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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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