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MINISTRY OF FINANCE, &, ENERGY

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NO. 11/2013                                                               DATE: March 22, 2013

                       

 

ENERGY WEEK WINNERS PRESENTED WITH THEIR PRIZES

 

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Friday, March 22, 2013: The Ministry of Finance and Energy today presented prizes to the winners from the secondary schools who participated in a project competition for Energy Week 2012.

 

Three secondary schools, namely St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s (SJC), Presentation Brother’s College (PBC) and Anglican High School (AHS), took up the challenge put out by the Energy Unit to create and build a Water Harvesting prototype, as part of the activities for Energy Week, which ran from November 11 – 16, 2012, under the theme “Sustainable Energy: Powering a Green Economy.  Energy Week is now an established annual event based on a mandate from CARICOM Energy Ministers in 2011 to provide a platform for increased awareness about energy matters, given the critical importance of energy to economic development.

 

Students from each school, with the assistance of their teachers, prepared project concepts, developed, costed and built a demonstration model of their water harvesting system, which was exhibited as part of the Kill-A-Watt- Day exhibition held at the Ministry of Finance on November 16, 2012.

 

The projects were judged, and at the end of the day PBC emerged winners with SJC and AHS coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Today’s presentations were made by Ms. Maureen Baptiste, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration) in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, and Ms. Prudence Greenidge, Corporate Communications Manager of GRENLEC. Also present at the ceremony was Ms. Patricia Felix, Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for schools.

 The prizes presented were sponsored by GRENLEC while the trophies were sponsored as part of the CARICOM initiative.

 In terms of the projects, the PBC demonstrated a rain water harvesting and water purification system (using photovoltaics) to provide the school (PBC) with potable water. The SJC demonstrated “A self-sustained farm”. Using Vendomme as an example, they showed how the Vendome North agricultural lands can use an irrigation system powered by hydroelectricity, which is achieved through a rain water harvesting system. The AHS demonstrated a rainwater harvesting system designed for bathroom facility use and for irrigation in school’s agricultural science SBA projects.

The Energy Unit will like to take this opportunity to thank the schools for their participation and to encourage all schools to participate in the project competition in 2013 energy week celebrations.

 

The Energy Unit also takes this opportunity to remind everyone that energy conservation reduces expenditure.

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Summary of Day 1 of the Regional Network Meeting of Ozone Offcier of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti, St. Kitt’s & Nevis

Opening Ceremony: The Ministry of Sustainable Development of the Federation of St. Kitt’s & Nevis hosted the opening ceremony.  The feauture address was delivered by: the Prime Minister of the Federation, Hon. Denzil Douglas, Mr. Marco Gozales, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat and Mr. Marco Pinzon of the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP, ROLAC).

Presentations: During the morning session, Dr, Gilbert Bankobeza presented on Compliance Status of the Montreal Protocol in the Caribbean Network, Major Decisions of the 24th Meeting of the Parties and Major Issues to be addressed in the 33rd Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) Meeting, on behalf of the Ozone Secretariat.

During the afternoon session, presentations were made by Mr. Alejandro Ramirez of the Multi-lateral Fund Secretariat on Recent Decisions of the Executive Committee and the implications for the Caribbean Region, (via Skype) . The National Ozone Officer of Belize, Mr. Valentino Blanco, presented a Case Study on the Certification and Licensing of Technicians in Belize.

Day one concluded with a presentation from Dr. Marissa Gowrie from Trinidad and Tobago, who presented on the Development of a Course Outline by the University of the West Indies (UWI) on Ozone Depleting Substances as part of the MSc. in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

All members of the network except Suriname were present at the meeting.

National  Ozone Unit (NOU) Teams Up with NGO to host Training

 

Monday March 18, 2013:  The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada in collaboration with GRENCASE, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) will be providing skills training for a number of persons in Grenada who are interested in getting into the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning.

The eight (8) weeks long training, which began on Monday March 18th, 2013, focuses on the fundamentals of refrigeration and air-conditioning and will be conducted by experts from the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association.  The training is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the GRENCASE Conference Room on Young Street, St. George’s and will include both theoretical and practical components.  The course outline includes topics such as: Introduction to Refrigeration, the Refrigerant Cycle, Thermodynamics, Tools and Equipment, Safe Practices, Basic Trouble Shooting, among others.

The idea behind this type of training is to create awareness, interest and encouragement for persons to enter the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning, but more importantly, to expose them at an early stage to Good Refrigeration Practices.  Additionally, the training is seen as an opportunity to empower the participants to be able to create their own employment opportunities.

The NOU and GRENCASE are extremely satisfied with the outcome of the registration of applicants for the program; the course was over subscribed within one week of its announcement.  This initiative to partner with GRENCASE to deliver this type of training is part of Grenada’s implementation activities under the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to phase out ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

 

President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) Resign

 

Recently elected President of the Grenada refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), tendered his resignation as President of the Association effective Friday March 8th, 2013.

In an e-mail addressed to the Vice President, Mr. Lenard Frank and copied to other executive members, Mr. Frederick without giving reasons for his resignation, informed the executive of his decision to resign as President of one of the region’s leading Association of Refrigeration and Air-condition technicians.

In response to the resignation, the executive members acted swiftly to call an emergency meeting on Tuesday March 12th, 2013 to decide on am immediate course of action.

At this meeting it was decided that a special general meeting of the general membership would be held on Thursday April 4th, 2013 at the T A Marryshow Community College to elect a new President.