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TRAINING GRENADA’S TECHNICIANS IN ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

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GEORGE’S, GRENADA Thursday, March 16th, 2017: Grenada will be sending its third refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) engineer for training in Germany under the Proklima’s “Cool Training” programme in Germany. Mr. Lance Simpson has been selected to participate in the upcoming “Cool Training” programme and will depart Grenada on March 27th until April 7th, 2017. Mr. Simpson is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and has over 25 years experience in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry.

 

The “Cool Training” initiative is part of the National Ozone Unit’s (NOU) ongoing policy to develop the national capacity and opportunities for Refrigeration and Air-condition (RAC) technicians in gaining international experience in the area of Natural Refrigerant Technology. Already, there has been some adoption of the technology in Grenada, primarily in the domestic refrigeration and small commercial refrigeration sectors. During his time in Germany, Mr. Simpson will be provided with comprehensive knowledge and training for the operation and maintenance of cooling technology using natural refrigerants. The training also involves field trips to innovative enterprises in Germany such as, RAC components manufacturers and, refrigeration plants that use natural refrigerants.

 

Mr. Simpson, who works at Cooling Tech Ltd., is expected to use the knowledge and experience gained from the “Cool Training” to share with the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and RAC technicians in Grenada, as well as assist in the development of national standards for the Safe Use, Handling and Storage of Refrigerants, including flammable refrigerants, since he is also a member of the Technical Committee for Environment at the Grenada Bureau of Standards.

 

The two previous Grenadian participants of the Cool Training Programme, who are both instructors at the TAMCC, are currently sharing their knowledge with their students. The NOU has plans to expose two more technicians to this level of training in Natural Refrigerants, during 2017.

 

Proklima is a programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Proklima provides technical assistance in the form of capacity building, such as the Cool training program, for developing countries since 1996. It is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement provisions of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer.

 

Funding for Mr Simpson’s participation at the training comes from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the German-Grenadian project component of the project “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change (C4)”. This project is executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, in conjunction with GIZ, to promote ozone-and climate friendly technologies in Grenada.

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The National Ozone Unit (NOU) and the Energy Division (ED) of the Ministry of Finance and Energy extend condolences to the family of Mr. Sebastien Paul and members of staff of SP’s International Trading on the untimely death of Mr. Paul.

Mr. Paul has been an extremely close stakeholder to both the NOU and the ED, as the sole distributor of Natural Refrigerants in Grenada and as a supplier of Energy Efficient appliances. Mr. Paul and his company’s relationship goes back as far as November 2006 when he first introduced the Abro line of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants to local refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians. Subsequently, this refrigerant has been distributed to several other Caribbean countries. Hydrocarbon refrigerants are favoured over other refrigerants because of their negligible ozone depleting and zero global warming potentials as well as their higher energy efficiency.

SP’s International Trading has always been a very active participant in several of the Hydrocarbon Technology Retrofit Demonstrations held by the NOU and the Energy Efficiency Exhibitions held by the Energy Division to commemorate Energy Week in Grenada.  The Company also worked very closely with the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) and has been a main supporter of their many activities

This is indeed a huge loss of a great man, with a generous heart.

Mr. Paul died on Friday March 3rd, 2017. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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