St. George’s Grenada, June 19th 2018: Refrigeration and air conditioning teachers at two secondary schools in Grenada are the latest to benefit from  the “Cool Training” in Natural refrigerants to  be held in Germany from June 25th to July 6th, 2018.

The “Cool Training” initiative is part of the National Ozone Unit’s (NOU) ongoing policy to develop the national capacity and opportunities for Refrigeration and Air-condition (RAC) technicians in gaining international experience in the area of Natural Refrigerant Technology. Already, there has been some adoption of this technology in Grenada, primarily in the domestic refrigeration, small commercial refrigeration and mini-split air conditioning systems. Quite recently the NOU launched a demonstration project with its primary aim to promote the use of natural refrigerant in the air-conditioning sector.

52082233-0569-4C68-83C1-5A2BFE58297269FE00CB-0F61-4AA4-AABD-8D11922D9C7BThe two teachers selected by the National Ozone Unit are, Mr. Shanel Franklyn of Boca Secondary School and Mr. Heston Mann of St. Mark’s Secondary School.  These are the only two secondary schools on the island that offers refrigeration and ari-conditioning as part of its curriculum.

The two-week training, which is 70% practical and 30% theory, will provide the teachers with comprehensive knowledge and training on the installation, operation and maintenance of cooling technology using natural refrigerants and will take into account all of the safety considerations required. The training also involves field trips to innovative enterprises in Germany such as, RAC components manufacturers and refrigeration plants that use natural refrigerants. The two teachers will depart Grenada on Saturday 23rd June 2018 for Germany.

The NOU has already provided tools and equipment to these schools to aid in the teaching of Good Refrigeration Practices under its HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP). The NOU is also providing assistance to upgrade the RAC curriculum up to level two certification for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).  Included in the CVQ  Certification will also be training in natural refrigerant technology.  This training of the teachers will complement the process in developing their capacity to transfer quality information to the students.

Funding for the teachers participation at the training comes from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the German-Grenadian project component of the project “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change (C4)”. This project is executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilites, Energy, Transportation and Implementation, in conjunction with GIZ, to promote ozone-and climate friendly technologies in Grenada.