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National Ozone Unit (NOU) St. George’s, Grenada: The two local technicians that left Grenada to complete a two week training program in Natural Refrigerant Technology in Germany returned to the island on October 20th having successfully completed the training program.

The technicians, Mr. Curtis James ans Mr. Oral Ferguson have been involved in refrigeration and air-conditioning for over 15 years. This brings the total to five (5), the number of local technicians that have benefited from the European experience working with natural refrigerants and exposure to modern, state of the art equipment used in the refrigeration an air conditioning sector.

On their return, the two technicians visited the NOU and and reported on the experience to National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.  They highlighted that the experience is of tremendous benefit to them and explored ways in which they can share the information acquired with other technicians here in Grenada.

More technicians are expected to benefit through capacity development under the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project executed by the National Ozone Unit with funding provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment…. through GIZ Proklima.

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National Ozone Unit, St. George’s, Grenada:  Four (4) local refrigeration and air conditioning technicians recently completed a train-the-trainers course in flammable refrigerant technology have been presented with their certificates upon successful completion.  They are the first in Grenada to be certified in accordance to Regulation 300/2008 of the European Commission, as as operator of stationery refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment containing certain flourinated green house gases.  They have also been certified in Flammable Refrigerant technology by Real Alternatives Europe.  The training was conducted by Centro Studi Galileo of Italy and the participants were require to pass written and practical assessments.

The four technicians are: Mr. Michalel Cadore who is a senior lectures at TAMCC, Mr. Henry Frederick attached to the Maurice Bishop Intentional Airport, Mr. Curtis James, lecturer at NEWLO and Mr. Lance Simpson, Operations Manager at Cooling Tech Grenada Limited.

October 6th, 2017, St. George’s Grenada: Local Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) technicians continue to benefit from the partnership between the National Ozone Unit and GIZ Proklima in the area of capacity development under the Cool Contributions Fighting Climate Change (C4) Project.

Two more RAC technicians will leave the island on Saturday October 7, 2017, for Germany to participate in the “Cool Training” for a two weeks period from October 9th – 20th, 2017.

The “Cool Training” is part of the Green Cooling Initiative  of GIZ Proklima that focuses on Natural Refrigerant Technologies. The aim is to provide comprehensive knowledge and capacity for the operations of cooling technologies using natural refrigerant, such as propane (R-290), carbon dioxide, (R-744) and Ammonia (R-717)

This training is comprised of 70% practical and 30% theory. It also involves field trips to innovative enterprises in Germany, such as, refrigerant companies, RAC component manufacturers and their refrigerant plants that use natural substances.

Curtis James

The two local technicians selected to participate in this training are Mr. Curtis James and Mr. Oral Ferguson. Mr. James is currently the RAC lecturer at NEWLO, while Mr. Ferguson is attached the St. George’s University – (SGU) (Maintenance Department and is also an adjunct lecturer at the T A Marryshow Community College. Both technicians have well over fifteen (15) years experience in the RAC industry. All beneficiaries of the training are required to pass on the knowledge gained to other technicians in the industry on their return.

Grenada hosted a similar regional training and certification in hydrocarbon (HC) technology for the RAC technicians in August 2017 during which participants from several Caribbean countries attended. Grenada continues to be a leader in the application of HC technology in the region. HC technology has been in Grenada for several years now, more predominantly in the domestic refrigeration sector. oral-ferguson.jpgDuring the 2017 World Ozone Day Celebrations, the NOU staged a demonstration exercise to compare the energy performance of this technology as compared to other traditional models currently in the market. The result not only proved that HC’s are ozone and climate friendly, but also more energy efficient.

Funding for the participation of the technicians is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is implemented by GIZ Proklima, under the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) Project. This project is executed by the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy.

petra.jpgSt. George’s Grenada, August 26th, 2017: During a tour of the recently established Regional Pilot Training Centre for low-GWP flammable refrigerants at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) on Friday August 25th, 2017, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph, had the distinct pleasure and privilege to turn on the first hydrocarbon based (R-290) air-conditioning system installed in Grenada.  Grenada is the recipient of two 18,000 BTU, R-290 inverter AC units under a regional demonstration project for the introduction of low GWP flammable refrigerants in the region.

The use of natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbons (R-600a, R-290 and R-1270) is now widely promoted as a long term replacement for many of the fluorinated hydrocarbons such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.  These HFCs are known to have very high ozone depleting and global warming potentials (ODP and GWP) and contribute to ozone layer depletion, global warming and climate change.

At the recently held 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in November 2016, Parties adopted to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and agreed to address the phase-out of production and consumption of high GWP HFCs.

Hydrocarbons have long being used as refrigerants are widely known for their zero ozone depleting potential and very negligible global warming potential.  They also have the added advantage as been more energy efficient that the HFCs than are currently in use.  Other advantages include smaller refrigerant quantities needed, greater thermodynamic properties and lower operating pressures that can extend the life of the compressors.

