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The National Ozone Unit (NOU) and the Energy Division (ED) of the Ministry of Finance and Energy extend condolences to the family of Mr. Sebastien Paul and members of staff of SP’s International Trading on the untimely death of Mr. Paul.

Mr. Paul has been an extremely close stakeholder to both the NOU and the ED, as the sole distributor of Natural Refrigerants in Grenada and as a supplier of Energy Efficient appliances. Mr. Paul and his company’s relationship goes back as far as November 2006 when he first introduced the Abro line of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants to local refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians. Subsequently, this refrigerant has been distributed to several other Caribbean countries. Hydrocarbon refrigerants are favoured over other refrigerants because of their negligible ozone depleting and zero global warming potentials as well as their higher energy efficiency.

SP’s International Trading has always been a very active participant in several of the Hydrocarbon Technology Retrofit Demonstrations held by the NOU and the Energy Efficiency Exhibitions held by the Energy Division to commemorate Energy Week in Grenada.  The Company also worked very closely with the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) and has been a main supporter of their many activities

This is indeed a huge loss of a great man, with a generous heart.

Mr. Paul died on Friday March 3rd, 2017. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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St. George’s Grenada: January 27th, 2014.  Imani trainees participating in the two week Customs Officers orientation program organized by the Grenada Customs and Excise Division of the Ministry of Finance received training in the Control and Monitoring of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

The sixteen trainees were exposed to a variety of topics related to Ozone Layer Protection and the roles and agency functions that customs officers have to perform as a major stakeholder in the prevention of illegal trade in ODS.

Among the many topics they were exposed to, included: ODS Classification and Identification, ODS Smuggling Techniques, Case Studies on Seizures and the National and International Response to Ozone layer Depletion through the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments.

This aspect of the training was presented by Mr. Gerard James. Mr. James has also been used by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of the Energy Division to train Customs Officers in the Prevention of Illegal Trade in ODS.  The orientation programme ended on Friday January 24th, 2013 and is in preparation for a two year training assignment within the Customs and Excise Division for the participants.

Opportunities in transition to hydrocarbons in small-island developing states

With low demand power and high dependency on availability and accessibility of equipment in surrounding countries, small-island developing states face unique challenges in their efforts to leapfrog into low-GWP alternatives, such as hydrocarbons. A side-event to a recent Montreal Protocol meeting outlined not only barriers, but also opportunities and possibilities for the way forward.

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During the 33rd Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol a side-event was organised by the UNEP OzonAction to discuss the special challenges of small-island developing states (SIDS) in phasing out ozone depleting substances (ODS) as well as in their efforts to transition to climate-friendly alternatives. Out of 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol, 39 are recognised by the United Nations to be part of the group of small islands developing countries.

Unique challenges of small-island states

While different specific challenges apply to each of the island states the speakers agreed that the unavailability and difficult accessibility of ozone- and climate-friendly alternatives is one of the most significant challenges. These islands are essentially technology takers highly dependent on the international trade and availability of the equipment in countries in their proximity. Lack of information and limited amount of human and financial resources to handle alternative technologies are additional major challenges, which need to be addressed.

At the same time, small islands are exposed to global environmental challenges and external economic shocks, which has been recognised in the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Several thoughts on the way forward were shared:

  • Public education and awareness raising
  • Capacity building – training
  • Financial incentives to encourage transition to low-GWP alternatives
  • Building regulatory infrastructure – codes and standards

Opportunities for ‘leap-frogging’ to low-GWP alternatives

Mr Leslie Smith from the National Ozone Unit in Grenada highlighted some of the key reasons why SIDS need to be looking at ‘leap-frogging’ into long-term environmentally sound alternatives to ODS. “We need to avoid triple or multiple phase-outs of HFCs technologies”, he stressed. Moreover, ‘leap-frogging’ can lead to avoidance of approximately of 8.8 GT CO2eq by 2050.

In his presentation, he suggested the following approaches to ‘leap-frogging’:

  • Avoid HFC technology selection for new equipment as much as possible
  • Replace HFC equipment in service with low-GWP alternative where possible
  • Improve training, recovery and recycling
  • Introduce or amend to codes and standards
  • Introduce disposal and destruction technologies

“We must ensure that our ODS legislation include or is amended to include HFC control and in so doing we can impose restrictions on HFC import by simply amending the legislation that we have”, Mr Smith added.

