Paris, France, Wednesday January 17, 2018: Ozone Depleting Substances Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit, Mr. Leslie Smith was among several participants who attended the “Kick-Off” Meeting of the European Commission funded Sustainable and Climate Friendly Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS) Project.  Representatives of the participating countries (Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela and Grenada) along with representatives from the European Commission (donor) and implementing agencies, GIZ Proklima, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) were among the persons present to officially commence the project.

The specific objectives of the SPODS project are: (1) to ensure commitment and support the establishment of alliances between selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on global HFC mitigation policies, particularly in relation to the implementation of the new Kigali amendment and (2) to encourage the adoption of climate-friendly replacement technologies, exploring and promoting the creation of new market opportunities in green technology products that represent climate-friendly alternatives to ozone-depleting substances.

The National Ozone Unit, Grenada will work long with GIZ Proklima and UNIDO as implementing agencies for the project activities.  The activities for Grenada under the project include:

  • an inventory of ODS banks
  • an analysis and development of a local/regional collection system, availability and options for destruction technology.
  • development and implementation of a national/regional training of trainers concept on the safe use of natural refrigerants
  • capacity building for good refrigeration practices in the use of natural refrigerant for technicians in the informal sector
  • development of strategies and large pilot projects with low GWP refrigerants
  • A communication and awareness campaign that would include other Caribbean islands

The project is expected to be completed in the next 36 months and has a total contribution in excess of three million Euros (€3M) to be distributed among the 7 partner countries.

 

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Friday January 26th, 2018, St. George’s Grenada:  Ozone Depleting Substances Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Mr. Leslie Smith, presented a number of tools and equipment to aid in the implementation of Good Refrigeration Practices in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada.  This initiative  is an integral activity under Grenada’s Hydrofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP).

The receipients of the items were the Boca Secondary School and Mr. Kitakufei Nelson.  Boca Secondary School is one of two secondary schools on the island where refrigeration and air-conditionon is offered as part of the curriculum.  Mr. Kitakufei Nelson is a recent graduate of the T A Marryshow Community College and one of the young technicians that the NOU has assisted in finding employment locally.  The tools and equipment presented are to be used to promote good refrigeration practices that would avoid the release of harmful ozone depleting substances and green house gases into the atmosphere during installation and service practices.  Boca Secondary School has already been a receipient of equipment from the NOU in 2016 and what is received here is to complement what was already donated.   The St. Mark’s Secondary School is another receipient of tools and equipment from the NOU.

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 25/01/18: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, under the “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change” (C4) project organized, a National Consultation for stakeholders from the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector in Grenada. The consultation, hosted in partnership with GIZ, introduced and informed on the upcoming national inventory of emissions and the energy and refrigerant use in the RAC sector. It also aimed at providing information on the methodology and approach to be used in conducting the inventory survey and to gain stakeholder co-operation and feedback needed for a successful outcome. GIZ representative Marion Geiss remarked that: “With the inventory, we hope to know what is the exact contribution of the RAC sector to Grenada’s Global Warming Potential and to highlight HFC refrigerants, as they are getting phased out around the world, they will become less available and more expensive to procure. Therefore we want to make sure Grenada is ready to take advantage of Natural Refrigerants.” The participants were sensitized on the impacts of harmful refrigerant gases on the environment and received information about the alternatives available to them. The programme included presentations from local and international experts on current technology and refrigerant alternatives in the RAC sector and updates on international treaties affecting the RAC markets. O’Neal Peters, Marketing Manager at SP‘s International Trading, stated that his expectations from the meeting were to get updates on the state of the market to improve his business and make sure that his product offering is up-to-date. Grenada being a signatory to most of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including the Montreal Protocol, is required to phase out the consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances and other high global warming gases consumed in the RAC sector and replace them with environmentally friendly alternatives, such as natural refrigerants. Grenada also made commitments under the Nationally Determined Contributions of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. With the challenges presented by the adverse effects of climate change and general concerns about the quality of our environment, the Government of Grenada, through the National Ozone Unit, continues to plan and implement a number of measures to reduce the environmental impact of these gases used in the RAC sector.. Mrs. Kim Fredericks, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Energy in her remarks said: “The Montreal Protocol, by meeting and surpassing its targets, is the most successful environmental international to date and that has happened largely to the level of national and international cooperation that took place. The C4 project exemplifies one of these cooperations.” The global program “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change” (C4), being implemented by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, in conjunction with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) promotes the accelerated international control of ozone depleting as well as high global warming potential substances. It also aims to increase energy efficiency in the RAC sector. Furthermore, the project supports Grenada, as one of its partner countries, in formulating national mitigation strategies in the RAC sector and thereby advancing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). End*** _______________________________________________________________________ 8851411F-D13A-4E47-836A-91FA39E2C391

Source: http://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/8019/grenada_technicians_train_on_natrefs_in_germany

Grenada is sending technicians to Germany as part of the C4 project, to train them on using natural refrigerants.

