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St. George’s, Grenada, 27th November 2017 – During an award ceremony to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Parties to the Montreal Protocol recognized  individuals, groups, organizations and parties that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol, especially in the last 10 years. These individuals, groups and organizations also exemplify the power of cooperation on large and small scales to accomplish goals and produce tangible change.

The award ceremony was organized by the Ozone Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Canada to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Thursday November 23rd, 2017, in Montreal Canada. The ceremony was attended by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna and Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, Tina Birmpili.

National Ozone Officer of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith, was among the delegates to receive an award for “Policy and Implementation Leadership”.  Mr. Smith was one of 24 persons selected in this category from the 197 Parties that have ratified the Montreal Protocol.

Mr. Smith’s award is also a recognition of his demonstration of exemplary performance in managing the Montreal Protocol activities in the National Ozone Unit of Grenada. He is also a very active participant in the Montreal protocol negotiations at the global level. More recently, he was one of the Co-chairs that presided over the successful negotiations that lead to adoption of the historic Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, in 2016.  He has also served on many Montreal Protocol bodies and in 2015 was elected as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Multi-lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

The winners for each award category were selected by a Technical Screening Committee made up of experts from non-governmental organizations, governments and other stakeholders that are knowledgeable about the ozone layer protection regime and processes and an International Jury made up of eminent experts that reviewed the Technical Screening Committee’s recommendations of nominees and decided on a final list of award recipients in each of the award categories.

Grenada’s performance in the implementation of its Montreal protocol’s obligations have always attracted international recognition.  The island has been successful in completely phasing out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most significant ozone depleting substance in 2006, four years ahead of the Montreal protocol obligation of 2010. Grenada is also approximately eight years ahead of its commitment in the phase out of hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

Grenada ratified the Montreal Protocol on March 31s, 1991. The Vienna Convention for the protection of the Ozone layer was adopted in 1985 and established a framework for measures to protect human health and the environment against adverse effects resulting from modification to the ozone layer. Two years later, in 1987, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force and addresses control measures for the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol is the only multilateral environmental agreement to have received universal ratification and is widely regarded as the most successful environmental treaty, having phased-out the production and consumption of approximately 98% of all ozone depleting substances.


National Ozone Unit (NOU) St. George’s, Grenada: The two local technicians that left Grenada to complete a two week training program in Natural Refrigerant Technology in Germany returned to the island on October 20th having successfully completed the training program.

The technicians, Mr. Curtis James ans Mr. Oral Ferguson have been involved in refrigeration and air-conditioning for over 15 years. This brings the total to five (5), the number of local technicians that have benefited from the European experience working with natural refrigerants and exposure to modern, state of the art equipment used in the refrigeration an air conditioning sector.

On their return, the two technicians visited the NOU and and reported on the experience to National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.  They highlighted that the experience is of tremendous benefit to them and explored ways in which they can share the information acquired with other technicians here in Grenada.

More technicians are expected to benefit through capacity development under the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project executed by the National Ozone Unit with funding provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment…. through GIZ Proklima.

November 2017

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