Mauritius targets phase-out of HCFCs 5 years ahead of deadline

Mr Rajenda Kumar Foolmaun from the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development of Mauritius highlighted that the objective is to implement the HCFC phase-out programme 5 years ahead of the deadline period of 2030 and explained that this will be possible especially as a result of a good collaboration among all stakeholders in Mauritius. In addition, since there are only two entry points (airport and harbour) to the country, the control of imported goods is very effective. Mr Foolmaun mentioned that some of the key aspects that need to be implemented include not only awareness campaigns and training of technicians, but also introduction of incentives for the use of low-GWP alternatives, such as hydrocarbons.

“There is a very important need to strengthen multilateral agreement between developed countries and SIDS for empowerment and technology transfer of the latest technology, not second-hand equipment”, Mr Foolmaun stressed. In addition, the cooperation among SIDS needs to be reinforced so that they can share experience and have a common voice.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

All members of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) as well as other interested Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technicians in Grenada are invited to attend a Special General Meeting of the Association.
This meeting is scheduled for Thursday the 27th of June, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. at the T A Marryshow Community College, Tanteen, St. George’s.
The meeting will discuss among other things

  • The introduction of the new President
  • The Association’s Work Plan for the fiscal year 2012-2013,
  • Training opportunities
  • An update on the Association’s operation over the last 6 months

All are asked to make a special effort to attend and to be on time. For further information, please contact any member of the executive or call telephone number 409-0025 or 414-5786.”

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Mr. Augustine John, President, GRAVA

GRAVA Elects a New President

St. George’s Grenada, Thursday April 04, 2013: The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) at a Special General Meeting called for members on Thursday April 4th, 2013, elected a new President to govern the affairs of the Association.   The meeting was called after outgoing president Mr. Henry Frederick tendered his resignation on March 8th, 2013, having served in the position for approximately four months.

The new President, Mr. Augustine John was elected unopposed by the members present at the meeting.  Mr. John who is a former school principal and a former Government Minister, pursued his studies in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning in Germany and brings over twenty (20) years experience to the executive.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. John thanked the members for the confidence they have placed in him and pledged his full commitment to advance the aims and objectives of the association.

As part of his early responsibilities as President, the members issued a mandate to Mr. John to undertake as a priority the following activities:  constitutional review, establishment of working committees, a newsletter publication and a review of the current annual work plan of the association.

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) would like to extend congratulations to Mr. John and wish him well in his tenure as President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association.

National  Ozone Unit (NOU) Teams Up with NGO to host Training

 

Monday March 18, 2013:  The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada in collaboration with GRENCASE, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) will be providing skills training for a number of persons in Grenada who are interested in getting into the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning.

The eight (8) weeks long training, which began on Monday March 18th, 2013, focuses on the fundamentals of refrigeration and air-conditioning and will be conducted by experts from the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association.  The training is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the GRENCASE Conference Room on Young Street, St. George’s and will include both theoretical and practical components.  The course outline includes topics such as: Introduction to Refrigeration, the Refrigerant Cycle, Thermodynamics, Tools and Equipment, Safe Practices, Basic Trouble Shooting, among others.

The idea behind this type of training is to create awareness, interest and encouragement for persons to enter the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning, but more importantly, to expose them at an early stage to Good Refrigeration Practices.  Additionally, the training is seen as an opportunity to empower the participants to be able to create their own employment opportunities.

The NOU and GRENCASE are extremely satisfied with the outcome of the registration of applicants for the program; the course was over subscribed within one week of its announcement.  This initiative to partner with GRENCASE to deliver this type of training is part of Grenada’s implementation activities under the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to phase out ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

 

Ozone Depleting System (ODS) Import Quota System Takes Effect

Grenada, through the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance has implemented further measures to control the importation of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).  The first import control measure was implemented in the year 2006 when a licensing system was established for the importation of all refrigerants into the country. Refrigerants are the only known ODS consumed in Grenada. This licensing system was primarily responsible for Grenada being able to phase out the consumption of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most potent ODSs, four years ahead of the Montreal Protocol phase out target (2010).

Pursuant to Decision XIX/6  of the Meeting of the Parties in 2009 to accelerate the phase out of hydrochlorfluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, additional measures have been implemented to achieve this target.  As of January 01, 2013 a quota system has been implemented to further restrict the importation of all HCFC refrigerants into the country.

Under the Montreal Protocol obligations, Grenada and other developing countries are required to freeze consumption of all HCFC in 2013 at a baseline established on the average consumption for the years 2009, and 2010 and to reduce consumption by 10% in 2015.  In this regard a number of over-arching strategies, supported by projects and activities have been developed into a strategic plan, referred to as the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP).  This plan, which was launched in June 2011, outlines the country’s commitment to phase-out all HCFCs by the year 2030.

