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Source: http://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/8019/grenada_technicians_train_on_natrefs_in_germany

Grenada is sending technicians to Germany as part of the C4 project, to train them on using natural refrigerants.

Image credit: Andrew Moore

Thanks to collaboration between Germany and the Caribbean nation of Grenada, two local technicians have returned to Grenada after an October training session on natural refrigerants in Germany.

They went abroad to complete a two-week training programme on using natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R technologies. A total of five Grenadian technicians have now taken the trip to Europe.

Upon their return they paid a visit to Leslie Smith, national ozone officer in Grenada’s NOU (National Ozone Unit), to report on their experience. They will now share their knowledge with other technicians to increase the number of technicians trained on natural refrigerants.

The idea is to use natural refrigerants in all applications where applicable. This includes other applications such as domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration.”
– Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer, Grenada

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The C4 (Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change) project, executed by the NOU with the support ofthe German Federal Ministry for the Environment, will train more Grenadian technicians in the coming years. Five technicians have already been selected to attend next year’s training programme.

The aim of the project is to expose and train local technicians on the handling of low-GWP flammable refrigerants. The programme covers natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbons.

“The policy of the NOU in the phasing out of HCFCs is to transition to a longer term refrigerant/technology alternative, that has zero ODP, zero/negligible GWP, and is energy-efficient,” said Smith.

Two fisheries in Grenada recently switched from HFC systems to ammonia ones.

“The idea is to use natural refrigerants in all applications where applicable. This includes other applications such as domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration,” he said.

“Over the last year, two major government fisheries complexes have transitioned from HFCs to ammonia as the refrigerant used.”

Projects underway in Grenada to facilitate technician training include:

  • Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4): Project with approximately 30 hydrocarbons-based air-conditioning demonstration sites.
  • Capacity building and training on international standards.
  • Hydrocarbons demonstration caravan.
  • Regional project on the safe handling of low-GWP flammable refrigerants.

On 25 August Grenada opened a pilot training centre equipped with two hydrocarbons-based air-conditioning units as part of a regional demonstration project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The demonstration essentially compared the energy performance of similar-sized air-conditioning units using R22, R410A and R290. The results revealed that the propane unit consumed the lowest amount of energy.

Leslie Smith was among 24 people to receive an award for ‘policy and implementation leadership’ organised by the Ozone Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Canada to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, awarded during the recent Meeting of the Parties in Montreal, Canada.

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Source:  https://nou-tt.blogspot.com/2017/12/recognition-ceremony-for-english.html

Recognition Ceremony for English Speaking Caribbean Recipients of the United Nations Environment Ozone Award

The English Speaking Caribbean Region’s performance in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol has attracted international recognition. Caribbean countries have completely phased out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most harmful of ozone depleting substances. Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada completely phased out the use of CFCs years in advance of the mandated deadline. Employing a public-private stakeholder approach the Caribbean Region continues to strive to phase out harmful substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol with options that are more energy efficient, climate and ozone friendly.

English Speaking Caribbean Awardees honoured included:

Dr. Marissa Gowrie- Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Leslie Smith -National Ozone Officer Grenada – Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance

Ms. Artie Dubrie – Sustainable Development Officer – United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

L-R – Mr. Leslie Smith, Ms. Artie Dubrie and Dr. Marissa Gowrie


Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Dr. Marissa Gowrie

Dr. Marissa Gowrie holds the portfolio of Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer in the Environmental Policy and Planning Division – Ministry of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last 14 years she has overseen the successful implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s national obligations under the Montreal Protocol, as well as has engaged in international negotiations on behalf of Trinidad and Tobago relating to the Montreal Protocol. In 2011, Dr. Gowrie, representing Trinidad and Tobago was elected to one of five posts of Vice Presidency to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer with a term of office from 2011-2014. She has also co-chaired several Contact Groups at various Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and Open Ended Working Groups on negotiation issues relating to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol. She has also presented at side events at International and Regional Meetings on the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Leslie Smith

Mr. Leslie Smith has held the portfolio of National Ozone Officer of Grenada for the past 14 years attached to the National Ozone Unit of Grenada in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Smith has overseen the successful implementation of Grenada’s national obligations under the Montreal Protocol and is a very active participant in the Montreal Protocol negotiations at the global level. 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.