This new air-conditioning system is installed at the refrigeration and air-conditioning laboratory at TAMCC and would be used for training of students and technicians in hydrocarbon technology in the air-conditioning sector. Efforts are already underway by the National Ozone Unit to bring in another thirty (30) such units into Grenada to be used for demonstration purposes.

St. George’s, Grenada, August 28th, 2017: The T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in Grenada is the beneficiary of an initiative that resulted in the establishment of a Regional Pilot Training Centre for low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant technology. This training centre was officially launched during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the college on Friday August 25th 2017. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Centre was done by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph.  Mrs. Charles-Joseph was accompanied by Mrs. Ozunimi Iti, representing the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Mrs. Marlene Findlay, Dean of the School of Arts and Applied Technology (SAAT), TAMCC.  Also present at the ceremony were Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer and Mr. Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer, whose initiative it was to have the centre established here in Grenada.

The ceremony also formed part of the closing exercises of a four-day Regional Train-the-Trainers workshop in low-GWP flammable refrigerants that was held for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in five Caribbean countries.

20170829_092745.jpgThis training centre has been equipped with state of the art tools and equipment specifically designed to handle flammable refrigerants.  The total cost of the equipment is in excess of EC 150,000 and include, recovery machines, vacuum pumps, refrigerant identifiers, electronics scales and leak detectors, charging stations, welding machines, multi-meters and several other tools and consumable items required for good refrigeration practices.

The training centre is not only for the benefit of local technicians but also for technical colleges and RAC technicians in the region.

The launch of the training centre is part of a regional project implemented by UNIDO with funding provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal protocol on Substances that Depleted the Ozone Layer.

mof-5.jpgSt. George’s, Grenada. August 28, 2017: Twenty (20) refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians from across the sub-region participated in a four-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop and certification on low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant (Hydrocarbons) technology at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) from August 22nd – 25th, 2017.

Most of the low-GWP refrigerants that are currently entering the RAC sector are flammable gases and must be handled differently and under the strictest safety conditions.  These refrigerants in addition to being ozone and climate friendly have the additional benefit of being more energy efficient than the gases that they are replacing and their use in increasing at a very fast rate. RAC technicians therefore need to be properly equipped with the knowledge and experience in handling these flammable gases.

The training was conducted by Mr. Marino Bassi of the Centro Studi Galileo, Italy.  All twenty participants from the five participating countries (Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname and Grenada) were successful in their theoretical and practical examinations and would be certified in this technology.  The participants would also receive certification according to “Regulation (CE) No. 303/2008 by the European Commission”.  The latter certification would allow the technicians practice in any European country and in several other countries worldwide where the certification is accepted. These are the first technicians in the region to obtain this certification.

The four (4) day training constituted two days of theoretical work, one day of practical work and one day for theoretical and practical examination.  Among the many topics covered were: recovering and recycling of refrigerants, charging refrigerants, evacuation of systems, leak testing, risk assessment and general safety requirements

This training is part of the implementation activities of a regional project to train technicians in alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies in the RAC Sector and was facilitated by the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Funding was provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Grenada to Host Regional Train-the-Trainers Workshop 

“Safe handling of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) flammable refrigerants”.

  1. GEORGE’S, GRENADAAugust 21, 2017.As signatories to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, Grenada and other Parties are called upon to introduce longer-term alternatives with low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) and greater energy efficiency.

The phase out of ozone depleting substances (ODS), specifically in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector has resulted in the introduction of some alternatives that have relatively high GWP and contribute to global warming.

Refrigerant manufacturers are now moving towards the production of alternative refrigerants with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) and very low GWP, such as hydrocarbons (HCs).

However, these HCs are flammable and must be handled under the strictest safety conditions. Specialized training for technicians on flammability, needs to be done in order to ensure that only well trained technicians service and install HC based equipment, since the risk associated with flammability and the thermodynamic properties of these refrigerants have not always been taken into account

As a consequence, the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to conduct a Regional Train-the-Trainers workshop and to launch a Regional Pilot Training Centre in the “Safe Handling of low GWP flammable refrigerants” at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

The workshop which will be held from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th August,  2017, is part of the implementation activities under a Regional Project and would have a total of twenty (20) participants, four (4) each from the five partner countries: Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Grenada.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To enhance the expertise and confidence of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians in handling low GWP flammable refrigerants
  • To expose RAC technicians to the latest hydrocarbon (HC) based equipment and components on the market
  • To equip RAC instructors and trainers with greater knowledge and experience to be able to conduct subsequent training to other technicians.

This certified workshop would be facilitated by the Centro Galileo Institute of Italy and will comprise of two days theoretical sessions, one day of practical work and a final day for evaluation and certification of successful participants.

At the end of the four-day training workshop, a Regional Pilot Training Center will be established at TAMCC. This center will be a model training facility, fully equipped with modern, state-of-the-art hydrocarbon specific equipment designed to handle flammable refrigerants – the first of its kind in the region.