Thirteen (13) importers of HCFC refrigerants have been issued quotas for the year 2013. The quotas issued to importers represent approximately 50% of the baseline freeze.  This is an additional measure instituted to allow Grenada to meet the 2013 and 2015 targets.  The ultimate intent of this measure is to pursue and accelerated phase-out between the years 2020 to 2025.

Grenada being among the first countries in the region to implement an online licensing system is also among the leaders to establish the quota system for HCFC importation.  The Customs and Excise Department as well as the Department of Trade are co-operating in the successful implementation of the licensing and quota system. The implementation of the quota system is one of the key activities of the (HPMP).

During the brief opening ceremony messages were delivered by Mr. Marco Pinzon from the UNited Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP ROLAC), Mr. Henry Frederick, President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) and Mr.Leslie Smith Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit.  Participants introduced themselves and indicated their expectations from attending the workshop.  The Topics covered on Day 1 were: Introduction to Natural Refrigerants – Physical and chemical properties, Advantages of Hydrocarbons, Safe use, transportation and storage of Hydrocarbons, installation differences and case studies in Grenada and St. Lucia.  Also, a presentation was made vis Skype by Ms Nina Masson of Shecco (www.hydrocarbons21.com) to give a global perspective on the application of hydrocarbon technology.

 

 

 

 

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Friday, November 16, 2012: The NationalOzone Unit (NOU) of the Ministry of Finance, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) on their election of a new executive to manage the operations for the fiscal year October 2012-2013.

During a Special Meeting called by the members on Saturday November 10th, 2012 at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Mr. Henry Frederick, Public Relations Officer on the outgoing executive was elected as the new President. Mr. Frederick replaces Mr. Michael Mitchell who served as President of the Association for the last six (6) years. Mr. Mitchell was elected to serve on the new executive as the Treasurer.

The following is the full composition of the new executive:

President – Henry Frederick

Vice President – Lennard Frank

Secretary – Carlos Ambrose

Treasurer – Michael Mitchel

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer –  Nicholas Joseph

Public Relations Officer (PRO)  – John Campbell

Trustees –  Denis Powlette, Glen Forsyth

Among his immediate responsibilities, as the new president, Mr. Frederick is expected to brief the executive on its role and responsibilities as outlined in the constitution of the Association and to outline plans for the new fiscal year.

GRAVA’s first major undertaking under his stewardship will be the facilitation of a Regional Workshop on Alternative Refrigerant Technologies organized by the NOU. This workshop is scheduled for November 27th – 29th at the Grenada National Stadium.

The NOU pledges to continue working with GRAVA in the promotion of Alternative Refrigeration Technologies and the phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons. (HCFCs).

ST. GEORGE’S GRENADA, Monday, January 30, 2012: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, as part of its Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), which was launched in June 2011, has established three (3) more recovery and recycling centres in Grenada. These centres will make state-of-the-art equipment in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) field available to technicians in Grenada, Carriacou and Petitie Martinique.

During a ceremony held at the Spiceland Mall Car Park on Saturday January 28th, 2012, National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, presented the equipment to the owners of the three workshops where the equipment will be stationed.

The newly established centres are located in St. Andrew (Myke Mitchell’s workshop), St. David (Melville Mitchell’s workshop) and Carriacou (Kennis Andrew’s workshop).

This brings the number of centres now established in the State to twenty (20). These centres will assist approximately 150 technicians in carrying out good refrigeration practices, particularly in the recovery and recycling of refrigerants.

Among the equipment presented to the centres are: Recovery Units, Electronic Refrigerant Scales, Electronic Leak Detectors, Electronic Refrigerant Identifiers, Infra-red Thermometers, Recovery/Refillable Cylinders, Vacuum Pumps, Micron Gauges and Hose and Gauge sets.

The equipment was supplied by the Grenada Refrigration Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). Funding for the equipment was provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol which is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the implementing agency.

This initiative is part of the NOU’s objective to prevent the release of harmful ozone depleting substances (ODS) into the atmosphere, some of which are themselves potent greenhouse gases (GHG) which can damage the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.

Mr. Smith, in his presentation at the ceremony, lamented the need for technicians to be trained in Good Refrigeration Practices and to do continuous research to be able to keep abreast with the rapidly emerging new technologies in the RAC sector. He also encouraged the technicians to take absolute good care of the equipment to ensure that as many technicians as possible can benefit from their use.

The establishment of the centres is intended to assist Grenada in meeting its first phase-out targets under the HPMP. Grenada and several other developing countries are required under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, to freeze consumption of HCFCs (refrigerants) in 2013; to reduce consumption by 10% in the year 2015; and to further reduce consumption by 25% in 2020, as initial measures.

