Paris, France, Wednesday January 17, 2018: Ozone Depleting Substances Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit, Mr. Leslie Smith was among several participants who attended the “Kick-Off” Meeting of the European Commission funded Sustainable and Climate Friendly Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project.  Representatives of the participating countries (Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela and Grenada) along with representatives from the European Commission (donor) and implementing agencies, GIZ Proklima, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) were among the persons present to officially commence the project.

The specific objectives of the SPODS project are: (1) to ensure commitment and support the establishment of alliances between selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on global HFC mitigation policies, particularly in relation to the implementation of the new Kigali amendment and (2) to encourage the adoption of climate-friendly replacement technologies, exploring and promoting the creation of new market opportunities in green technology products that represent climate-friendly alternatives to ozone-depleting substances.

The National Ozone Unit, Grenada will work long with GIZ Proklima and UNIDO as implementing agencies for the project activities.  The activities for Grenada under the project include:

  • an inventory of ODS banks
  • an analysis and development of a local/regional collection system, availability and options for destruction technology.
  • development and implementation of a national/regional training of trainers concept on the safe use of natural refrigerants
  • capacity building for good refrigeration practices in the use of natural refrigerant for technicians in the informal sector
  • development of strategies and large pilot projects with low GWP refrigerants
  • A communication and awareness campaign that would include other Caribbean islands

The project is expected to be completed in the next 36 months and has a total contribution in excess of three million Euros (€3M) to be distributed among the 7 partner countries.