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St. George’s Grenada, May 23, 2017:  The National Ozone Unit in the energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy hosted the first ever Curriculum Development Workshop in the sub-region for training refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians.

Representativecur devs from the five partner countries participating in the Regional Demonstration Project on Safe handling of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants attended the workshop at the Kalinago Beach Resort on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The one-day workshop which included a total of ten (10) local and oversea participants, representing state colleges and training institutions, came from the Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and host country Grenada.

The Workshop was facilitated by Mr. Gianfranco Cattabriga, a Consultant with the Centro Studi Galileo, of Italy.  Mr. Cattabriga presented on a wide range of topics that would equip instructors of refrigeration and air-conditioning with modern techniques and approaches in delivering high quality information to their students.

The workshop was funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer and is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Other major components of this project are: a regional train-the-trainers workshop on handling flammable refrigerants, scheduled for later in the year and the establishment of a regional pilot training centre for flammable refrigerants at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

These training initiatives are in line with Grenada and the other participating countries efforts to phase out ozone depleting substances and to establish a safe hydrocarbon and other natural refrigerant use culture.

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Grenada Well Ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule

 St. George’s, Grenada, Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Natural Disaster Management and Information, Senator Winston Garraway, in addressing the Annual Network Meeting for Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Grenada on May 17th, announced that Grenada is well ahead of its Montreal Protocol target in the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances.  Senator Garraway, indicated that in the phase out of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC’s), one of the most significant Ozone Depleting Substances, Grenada was able to phase out this group of chemicals in 2006, four (4) years ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule of 2010.

He further stated that in the phase out of a new group of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), with a much lower ozone depleting potential – Hydroflorocarbons, Grenada is approximately eight years ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule.  As a matter of fact Grenada’s current consumption level is where it is expected to be in the year 2025.

Senator Garraway also took the opportunity to outline some of the activities undertaken by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) that has contributed to Grenada’s successful path under the Montreal Protocol. These activities include:

  • Training of approximately 80% of Refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians in Good Refrigeration Practices and alternative Ozone Friendly technologies;
  • Training of Customs Officers, Trade Officials and the Bureau of standards in Control and Monitoring of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances;
  • Establishment of a licensing and quota system to regulate the importation of ODS;
  • Establishment of labeling standards for ODS containers and for the safe use, handling and storage of ODS;
  • Establishment of 20 recovery and recycling centers throughout Grenada for ODS management;
  • Assistance provided in the upgrade of the curriculum at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) to an Associate Degree Program;
  • Establishment of a scholarship program that has so far benefitted 33 students to undertake Certificate and Associate Degree programs at TAMCC;
  • Establishment and coordination of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association;
  • A robust public awareness and education campaign for the major stakeholders

Grenada’s role in the global effort to safeguard the fragile stratospheric ozone layer is exemplary and commendable.  At the international level, Grenada continues to attract world recognition and respect for its performance in the global quest to heal the ozone layer.

Grenada and other parties to the Montreal Protocol are now preparing to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol agreed to at the 28th Meeting of the Parties in Kigali Rwanda in October, 2016. The Kigali Amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) commits the world’s nations to significantly reduce consumption and production of HFCs by 2050.

St. George’s, Grenada:  May 22, 2017: At the recently concluded Annual Sub-Regional Meeting for the Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Grenada from May 17-19, National Ozone Officers from thirteen (13) Caribbean countries met and discussed at length issues surrounding the recently agreed Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and its implications for low volume consuming (LVC) countries.

Over the three days of the meeting, the Ozone Officers examined thoroughly the key areas of the Kigali Amendment and held discussions on Decision XXVIII/2 of the Twenty-eight Meeting of the Parties (28 MOP). Presentations surrounding these issues were deliMOF-11vered by Dr. Gilbert Bankobeza of the Ozone Secretariat and Mr. Alexandro Ramirez-Pabon of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat (MLFS).  Dr. Bankobeza presented an overview of the Kigali Amendment and Dec. XXVIII/2 and outlined the key steps towards the ratification process. Meanwhile, Mr. Ramirez-Pabon focused his presentation on the outcome of the key Decisions of the specially convened 78th Executive Committee meeting of the MLFS which focused primarily on the Kigali Amendment.

Ozone Officers were also engaged in discussions with regional organizations -the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the CARICOM Secretariat on establishing partnerships in addressing the implementation of the Kigali Amendment.  Representatives from the Hotel and Tourism sector were also part of the discussion since that sector is a major consumer of HFCs in the region.  There was also the chance to discuss potential financing opportunities with Mrs. Helen Picot representing the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP).

After the three days of intense discussion, National Ozone Officers agreed that they now have a greater understanding of the Kigali Amendment and are better prepared to advance its ratification and address the first set of control measures for HFCs.

St. George’s Grenada, May 22nd, 2017.  National Ozone Officers from the Sub-Regional Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti, met in Grenada from May 17-19, 2017 at the Kalinago Beach Resort,     to discuss a wide range of topics and to strengthen the capacity of Ozone Officers in addressing matters of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Participants attending this annual meeting represented thirteen (13) of the fourteen (14) member countries of the Caribbean Network – Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, S. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and host country Grenada. Also attending theMOF-26.jpg meeting were Implementing Agencies such as United Nations (UN) Environment, the United Nations Development Organization (UNDP) and bilateral partners, such as, the OECS Commission and CARICOM.

A wide range of topics were discussed, among them were:

  • The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol
  • Capacity Building Tools and Materials for National Ozone Units
  • Climate co-benefits of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase out
  • The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme
  • Partnerships between NOUs and the Hotel and Tourism sector
  • Recent decisions of the 77th and 78th Executive Committee meetings and the 28th Meeting of the Parties

During the opening ceremony, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, with responsibility for Natural Disaster Management and Information, Senator, Winston Garraway addressed the participants on behalf of the Government of Grenada.  In his remarks, he reiterated the Government of Grenada continued support and commitment towards the implementation of the program and initiatives of the Montreal Protocol. He further lamented on the need for a unified global approach in protecting the environment. Senator Garraway used the opportunity to inform the delegates of the tremendous achievements of the NOU, Grenada, in successfully phasing out ODS.  He announced that Grenada in its phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbaons (HCFC) are approximately eight (8) years ahead of the Montreal Protocol schedule and that the current consumption levels of HCFCs is where the country should be in 2025.

The participants were also given a field tour to one of the ammonia MOF-11.jpgplants for industrial refrigeration at the Spice Isle Fish House and to look at Chill Water air conditioning systems at the St. George’s University.

The next annual meeting is scheduled for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2018.