In addition to the distribution of equipment for the establishment of these centres, the NOU also presented fifty (50) 30 lb and twenty-five (25) 50 lb cylinders to several technicians to facilitate recovery and storage of refrigerants.

Present at the ceremony were the President of GRAVA, Mr. Michael Mitchell, and executive members of the association; President of the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Association, Mr. Grantley Parris, together with the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association; and local technicians and suppliers of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

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Twelve (12) successful applicants of the National Ozone Unit scholarship program will be awarded scholarships to pursue the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning program at T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) for the year 2011 – 2012.

A scholarship committee comprising of representatives from the National Training Agency (NTA), Ministry of Education, TAMCC, Grenada Refrigeration Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) and the National Ozone Unit (NOU), met on Tuesday to review and selected the successful candidates from over 20 applications received.

Successful applicants were required to meet the TAMCC entry level requirements and to write a 300 word essay on “How the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Industry can protect the Stratospheric Ozone Layer” . Other factors considered in the selection process included: economic need, geographic representation and gender equity.

This is the second year of the scholarship programme. The program is scheduled to be completed in the year 2015. This programme is one of the activities included in Grenada’s Hydrochlofluorcarbons (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Students pursuing the RAC programme at TAMCC would be exposed to training in Good Refrigeration Practices aimed at preventing the release of harmful ozone depleting refrigerant gases into the atmosphere. The gases damage the stratospheric ozone layer and allow excessive amounts of harmful ultra violet light to reach the earth’s surface. This results in serious health problems for humans, reduction in plant growth and yields and acceleration in the degradation of materials in nature.

Partnering with the NOU in this project for the second straight year is the Grenada Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). GRAVA is providing the students with toolkits consisting of tools needed for their practical classes.

The scholarships provided cover all fees related to TAMCC inclusive of, books, uniforms, tuition and other fees, as well as, a selection of basic tools. During 2010/2011 academic year ten (10) students benefitted from the program. A total of twenty-two (22) students are beneficiaries of the program thus far. One of the students – Denis Lyons – is currently on the Dean’s List at TAMCC, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of over 3.5 on a 4.0 grading system.

To date the total funds committed by the NOU for the two years of the scholarship program is in excess of EC$20,000.00. Funding is made available by the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the implementing agency

An official ceremony, to present the students with their scholarship packages, is scheduled for Friday September 16th, 2011, TAMCC Friday September 16th , coincides with International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer as declared by the United nations General Assembly and is celebrated world-wide every year.

The following is the list of successful applicants for the NOU/GRAVA Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Scholarship Program for the year 2011/2012 at TAMCC:

Klinsman Bedeau, Gouyave, St. John’s, Mc Donald College

Curtly Collymore, Mt. Silly, St. Andrew’s, St. And. Ang. Sec. School

Dinard Charles, Bonair, St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Secondary

Ron Darbeau, Bonair, St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Secondary

Shaquille George, Windsor Forest, St. David’s, Happy Hill Secondary

Floyd Gooding, Mt. Plasir, St. John’s, P.B.C.

Alison James, La Tante, St. David’s, Grenville Secondary Sch

Levon Jeremiah, Munich, St. Andrew’s, Grenville Secondary Sch

Chad Licorish, Vincennes, St. David’s, Grenada Boys Sec. Sch

Demian Matthew, Morne Fendue, St. Patrick’s, Mc Donald College

Kishon Panchoo*, Tivoli, St. Andrew’s, G’da S.D.A. Comprehensive

Dillon Pollydore, Windward, Carriacou, Hillsborough, Carriacou

Casmir Thomas, Westerhall, St. George’s, Grenada Boys Sec. Sch

* This student has received funding from another source and will only receive only the toolkit component of the scholarship.

President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Ventilating Association, Mr. Michael Mitchell will be the guest of Honour to the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Association of Technicians at a General Meeting of the Association to be held on Friday August 19th, 2011 in Barbados.

Mr. Mitchell leaves Grenada on Friday morning to attend the special event later on that afternoon.

At the meeting Mr. Mitchell is expected to make two presentations to the participants at the meeting on the following topics:

  • The success of the Grenada Refrigeration Association
  •  Hydrocarbon Use in Grenada

GRAVA has been recognized as one of the leading association of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) technicians in the region and has taken on a leading role in the introduction of hydrocarbon technology together with other regional countries such as Jamaica and Belize.