Funding for this project is provided by the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and is being implemented by UNIDO, with Grenada as the lead executing partner.

St. George’s Grenada, May 23, 2017:  The National Ozone Unit in the energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy hosted the first ever Curriculum Development Workshop in the sub-region for training refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians.

Representativecur devs from the five partner countries participating in the Regional Demonstration Project on Safe handling of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants attended the workshop at the Kalinago Beach Resort on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The one-day workshop which included a total of ten (10) local and oversea participants, representing state colleges and training institutions, came from the Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and host country Grenada.

The Workshop was facilitated by Mr. Gianfranco Cattabriga, a Consultant with the Centro Studi Galileo, of Italy.  Mr. Cattabriga presented on a wide range of topics that would equip instructors of refrigeration and air-conditioning with modern techniques and approaches in delivering high quality information to their students.

The workshop was funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer and is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Other major components of this project are: a regional train-the-trainers workshop on handling flammable refrigerants, scheduled for later in the year and the establishment of a regional pilot training centre for flammable refrigerants at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

These training initiatives are in line with Grenada and the other participating countries efforts to phase out ozone depleting substances and to establish a safe hydrocarbon and other natural refrigerant use culture.

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Grenada Well Ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule

 St. George’s, Grenada, Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Natural Disaster Management and Information, Senator Winston Garraway, in addressing the Annual Network Meeting for Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Grenada on May 17th, announced that Grenada is well ahead of its Montreal Protocol target in the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances.  Senator Garraway, indicated that in the phase out of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC’s), one of the most significant Ozone Depleting Substances, Grenada was able to phase out this group of chemicals in 2006, four (4) years ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule of 2010.

He further stated that in the phase out of a new group of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), with a much lower ozone depleting potential – Hydroflorocarbons, Grenada is approximately eight years ahead of the Montreal Protocol Schedule.  As a matter of fact Grenada’s current consumption level is where it is expected to be in the year 2025.

Senator Garraway also took the opportunity to outline some of the activities undertaken by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) that has contributed to Grenada’s successful path under the Montreal Protocol. These activities include:

  • Training of approximately 80% of Refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians in Good Refrigeration Practices and alternative Ozone Friendly technologies;
  • Training of Customs Officers, Trade Officials and the Bureau of standards in Control and Monitoring of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances;
  • Establishment of a licensing and quota system to regulate the importation of ODS;
  • Establishment of labeling standards for ODS containers and for the safe use, handling and storage of ODS;
  • Establishment of 20 recovery and recycling centers throughout Grenada for ODS management;
  • Assistance provided in the upgrade of the curriculum at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) to an Associate Degree Program;
  • Establishment of a scholarship program that has so far benefitted 33 students to undertake Certificate and Associate Degree programs at TAMCC;
  • Establishment and coordination of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association;
  • A robust public awareness and education campaign for the major stakeholders

Grenada’s role in the global effort to safeguard the fragile stratospheric ozone layer is exemplary and commendable.  At the international level, Grenada continues to attract world recognition and respect for its performance in the global quest to heal the ozone layer.

Grenada and other parties to the Montreal Protocol are now preparing to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol agreed to at the 28th Meeting of the Parties in Kigali Rwanda in October, 2016. The Kigali Amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) commits the world’s nations to significantly reduce consumption and production of HFCs by 2050.

St. George’s, Grenada:  May 22, 2017: At the recently concluded Annual Sub-Regional Meeting for the Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Grenada from May 17-19, National Ozone Officers from thirteen (13) Caribbean countries met and discussed at length issues surrounding the recently agreed Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and its implications for low volume consuming (LVC) countries.

Over the three days of the meeting, the Ozone Officers examined thoroughly the key areas of the Kigali Amendment and held discussions on Decision XXVIII/2 of the Twenty-eight Meeting of the Parties (28 MOP). Presentations surrounding these issues were deliMOF-11vered by Dr. Gilbert Bankobeza of the Ozone Secretariat and Mr. Alexandro Ramirez-Pabon of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat (MLFS).  Dr. Bankobeza presented an overview of the Kigali Amendment and Dec. XXVIII/2 and outlined the key steps towards the ratification process. Meanwhile, Mr. Ramirez-Pabon focused his presentation on the outcome of the key Decisions of the specially convened 78th Executive Committee meeting of the MLFS which focused primarily on the Kigali Amendment.

Ozone Officers were also engaged in discussions with regional organizations -the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the CARICOM Secretariat on establishing partnerships in addressing the implementation of the Kigali Amendment.  Representatives from the Hotel and Tourism sector were also part of the discussion since that sector is a major consumer of HFCs in the region.  There was also the chance to discuss potential financing opportunities with Mrs. Helen Picot representing the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP).

After the three days of intense discussion, National Ozone Officers agreed that they now have a greater understanding of the Kigali Amendment and are better prepared to advance its ratification and address the first set of control measures for HFCs.