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