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.