You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘News’ category.

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!!!!


06467DB8-9E3A-485B-BFD7-A8979E1AE4D3.pngSt. George’s, Grenada. Monday, October 15th, 2018: Executive Members of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) have been meeting weekly for the last three (3) weeks to finalize plans for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association.

The AGM is scheduled for Wednesday October 23rd, 2018, at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) from 5:00 p.m. The AGM will feature the President’s and Secretary’s Reports and the preparation of the work plan for 2019.  A feature address will be delivered by guest speaker, Dr. John Telesford.  Election of officers to form the new executive is also on the agenda the AGM.

The current executive, lead by Vice President, Mr.Lenard Frank is on a robust drive to increase the membership of the Association leading up the to the AGM. A special appeal is being made to all members of the GRAVA and RAC technicians interested in joining the Association to attend the AGM.

Registration forms are available at: SNJ Electrical on HA Blaize Street, Cooling Tech Limited at Dusty Highway, BL International at the Frequente Industrial Park and at the National Ozone Unit, at the Financial Complex, Carenage, St. George’s.

GRAVA has been a very active association in Grenada and the wider Caribbean region since its inception in 2006. In recent years the association has been less active and less visible in the industry and efforts are underway to rejuvenate its operations.

Additional information can be obtained from Mr. Lenard Frank on telephone number: 409 0832, Mr Nicholas Joseph on telephone number, 407 2531 or Mr. John Campbell on telephone number, 409 0025.


Executive members in discussion

AGM 20182REV

St. George’s, Grenada, October 15th, 2018: Two local refrigeration  and air-condition technicians have left the island on Saturday October 13th, 2018 for Germany to participate in a Study Tour for managers and engineers involved in the installation of chiller type air conditioning systems.

The Study Tour which is scheduled from October 15th to 19th, 2018, will include hands on experiences in the installation of chillers and field visits to end users. The technicians will also attend the Chillventa Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.  The Chillventa fair which is held every two years is a trade fair and exhibition for energy efficiency, heat pumps, refrigeration and air-conditioning technologies. Great focus will be on the use of Natural refrigerants as a replacement for the high global warming flourinated gases used in refrigerationa and air-conditioning systems. The technicians will have an opportunity to connect and network with the industry top manufacturers, professionals, associations and research institutes. “This is where trade, industry, plant construction, users, training and research meet to discuss the latest trends, make contact and do business”

The exposure and experience to be gained by the technicians is critical for Grenada at this time, as the Kigali Amanendment to the Montreal Protocol will enter into force on January 1st, 2019.  Grenada is one of three Caribbean countries to have already ratified the Kigali Amendment. This Amendment will kick start officially the initial activities to phase down the high GWP hydrchlorofluorocarbons (HFC) that are widely used in these AC systems.

The technicians, who are both mechanical engineers, were nominaed from two of the leading RAC companies in Grenada, that are involved in the installation of chillers.  Mr. Lance Simpson, who is the Assistant General Manager and Operations Manager at Cooling Tech Limited and Ms. Jamie St. John of Viking Engineering Co (Gda) Ltd, are the two technicians. Both technicians have also received the Cool Training in Natural Refrigerants.    Ms Jamie St. John, was only recently recognised by the National Ozone Unit, as part of the World Ozone Day celebrations, as one of the few females who are involved in refrigeration and air-conditioning in Grenada.  The two technicians are expected to share on the knowledge and experience gained with other local technicians on their return to Grenada.

The particpation of the technicians at the Study Tour and Trade Fair is made possible through the Susainable Phase-Out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project that is funded by the European Union and the Government of Germany and implemented through GIZ Proklima. The National Ozone Unit is the executing agency on behalf of the Government of Grenada.

View video at the link below:

Green air conditioners for tropical Grenada?

Air conditioners are becoming increasingly popular in the tropical heat of Grenada and Carriacou. Efforts to make them more climate friendly are posing new challenges for local technicians.

   Project goal: GIZ wants to promote a more climate-friendly kind of air conditioner on Grenada and Carriacou. The effort is part of the IKI-project “Cool Contributions Fighting Climate Change”

Project implementation: Among other things, the project supports partner countries’ efforts to remove obstacles to the use of natural cooling agents and propellants
Project partners: Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Trade, Energy and Cooperatives, Grenada,International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Project scope: Aside from Grenada, the project area also encompasses Costa Rica, Iran, Vietnam and Philippines, and is supported by BMU with a total of €4.7 million ($5.5 million)
Project duration: From Januray 2016 to June 2021

The Carribean heat on Grenada and Carriacou makes air conditioners a popular addition to the home. Though they traditionally have poor green credentials, there are now efforts to make the devices more environmentally friendly by using propane as a natural cooling agent. But the gas is highly flammable, meaning installation and maintenance require special knowledge and skills on the part of technicians, something they often lack — until now.

