St. George’s, Grenada. Tuesday, October 17th, 2018. During the Stakeholder Consultation for the Rapid Assessment of Grenada’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Agreement, that was organised by the NDC Partnership , several issues relating to the focused areas in the NDCs were examined.  Twenty (20) specially selected stakeholders reviewed the current status of the NDC implementation, identified gaps and challenges, indicated actions and support needed, as well as, opportunities and initiatives to overcome barriers in the four focused sectors: Electricity, Transport, Forestry and Waste. Working Groups during the consultation were also required to recommend practical steps for the NDC implementation for each of the sectors.

One of the recommendations put forward for consideration by Grenada’s National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, is the inclusion of HFCs into the basket of gases identified for mitigation actions.  In the current NDC framework, two gases have been targeted20181017_102057[1] for emissions reduction; carbon dioxide and methane. Mr Smith also lamented, that between 50-70% of electricity consumed in  most commercial buildings in Grenada is for comfort cooling . With the introduction of more energy efficient refrigeration and air-condition equipment, the electricity consumption and its associated CO2 emissions can be reduced to up to 45%, in some sub sectors. This can be one of the areas that can significantly contribute to reaching the emissions reductions target of 30% of 2010 levels, by 2025.  The proposal received overwhelming support by all the stakeholders and was agreed to be included in the NDC implementation plan and the review that is due in 2020.

In 2016, Parties to the Montreal Protocol struck a land-mark, legally binding agreement to phase down HFC production and consumption after many years of intense negotiations – The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Since the Kigali Amendment was adopted after the first round of NDCs were committed, only seven (7) out of a hundred and seventy four (174)  countries have included policies and actions that will reduce HFC emissions (World Resource Institute).  There is therefore a clear opportunity to strengthen actions within the context of the Paris Agreement. Parties to the Montreal Protocol, especially those like Grenada that has already ratified the Kigali Amendment that will enter into force on January 1st, 2019, can include their commitments for HFC phase down in a new or updated NDC.

Grenada will!!!!