Ms. Artie Dubrie

Ms. Artie Dubrie who has been employed in the United Nations System for over 14 years has played a vital role in supporting developing countries in meeting and sustaining Montreal Protocol obligations. Ms. Dubrie has held the portfolios of Regional Network Coordinator for Pacific Island Countries and Transboundary Capacity Building, as well as Policy and Enforcement Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, both with the United Nations Environment Programme. She has also served as a former National Ozone Officer of Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently the Sustainable Development Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

       

Technical Exchange Visit between the University of the West Indies and the National Ozone Unit of Grenada

An exchange visit was held between the National Ozone Unit of Grenada and the University of the West Indies to discuss some research and development projects relating to natural refrigerant. Mr. Leslie Smith National Ozone Officer of Grenada provided invaluable insight into the experience of Grenada in utilizing natural refrigerant over the last decade as well as some previously done international research in this area.

 

Source: http://newsday.co.tt/2017/12/12/unep-salutes-unsung-heroes/

UNEP salutes unsung heroes

TENISHA SYLVESTER

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held its award ceremony for three recipients of the Policy and Implementation Leadership award last Thursday at United Nations House, Chancery Lane, Port of Spain. The award ceremony was held in recognition of exemplary ozone officers who worked tirelessly in phasing out the use of ozone depleting substances in the English- speaking Caribbean.

The awardees were Deputy Environmental manager/national ozone officer in the environmental policy and planning division of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Trinidadian Marissa Gowrie; Trinidadian Artie Dubrie, sustainable development officer in the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and Grenadian Leslie Smith, national ozone officer for Grenada’s National Ozone Unit, Grenada. Each of these awardees having at least 14 years of experience in implementing environmental programmes designed to significantly reduce the use of ozone depleting substances at the national, regional and international levels.

Their achievements are particularly significant since the depletion of the ozone layer can have negative consequences on humans, animals and plants. Higher UV levels are a direct result of the ozone layer being depleted and can result in skin cancer and have adverse effects on the growth of plants.

Richard Blewitt, UN Resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative to Trinidad and Tobago in his opening remarks said that Gowrie, Dubrie and Smith have been so successful in their efforts that the English-speaking Caribbean’s performance has attracted international recognition.

“The region has been successful in completely phasing out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons, one of the most significant ozone depleting substances in the case of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago,” said Blewitt. In TT, UNDP has been the implementing partner of the National Ozone Unit since 2009. With the implementation of various programmes in the unit concerned with the phasing out of ozone depleting substances like CFCs and hydro chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). TT has met the 2010 Montreal Protocol obligation and began the implementation of the HCFC Phase-out management plan in January 2013 in accordance with the Montreal Protocol Schedule.

Several UN official were present including Sharifa Ali-Abdullah, the assistant resident representative of UNDP; Marco Pinzon, the regional network coordinator for the National Ozone Network for the Caribbean, UN Environment Regional office; Joanne Deoraj, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Development and representative to the Grenadian UN ambassador Kariyma Baltimore along with members of the media.

Speaking to the recipients after the ceremony Dubrie who grew up in Rio Claro said, “Receiving the award under the UNEP to me is indicative of the efforts of the UN body in supporting developing countries on environmental good and also an indication of the work in partnership with government and other UN agencies towards the protection of the environment, for collective good.” Gowrie, who grew up in Tunapuna expressed her appreciation by saying, “I am truly humbled to stand alongside people who are true pioneers in the field. This is a collaborative effort to reach to see TT reach this milestone. When it comes to saving the environment every action counts.”

While Smith said that very often ozone officers are seen as unsung heroes.

“We do a lot of great work but not often do we get the recognition. We have been able to successfully phase out 98% of ozone depleting substances so the Montreal protocol recognizes those persons and institutions which has made a contribution in the global right to rid the planet of ozone depleting substances. I am extremely delighted and this is a catalyst for us to do much more with the protection of our environment,” explained Smith.

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