A film by Katja Döhne


St. George’s, Grenada. September 17th, 2018. A recognition and award ceremony was held by the National Ozone Unit on Monday September 17th, 2018 to recognize women who are involved in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in Grenada. During the ceremony seventeen (17) women were presented with special recognition awards.  The ceremony formed part of the “Watch Me Work” initiative organised by the NOU as part of the celebrations to commemorate World Ozone Day, 2018.

Seven (7) ladies received awards for their services to the industry, either as, managers, sales clerks, procurement officers or instructors while another ten (10) who are active technicians in the field received tool-kits, valued at EC $1,600.00 each.

Preceding the award ceremony, a special symposium was organised for women who are involved in the RAC sector as well as RAC students and other females with interest in this sector. Many of the issues associated with women who operate in male dominated technical fields were addressed. Challenges, opportunities as well as successes were identified by the many speakers who presented. Among the speakers were: Ms. Shakira Boyce, RAC Instructor at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, Barbados, Mrs. Anya Menezes-Chow Chung, CEO at George F. Huggins and Mrs Elaine Henry-McQueen, Senior Programme Officer at the Division of Gender and Family Affairs. Also sharing on their personal experiences were: Ms Michelle Slinger an Architect for over twenty years and Mrs Samantha Hossle, an engineer at Grenada Electricity Company (Grenlec) with over fifteen years experience in the field.



 An integral part of the day’s activity was a practical demonstration by the female technicians. They skillfully performed the task of  removing an existing air conditioner at the HVAC Classroom at TAMCC, that operates with a potent high global warming, green house gas and replaced it with an environmentally safe, energy efficient alternative unit.

In line with theme for the 2018 World Ozone Day Celebration, the NOU urges these young ladies to “Keep Cool and Carry on”.

20180824_151619.jpg       20180831_121746.jpg

St. George’s Grenada., August 31st, 2018: Refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in Grenada were the beneficiaries of expert training in Natural refrigerant technology during the period of August 20th – 31st 2018. Forty five (45) refrigeration and air conditioning technicians received training in theory and practicals from German expert, Mr. Dennis Huehren who visited the island to conduct the training under the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project.

The training delivered consisted of three components: (a) Theory which had 40 participants (b) Fit for Splits -train the trainers, 16 participants and (c) Brazing practicals which had 33 participants.  Some technicians participated in all three components

The Gre20180831_092927.jpgnada Cool Training which is a variation and an off-shoot of the International Cool Training organised by GIZ Proklima in Germany, is intended not only to benefit local technicians but other technicians in the Caribbean region.  The premier training institution on the island, the T A Marryshow Community College has already agreed to adopt the training and to incorporate as part of the training offered to technicians.

Mr. Heston Mann ad Mr. Shannel Franklyn, refrigeration and air-conditioning teachers


Mr. Heston Mann

of St. Mark’s Secondary School and Boca Secondary School respectively, returned to Grenada after successfully completing a  two weeks training course in Germany, in the area of Natural Refrigerant technologies.


Mr. Shannel Franklyn

These two schools are the only secondary schools on the island that offers refrigeration and air-conditioning as part of their technical curriculum.  Additionally, the schools will be introducing Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) certification when  new academic year starts in September 2018. The intention of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) is to have a module on Natural Refrigerants included in the syllabus of this program. The selection of the teachers to attend this training is geared towards equipping them with the knowledge and experience to adequately prepare the students in new and emerging technologies that are ozone and climate friendly.

Natural refrigerant technology is one of the technologies that is promoted by the NOU as a replacement for the high global warming and ozone depleting flouorinated gases that are currently used in the RAC sector in Grenada.

The attendance of the training was facilitated by the NOU with support from the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project that is funded by the government of Germany through GIZ


Mr. Henry Frederick

Thursday July 26th, 2018, National Ozone Unit:  Grenada, considered to be one of the leading countries in the region in the application and promotion of low and zero global warming potential alternatives (Natural Refrigerants) in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector (RAC), is sharing its knowledge and experience in this area with other countries in the region. As early as the year 2005, the country invested in developing the capacity of local technicians and  providing training for approximately 75% of technicians in hydrocarbon technology. Hydrocarbons have long been considered as one of the best alternatives to replace the high ozone depleting and global warming flourinated gases used in the RAC sector.

