  In this regard a number of over-arching strategies, supported by projects and activities have been developed into a strategic plan, referred to as the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP).  This plan, which was launched in June 2011, outlines the country’s commitment to phase-out all HCFCs by the year 2030.

Thirteen (13) importers of HCFC refrigerants have been issued quotas for the year 2013. The quotas issued to importers represent approximately 50% of the baseline freeze.  This is an additional measure instituted to allow Grenada to meet the 2013 and 2015 targets.  The ultimate intent of this measure is to pursue and accelerated phase-out between the years 2020 to 2025.

Grenada being among the first countries in the region to implement an online licensing system is also among the leaders to establish the quota system for HCFC importation.  The Customs and Excise Department as well as the Department of Trade are co-operating in the successful implementation of the licensing and quota system. The implementation of the quota system is one of the key activities of the (HPMP).