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By: Curllan Bhola, GIZ Technical Consultant, C4 Project.

St. George’s, Grenada August 31, 2019: From Tuesday August 20th to Wednesday August 23rd, 2019, a workshop entitled, “Kigali Amendment: Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean Region” was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), supported by the Government of New Zealand and  hosted by the Nationaunido workshop participantsl Ozone Unit (NOU) of  in Trinidad and Tobago.

The two-day workshop was attended by almost thirty (30) ozone and climate officers together with UNDP officials from across the English Speaking Caribbean region, and Haiti. The main objective of the workshop was to increase the understanding of the Kigali Amendment’s requirement and its implications for the Caribbean, ensuring countries be in the best position to tackle challenges and cash in on the opportunities that the amendment offers.

In the Caribbean region, significant investment in sustainable cooling technologies presents opportunities to: improve food security, human health, productivity and energy efficiency. Actions targeting sustainable cooling is one of the critical areas for tackling the climate change and achieving sustainable development. The availability of low (and ultra-low) global warming potential (GWP) alternatives is crucial to promote a sustainable transition and leap frog the growth of high GWP HFCs.

Discussions during the workshop centered around: consumption baseline calculations, consumption trends, establishment of licensing and quota systems, reporting requirements, available alternative technologies, among other topics. Some of the major challenges identified were:

  • Lack of access and availability to low GWP alternatives for all RAC applications
  • Uncertainty of the financial infrastructure for the additional obligations
  • Inadequate capacity, equipment and resources to handle the new and emerging technologies
  • Disposal and end of life treatment of RAC equipment and refrigerants
  • Reporting requirements
  • Data Collection ( HS Classification for HFCs)

In addition, the workshop included a presentation from Trinidad and Tobago on energy efficiency through the development of low-carbon RAC technologies and an overview of their national cooling strategy.

The Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to the Kigali Amendment in 2016 (entered into force January 1, 2019), a milestone agreement that addresses the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Grenada is among three (3) Caribbean countries that have already ratified the Kigali Amendment.

The meeting also served in preparing National Ozone Officers for the discussions and negotiations during the upcoming 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol , in Rome Italy, from November 4th – 8th, 2019.

RDL Officials and ParticpantsAugust 22, 2019, St. George’s, Grenada: On Thursday August 22nd, 2019 eight (8) senior refrigeration and air-conditioning experts in Grenada completed the train-the-trainers  global Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) program.  The RDL training which is a collaboration between the UN Environment and the Air-conditioning, Heating and refrigeration Institute (AHRI) of the United States was organised in collaboration with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada.  The four (4) day training was held at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) , from Monday August 19th – Thursday August 22nd, 2019. The training was conducted by master trainer, Mr. Manuel Azucena, from the Philippines.

The RDL is a globally recognized and acceptable qualification program that sets minimum requirements for the proper and safe management of refrigerants in air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment.  The main objective of the program is to help prepare Grenada for a smooth transition to alternative low/zero global warming potential (GWP) alternative refrigerants. The RDL program is supported by key international refrigeration and air-conditioning industry associations, including, ABRAVA, ACAIRE, AREA, AREMA, ASHRAE, EPEE, JRAIA, Refrigerant Australia and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy.

Over the four days of the program, the local experts received extensive theoretical and practical training to become trainers and assessors for the RDL program. Part of the exercise required them to be assessed during presentations on various RAC topics. The final day of the training was reserved for the four (4) hours external theoretical and practical examinations. The practical examination included extensive evaluation of the following key areas:

  • Tubing Works
    • Identification of tools and tubing practices, straightening, measuring, cutting, deburring, bending, swaging and flaring
    • brazing
  • Parameter reading and leak checking
  • Recovery, Vacuum and Charging

rdl-participants-e1566576352557.jpgThe participants of the training were: Michael Mitchell, Michael Cadore, Henry Frederick, Lance Simpson, Curtis James, Colville Julien, Glenn Forsyth and Kwesi Hamlet.  In approximately three (3) weeks time the participants will know their fate, by which time their examination papers would be graded  by AHRI and the results posted.

 

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