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FBFA99DE-0807-4863-8F8A-FB0F92CBDCEAMontreal, Canada: December 16th, 2019: Honorable Alvin Dabreo, Minister in the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries and Disaster Management is attending the 84th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer taking place in Montreal Canad from December 16th – 20th, 2019.

Minister Dabreo is attending in his capacity as President of the Bureau to the 31st Meeting of the Parties.  At the Executive Committee meeting a number of key financial decisions are taken particularly with respect to funding approval for country projects and proposals.  Among the key issues to be discussed at this Executive Committee meeting are, matters relating to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, in particular the development of the cost guidelines for the phase-down of HFCs and Energy Efficiency. Another important issue on the agenda for discussion is the implications of integrating the implementation of the HCFC phaseout  and HFC phase down activities.

Also attending the meeting is the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, who is an elected member of the Executive Committee for the years 2018 and 2019 and representing Grenada from the regional network of Latin America and the Caribbean.

facebook_1576123763285Georgetown, Guyana. Thursday 5th December, 2019: Heating, Ventilating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration technicians from across the Caribbean region met in Guyana to attend an Energy efficiency and alternatives Technologies Workshop from December 3rd – 5th, 2019 organised by the National Ozone Action Unit of Guyana in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of New Zealand.

Also attending the meeting was the National Ozone Officer of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith, who seized the opportunity to convene a meeting of the technicians to discuss an “old” issue that has been given “new life”.  The idea of a formation of a Caribbean Association of HVAC technicians was  initiated in Grenada in 2012 and recently discussed at an Expert Group Meeting organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Suriname (October 5th, 2019) and more recently at a Caribbean Cooling (C-COOL) Initiative Strategic Workshop for a Regional Consortium in Grenada (October 30th, 2019).

During this special meeting organised in the margins of the Energy Efficiency Workshop, twenty four (24) technicians representing a cross section of thirteen (13) countries across the Caribbean attended. In addition to the issue of the HVAC Association,convener of the meeting, Mr. Leslie Smith identified several other areas for discussion, among them were: the development of a unified curriculum for HVAC-R training at tertiary institutions in the region, the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Caribbean HVAC associations and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA) and a regional licensing system for technicians.

A major outcome of the meeting was the establishment of a Steering Committee with the overall objective of setting up the framework and leveraging financing for the establishment of the regional association of HVAC-R technicians. The steering committee is comprised of the following members:

  1. Leslie Smith – Grenada (Chair/Convener)
  2. Frederick Beausoleil – St. Lucia (Recording Secretary)
  3. Michael Harte – St. Lucia
  4. Grantly Parris – barbados
  5. Gary Peters – St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  6. Vernon Ramjattan – Trinidad & Tobago
  7. Patrick Chinedu Ozwuzirike – Guyana

The Committee already held its first meeting in Guyana and discussed among other issues:

  • the selection of a Chair and Recording Secretary;
  • the development of Terms of Reference (TOR) for its members;
  • Distribution of introductory letters to all HVAC-R associations in the Caribbean
  • A schedule for virtual meetings of the Steering Committee

The National Ozone Unit of Grenada wishes this Committee well in coordinating activities for regional HVAC-R technicians.

C355F458-8622-4D99-9ED3-243673396103Georgetown, Guyana. December 4th, 2019. Grenada is participating in a three day seminar on Energy Efficiency and Alternative Technologies for the Cooling sector from December 3rd to 5th, 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana.  The seminar is organized by the National Ozone Unit of Guyana in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of New Zealand.

The seminar has a strong focus on the use of natural refrigerants in the cooling sector principally hydrocarbon (R-2900) and Carbon dioxide (CO2).  The participants will also visit CO2 and ammonia cooling systems in Guyana. More details will follow.

December 2019

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