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GRENADA TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH COOL CONTRIBUTIONS

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE & ENERGY
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NO. 53/2016 DATE: September 21, 2016

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Policy makers, industry representatives and stakeholders from the cooling and climate change sectors will come together for a Project Inception Workshop on green cooling and its relevance for climate change. The project is titled Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4).

During the Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, at the Grenada National Stadium, Players Level I Conference Room, participants from Grenada together with representatives from the implementing agency, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will discuss opportunities and challenges of including the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector into Grenada’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as part of the international climate negotiations.

Applications of the RAC sector are essential in many areas, for example, refrigeration of preserved food and medicine, and air conditioning to maintain temperatures in living environments. The demand for these applications is rising with an increasing middle class, changing lifestyles, and rising ambient temperatures. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions also rise, because RAC applications consume electricity and most of these applications use fluorinated gases (F-gases) as refrigerants in their functioning. As these gases leak – for example during operation, servicing or when an appliance is dismantled or disposed of – they cause substantial emissions of greenhouse gases.

The project will focus on the control for the hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, a group of containing high global warming climate-damaging fluorinated gases. In addition, it will support and strengthen national efforts in developing mitigation strategies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in order to meet the targets of Grenada’s NDCs.

Grenada will benefit directly from the project through the establishment of a detailed inventory of the RAC sector, a set of policy briefs and recommendations for the key policymakers involved in developing the national mitigation strategy to assist them in maximizing the climate mitigation potential in the RAC sector. Training workshops designed to include, for example, a step-by-step-guidance on the NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) development processes in the RAC sector will be part of the project. The trainings will take into account policy, finance, and technology issues. It will also include the recommendations on a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system, as well as other hands-on methods and tools such as life cycle cost concepts and theoretical basics on dynamic investment grade calculation.

Funding for this project comes from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). This project would be executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance and Energy in conjunction with GIZ.

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) Donates Tools and Equipment to the Boca Secondary School as part of the activities to celebrate International Ozone Day, 2016.

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As part of the activities to commemorate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2016, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy made a timely presentation the only secondary school in Grenada that offers Refrigeration and Air-conditioning as part of its technical studies curriculum.

The Boca Secondary School was the recipient of state of the art refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) servicing tools and equipment from the NOU.  These equipment presented to the school is geared towards enhancing and developing the RAC program to allow the students to be properly trained in Good Refrigeration Practices.  The ultimate goal is to prevent the venting of refrigerants that are either ozone depleting substances (ODS) or greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere.  These can have the undesirable effects of damaging the ozone layer and contributing to global warming respectively.

The presentation of the equipment was as a result of a request made by the school to the NOU approximately a year and a half ago, according to the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith in addressing the faculty and students of the school at its general assembly on Tuesday September 13th, 2016.

Mr. Smith in his address, also spoke on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and outlined the importance of the    ozone layer in protecting life on earth from the damaging effects of too much UV-B radiation.  He also explained to the students some of the measures that they can take to protect themselves from over exposure to this UV-B radiation. Mr. Smith further implore the students to take great care of the equipment and to pursue the course diligently as there are extensive potential employment opportunities in this sector in Grenada.

Among the tools and equipment presented to the school were: Refrigerant Recovery machine, Electronic refrigerant identifier, leak detector, refrigerant charging scale, recovery cylinders, vacuum pump, manifold gauges with hose, safety googles and gloves along with a range of other consumable items.  The equipment presented, valued at over EC15, 000, is to be used to enhance and develop the refrigeration and air conditioning course presented to the students at the school.  Receiving the equipment on behalf of the school was Principal, Mr. Cephas Belfon.

Funding for the tools and equipment has been provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol under Stage 1 of Grenada’s Hydro Chlorofluorocarbon Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) that was launched in 2010

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New Customs Officers Receive training in Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

 

imani-traineeAs part of the on-going training provided by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, seventeen (17) Customs Trainees received training in the Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). This training is also an integral component of the training programme of the Customs and Excise Division.

This round of training for Customs Officers started in July of this year with the theoretical component and concluded on September 12th with the practical exercises that covered the examination of refrigerant cylinders and the use of electronic refrigerant identifiers to identify ODS.

The training was conducted by consultant Mr. Gerard James who have been involved in the training of Customs Officers in Montreal Protocol related matters since 2006. This training brings the total number of Customs Officers trained in 2016 to fifty five (55).

Addressing the participants in brief closing ceremony was National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith. Mr. Smith commended the Customs Department for the outstanding role they continue to play as a major stakeholder in border protection and the control of trade in ODS and their contribution to the protection of the ozone layer.

Mr. Smith further informed the Officers that new multi-refrigerant identifiers would be provided to the Department in 2017, as the NOU would like to strengthen and enhance the operations of the customs in relation to ODS identification.  This training activity is part of Stage 1 of Grenada’s ongoing Hydro Chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase out management Plan (HPMP) that was launched in 2010.  Further training is planned for Customs Brokers in November of this year.

Funding for this training has been provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol through UNEP as the implementing agency.

September 5th, 2016, St. George’s, Grenada. Representatives of countries participating in a Regional Demonstration Project on Safe Handling of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) Refrigerants met in Grenada during a Project Inception Workshop from August 31st to September 1st, 2016.

During the Inception Workshop, participants from the Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and host country Grenada, as well as a representative from the Implementing Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) discussed and prepared a detailed work plan and budget for the project.  This project focuses primarily on Safe use of Flammable Refrigerants (hydrocarbons) that are used as alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. The participants at the workshop also paid a visit to the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) to meet with officials there and to conduct a preliminary needs assessment.

The final activity over the two days involved a meeting with local stakeholders in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning sector, to present an overview of the project and to outline their roles and involvement to assist in the successful implementation of the project.

Grenada would benefit directly from this project through the establishment of a fully equipped Regional Pilot Training Centre at TAMCC, a five day Train-the Trainers workshop and Regional Technology Expo, Development of training curriculum as well as subsequent training for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning technicians.

Funding for this project was approved at the Seventy-sixth (76th) Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer from May 9th – 13th, 2016 in Montreal Canada.  The total sub component cost for this global project is US 220,000.14241574_1257769144253767_5398314772679998689_o