St. George’s, Grenada, October 15th, 2018: Two local refrigeration  and air-condition technicians have left the island on Saturday October 13th, 2018 for Germany to participate in a Study Tour for managers and engineers involved in the installation of chiller type air conditioning systems.

The Study Tour which is scheduled from October 15th to 19th, 2018, will include hands on experiences in the installation of chillers and field visits to end users. The technicians will also attend the Chillventa Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.  The Chillventa fair which is held every two years is a trade fair and exhibition for energy efficiency, heat pumps, refrigeration and air-conditioning technologies. Great focus will be on the use of Natural refrigerants as a replacement for the high global warming flourinated gases used in refrigerationa and air-conditioning systems. The technicians will have an opportunity to connect and network with the industry top manufacturers, professionals, associations and research institutes. “This is where trade, industry, plant construction, users, training and research meet to discuss the latest trends, make contact and do business”

The exposure and experience to be gained by the technicians is critical for Grenada at this time, as the Kigali Amanendment to the Montreal Protocol will enter into force on January 1st, 2019.  Grenada is one of three Caribbean countries to have already ratified the Kigali Amendment. This Amendment will kick start officially the initial activities to phase down the high GWP hydrchlorofluorocarbons (HFC) that are widely used in these AC systems.

The technicians, who are both mechanical engineers, were nominaed from two of the leading RAC companies in Grenada, that are involved in the installation of chillers.  Mr. Lance Simpson, who is the Assistant General Manager and Operations Manager at Cooling Tech Limited and Ms. Jamie St. John of Viking Engineering Co (Gda) Ltd, are the two technicians. Both technicians have also received the Cool Training in Natural Refrigerants.    Ms Jamie St. John, was only recently recognised by the National Ozone Unit, as part of the World Ozone Day celebrations, as one of the few females who are involved in refrigeration and air-conditioning in Grenada.  The two technicians are expected to share on the knowledge and experience gained with other local technicians on their return to Grenada.

The particpation of the technicians at the Study Tour and Trade Fair is made possible through the Susainable Phase-Out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project that is funded by the European Union and the Government of Germany and implemented through GIZ Proklima. The National Ozone Unit is the executing agency on behalf of the Government of Grenada.