On Monday July 23rd, 2018, local RAC trainer, Mr. Henry Frederick left the island for Belize to deliver a two day training on hydrocarbon technology on Wednesday 25th to Thursday 26th. Mr. Frederick who was invited by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Belize is one of the leading experts  in Grenada with over twelve years experience working with with hydrocarbons as a refrigerant.

Over the years other Grenadian experts in this area have visited other islands of the Caribbean, namely, Guyana, Dominic, Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis  to deliver similar training.















On Wednesday July 18th, 2018, a refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) stakeholder workshop was held to present the key findings of Grenada’s inventory for the RAC sector. This workshop formed part of the activities under the Global programme “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change” (C4), that is implemented by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Energy, Transport & Implementation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

During a brief opening ceremony, Technincal Advisor to the GIZ, Ms Marion Geiss in her remarks informed the participants that ” the global demand for air conditioners is expected to triple by 2050, due increase of temperature and more disposable income available – and Grenada is no exception”. The C4 project therefore aims to encourage the use of energy-efficient refrigeration and AC equipment using environmentally-friendly, natural refrigerants.

Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer, representing the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Energy, Transport and Implementation reminded the participants that a successful outcome of the C4 project cannot be achieved without the partnership and contribution of all the stakeholders.  He further thanked the GIZ  on behalf of the Government of Grenada for the technical and financial assistance provided through the C4 project and encouraged participants to use this event to broader their understanding of the benefits provided by energy efficient and climate friendly refrigeration technologies.

Stakeholders discussing the use of refrigeration and AC
Group Work

Under the inventory component of the project, a comprehensive inventory survey was completed by local consultant Dr. John Telesford, that collected data on the stocks and sales of the RAC appliances used in Grenada, in each of the following sub-sectors: domestic, commercial, industrial and mobile refrigeration and air conditioning units. This inventory data was translated into mitigation scenarios and projections in order to provide hands-on advice towards reducing the energy and refrigerant consumption in the RAC sector.

In addition, stakeholders at the workshop were informed about cooling appliances’ impact on the refrigerant and energy consumption and related direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions as well as identifying low-hanging fruits and key priorities to mitigate climate change in the RAC sector. To achieve these, Irene Papst, a technical consultant for the Cool Contributions Fighting Climate Change (C4) project, presented information on “Legal and regulatory tools for greening Grenada’s RAC sector”.

The participants of the workshop were also presented with the first set of monitoring data from the pilot sites of the highly energy efficient, natural refrigerant, R-290 (propane) split air conditioners that were recently handed over to the Government of Grenada. Preliminary data indicates that the electricity consumption of these units is approximately one third of existing similar units installed. The project plans to provide more updated data on the pilot projects over the coming months.

During the workshop Mr. Curllan Bhola, technical expert at the C4 project, used the opportunity to present the plans of the NOU to develop a national Cool Training program for RAC technicians. The first training is planned for August 2018.

Friday July 6th, 2018: Grenada, being one of the early ratifiers of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, is moving steadfastly to phase down the use of fluorinated, high global warming potential gases in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

D451755E-4F11-4D1F-B230-4A45328A0B3EUnder the project “Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change”, executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU), thirty (30) air-conditioning units have been provided by the German government through GIZ, to promote the use of nattural refrigerants and energy efficiency in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.  Ultimately the project would reduce Co2 emissions related to energy consumption thereby assisting the country in meeting its Co2 reduction commitments . Public and private sector entities have been selected to participate in the project.

The Grenada Customs and Excise Division is the first beneficiary of these AC units.  On Friday July 6th, 2018, a low global warming potential (GWP) 18,000 BTU, R-290 mini-split air condition unit was installed at the office of the Deputy Comptroller of Customs, to replace the high GWP, HFC-410A, that was previously installed.  From early indications, the energy performance of the unit is very impressive.  Energy and temperature monitors have also been installed on the equipment to monitor performance for the next four weeks.

The program of installation of the new units in the participating institutions will continue during the upcoming weeks.  The before and after data will be collected and analyzed.  This information 5E955256-C186-4221-8EC8-82FD33C92057
would then be used to drive a robust public awareness campaign to promote the use of air-condition units using natural refrigerants – R-290.

On hand to receive the new unit and to express the gratitude of the Customs Department was Deputy Comptroller of Customs, with responsibility for Airport, Accounts and Building Maintenance,  Mr. Shane Derby.


October 2018
« Sep    

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.