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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