This is not the first time Mr. Mitchell services has been requested to perform this task. In 2008, Mr. Mitchell also travelled to Guyana to assist the technicians there in the re-organization of their association. Also, in 2010, another executive member of GRAVA, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Henry Frederick, represented GRAVA at a regional meeting in Guyana for RAC technicians and made a similar presentation.

Mr. Mitchell is expected to return to Grenada on Saturday August 20th, 2011.

The National Ozone Unit extends best wishes to Mr. Mitchell and for a safe flight to and from Barbados.

 

St. George’s Grenada, Friday July 1, 2011: The Government of Grenada recently launched the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to phase out the consumption of R-22 refrigerants in Grenada. This project advocates for the replacement of these ozone depleting substances with ozone friendly technologies with low global warming potential alternatives.

Cuba, a party to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer, through their Ozone Technical Office has organized an International Workshop on Alternative Technologies to HCFCs: Experience in use of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants. The workshop will be held at Hotel Palco in Havana from July 5th – 7th 2011.

Grenada and several other Latin American and Caribbean countries have been invited to participate in this workshop. Hydrocarbon refrigerant technology, though not new, has been identified as the refrigerant of the future because of it’s almost zero ozone depleting and global warming potentials. Hydrocarbons have already being introduced in Grenada on a limited basis in domestic refrigeration and mobile air-conditioning systems (vehicles).

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada will be sending one local technician to attend the workshop in Cuba. Experienced local technician and a trustee of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), Mr. Emmanuel Bain has been selected to attend the training. All expenses including air travel, hotel, meals and a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided by the NOU under the HPMP Project.

On Friday July 1st 2011, at a brief ceremony at the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Bain was presented with his travel ticket and workshop documents by Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith.

Mr. Bain is expected to leave Grenada on Monday July 4th and on his return is expected to transfer the knowledge and experience acquired to other technicians and to play a major role in the continued implementation of this technology in Grenada. This is the second time in recent years that the NOU has been sending technicians to Cuba for training. Several other technicians have also benefitted from attending training and seminars in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and St. Lucia.

ST. GEORGE’S , GRENADA , Friday, July 01, 2011: The National Ozone Unit of Grenada launched its Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) on June 15, 2011, under the watch words, “CFCs Gone, HCFC Must Go”.

Grenada is among the first Latin American and Caribbean Countries to launch this project.

Funding for Grenada’s HPMP is being provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and is administrated by the lead implementing agency, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

During the launch held at the National Stadium, the National Ozone Unit was complemented for its effort and contribution in phasing out ozone depleting substances. Keynote speaker, Dr. Marissa Gowrie from the Ministry of Housing and Environment of Trinidad and Tobago congratulated the National Ozone Unit and recognized the lead Grenada has taken among Caribbean territories in this effort.

Policy and Enforcement Officer of United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC), Ms. Artie Dubrie also praised Grenada for its leadership role and encourage the National Ozone Unit (NOU) to move steadfastly in phasing out HCFCs, so that very soon Grenada can say “CFCs Gone HCFCs Gone too”.

Another of the overseas guests, Ms. Donnalyn Charles, Sustainable Development and Environment Officer, St. Lucia cautioned about the many challenges that will be encountered. She indicated that “some will be a repeat (referring to the phase out of CFCs) and some will be new, as we address not only ozone layer protection but also linkages with climate change and energy efficiency…”

During the ceremony the NOU presented three awards to outstanding individuals who have made invaluable contribution to Grenada in the phasing out of CFCs and in the preparation of the HPMP. The recipients were: Ms. Artie Dubrie, of UNEP/ROLAC for her outstanding contribution over the years in relation to Grenada’s success with the Regional Management Plan (RMP), Terminal Phase out Management Plan (TPMP) and Institutional Strengthening projects. Mr. John Telesford for his excellent work as lead consultant in the preparation of the HPMP and final project document, and, Hon. Michael Church for his international leadership on Grenada’s Montreal Protocol related matters.

Officials present at the ceremony included Mr. Curlan Gilchrist representing the Ministry of Finance; Mrs. Faye Thompson of the UNDP local office; Mrs. Valerie Cornwall of the GEF Small Grants Program; Mr. Leslie Smith from the National Ozone Unit; Mr. Michael Mitchell, President of GRAVA. Other persons present included representatives from the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), the Coast Guard, the Grenada Bureau of Standards, the Grenada Customs & Excise Department; importers of refrigerants and refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians and students.

For related news visit: http://grenvoice.com/2011/06/national-ozone-unit-says-cfcs-gone-hcfcs-must-go/

Training for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technicians in Natural Refrigerant Technology is scheduled for Saturday May 28th, 2011.

Please contact the NOU, Grenada for any additional information.

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