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Monday March 26th, 2018, St. George’s Grenada: Sixteen (16) Customs and Trade Officers received training in Monitoring, Control and Reporting of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) on Monday March 19th – Tuesday March 20th, 2018.  The training which was organised by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy  is part of the training and initiation exercise for new customs officers.  It is also an integral component of Grenada’s hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to regulate the importation of ODS prevent any attempts of illegal trade in these substances.  Customs officers in Grenada have been receiving this training since the year 2005 and has assisted the NOU tremendously in performing this agency function.

The training was facilitated by Mr. Rene Parkes of the Customs Division and the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith. The officers were exposed to both theoretical and practical sessions. The Customs and Excise division was among beneficiaries in 2017 that received state of the art multi-refrigerant identifiers to assist in the identification of refrigerants in cylinders and refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Among the many topics included in the training were:

  • the Science of the Ozone layer
  • the international response to Ozone Layer depletion
  • Licensing and quota system for ODS
  • ODS HS Classification
  • ODS Smuggling
  • Health and Safety
  • ODS identification

On completion of the training, the officers were presented with Certificates of Participation.  The certificates were presented to them by the Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Donan Victor during a brief closing ceremony.  Addressin the  ceremony, Mr. Victor complemented the trainees  for their co-operation and active participation and implored upon them to put the equipment to full use in performing their roles as agents for the protection of the environment.

Funding for the training was provided by the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and Implemented by UN Environment in collaboration with the national Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Energy



National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy in conjunction with the global programme “Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change” (C4) request for suitable demonstration sites for evaluating the energy performance of R-290 (hydrocarbon) split air-conditioning units


The project Cool Contribution Fighting Climate Change (C4) is making available to the private sector in Grenada, a total of six (6) climate friendly split air conditioners for demonstration purposes. The objective of this initiative is to evaluate the energy efficiency of these R-290 Split AC units (12,000 BTU and 18,000 BTU cooling capacity) and to promote the use of natural refrigerant technologies in Grenada.

This project is being implemented by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, in conjunction with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as part of the global programme “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

The general objective of this is to promote the use of energy-efficient and climate friendly air conditioning appliances while increasing the availability of natural refrigerants such as, R-600a and R-290.

The project now invites eligible private sector entities to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) giving consideration to the following criteria.

Private sector entities shall be eligible to participate if:

  • Adequate space requiring cooling is available
  • Solid ceilings (concrete, drop or tiled) and walls
  • The room should already contain only one working AC unit of similar size (either 12,000 BTU or 18,000 BTU)
  • The private sector entity has technicians trained in flammable refrigerant technology (hydrocarbons)
  • Up to date data or records on the existing AC is available
  • The room meets the minimum area and installation height for the charge size of the AC unit.
    • For the 12 000 BTU unit[1] the room size shall be at least 17m2 (with minimum installation height of 1.8 m)
    • For the 18 000 BTU unit[2] the room size shall be at least 23m2 (with minimum installation height of 1.8 m)
  • The following should be considered for the indoor unit:
  • There shall be no electric appliance, power switch or socket under the indoor unit.
  • There should be a minimum distance of about 1 m from TV-sets or any other electrical appliances.
  • The air inlet and outlet vent should not be obstructed, make sure that the air can be blown throughout the entire room
  • Ready to actively participate in the promotion of climate-friendly green cooling:
  • Providing information and access to the equipment for public awareness and promotional purposes
  • Make available for the general public information
  • Participate during outreach events and stakeholder consultations
  • Provide a mechanism for data collection, monitoring and servicing of the equipment throughout the appliance’s lifetime.

Private sector entities shall not be eligible to participate if:

 The presence of strong heat sources, combustible gases, vapors or volatiles substances are present in the room

  • The environment possess high frequency waves, e.g. by radio equipment, medical or welding equipment
  • Places with very contaminated air (such as places with oil containing air)

Expressions of Interest must be received no later than, 04:00 pm (Eastern Caribbean Time) on Friday 30th March, 2018. Submission shall either be in hard copy or in electronic format in the form of a PDF document sent to the address or email below:

Petra Fraser

Administrative Officer

German-Grenadian Pilot Programme

Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS)

Ministerial Complex, Botanical Gardens

P.O. Box 3269, St. George’s

Telephone: 440-2708 Ext. 26845


The submission should include the organization’s name and address, and shall be clearly marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – R-290 SPLIT AC FOR COOLING NEEDS PILOT” on the envelope for submissions in hard copy or on the email subject line for electronic submissions.

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list will be provided and a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) will be established between the NOU, C4 Project and the private sector entity. The project reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short‑listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.



Leslie Smith

National Ozone Officer

Energy Division

Ministry of Finance & Energy Financial complex

The Carenage, St. George’s

Tel: +1-473-435-8708


Curllan Bhola

Technical Expert

Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change (C4)

GIZ Office in the Ministry of Finance and Energy

The Carenage, St. George’s

Tel: + 1-473-423-2409





[1] Assuming a refrigerant charge size of 310 g

[2] Assuming a refrigerant charge size of 360 g

St. George’s Grenada, March 09, 2018: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) has provided funding assistance to facilitate the participation of three local technicians in an Online Certified Assessor Training for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).

The training which started on March 1st, 2018 and would run for 24 weeks is aimed at developing the competency of the participants in assessing CVQ candidates in the RAC field. At the end of the course there would be a practicum of which the participants will be assessed. On successful completion the participants would be awarded an Assessor Level 4 regional qualification certification.

The NOU under the capacity development and training component of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) is funding two participants fully and assisting the third with 50% financing.  The  three participants are Mr. Michael Cadore, HVAC Lecturer at the T A Marryshow Community College, Mr Oral Ferguson and MR. Erson Roden attached to two separate private sector companies.  On completion this would bring to five, the number of local technicians trained at this level. The training is organised and facilitated by the Grenada National Training Agency (GNTA) and more information can be obtained at


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