Monday September 9th, 2019, São Paulo Brazil:  Grenada will participate for the first time at the FEBRAVA Exhibition and the CONBRAVA Congress in Brazil for the Heating, Ventilating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry, from September 10th – 13th, 2019.

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Kwesi Hamlet at the CONBRAVA Congress, São Paulo, Braizil

The FEBRAVA Exhibition and it’s technical Congress, CONBRAVA, is a biennial event organised by the Brazilian HVAC Association that is considered to be the most important HVAC-R event in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Over 400 exhibitors and approximately 40,000 visitors are expected at the event.

The 2019 edition of the event is aimed at providing governments, the private sector ad other stakeholders, with the appropriate tools and an avenue to access information, technology trends and engage into meaningful discussions related to policy and standards. It will also assist developing countries in facilitating the transfer from the high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants to zero/low GWP alternatives, that are also energy efficient. It is also an opportunity for the stakeholders to establish valuable partnerships and to network with each other.

The participants from Grenada are the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith and refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technician and entrepreneur, Mr. Kwesi Hamlet. Mr. Hamlet is the owner and manager of Ultra Kool Services; a company that provides installation, repair and maintenance services, as well as, sale of parts and supplies for RAC equipment. When asked what his expectations in attending are, Mr. Hamlet indicated, “I want to be be able to network and establish business relationships with RAC equipment manufacturers, product developers and experts. I would also like to get first hand exposure and experience in the new and emerging technologies on the market so that I can better advise my clients on making informed decisions on technology options that are eco-friendly”. Mr. Hamlet recently participated in the pilot stage of the Refrigerant Drivers License program organised by the National Ozone Unit, where he was trained to be an instructor and assessor in the training of other technicians in Grenada.

While the FEBRAVA exhibition will focus on products and services offered by manufacturers, promoters and experts, the CONBRAVA Congress will cover a wide range of topics, many which would be of relevance to Grenada, including:

  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) alternatives
  • Energy efficiency
  • LEED and Green/Sustainable buildings
  • Maintenance management, training and good practices
  • Standardization and regulations
  • Demanufacturing and disposal

Field visits are also organised to facilitate exchange of information and experiences on key areas such as: Recycling and Reclaiming Centers, ODS Destruction Facilities, Hydrocarbon Training Schools, Standards Association, CO2 Training Center and a visit to the Sao Paulo’s State Climate and Ozone Environment Agency.

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Mr. Hamlet at he FEBRAVA Exhibition

Grenada’s participation at the event is facilitated through funding provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol as part of the Capacity Development Component of the HCFC Pahse out Management Plan (HPMP) that is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Special thanks is also extended to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Offcier for Latin America and the Caribbean for the logistical arrangements provided.