Image credit: Andrew Moore

Thanks to collaboration between Germany and the Caribbean nation of Grenada, two local technicians have returned to Grenada after an October training session on natural refrigerants in Germany.

They went abroad to complete a two-week training programme on using natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R technologies. A total of five Grenadian technicians have now taken the trip to Europe.

Upon their return they paid a visit to Leslie Smith, national ozone officer in Grenada’s NOU (National Ozone Unit), to report on their experience. They will now share their knowledge with other technicians to increase the number of technicians trained on natural refrigerants.

The idea is to use natural refrigerants in all applications where applicable. This includes other applications such as domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration.”
– Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer, Grenada

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The C4 (Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change) project, executed by the NOU with the support ofthe German Federal Ministry for the Environment, will train more Grenadian technicians in the coming years. Five technicians have already been selected to attend next year’s training programme.

The aim of the project is to expose and train local technicians on the handling of low-GWP flammable refrigerants. The programme covers natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbons.

“The policy of the NOU in the phasing out of HCFCs is to transition to a longer term refrigerant/technology alternative, that has zero ODP, zero/negligible GWP, and is energy-efficient,” said Smith.

Two fisheries in Grenada recently switched from HFC systems to ammonia ones.

“The idea is to use natural refrigerants in all applications where applicable. This includes other applications such as domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration,” he said.

“Over the last year, two major government fisheries complexes have transitioned from HFCs to ammonia as the refrigerant used.”

Projects underway in Grenada to facilitate technician training include:

  • Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4): Project with approximately 30 hydrocarbons-based air-conditioning demonstration sites.
  • Capacity building and training on international standards.
  • Hydrocarbons demonstration caravan.
  • Regional project on the safe handling of low-GWP flammable refrigerants.

On 25 August Grenada opened a pilot training centre equipped with two hydrocarbons-based air-conditioning units as part of a regional demonstration project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The demonstration essentially compared the energy performance of similar-sized air-conditioning units using R22, R410A and R290. The results revealed that the propane unit consumed the lowest amount of energy.

Leslie Smith was among 24 people to receive an award for ‘policy and implementation leadership’ organised by the Ozone Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Canada to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, awarded during the recent Meeting of the Parties in Montreal, Canada.

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Source:  https://nou-tt.blogspot.com/2017/12/recognition-ceremony-for-english.html

Recognition Ceremony for English Speaking Caribbean Recipients of the United Nations Environment Ozone Award

The English Speaking Caribbean Region’s performance in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol has attracted international recognition. Caribbean countries have completely phased out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most harmful of ozone depleting substances. Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada completely phased out the use of CFCs years in advance of the mandated deadline. Employing a public-private stakeholder approach the Caribbean Region continues to strive to phase out harmful substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol with options that are more energy efficient, climate and ozone friendly.

English Speaking Caribbean Awardees honoured included:

Dr. Marissa Gowrie- Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Leslie Smith -National Ozone Officer Grenada – Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance

Ms. Artie Dubrie – Sustainable Development Officer – United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

L-R – Mr. Leslie Smith, Ms. Artie Dubrie and Dr. Marissa Gowrie


Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Photo credit : UN ECLAC  Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean 

Dr. Marissa Gowrie

Dr. Marissa Gowrie holds the portfolio of Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer in the Environmental Policy and Planning Division – Ministry of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last 14 years she has overseen the successful implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s national obligations under the Montreal Protocol, as well as has engaged in international negotiations on behalf of Trinidad and Tobago relating to the Montreal Protocol. In 2011, Dr. Gowrie, representing Trinidad and Tobago was elected to one of five posts of Vice Presidency to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer with a term of office from 2011-2014. She has also co-chaired several Contact Groups at various Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and Open Ended Working Groups on negotiation issues relating to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol. She has also presented at side events at International and Regional Meetings on the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Leslie Smith

Mr. Leslie Smith has held the portfolio of National Ozone Officer of Grenada for the past 14 years attached to the National Ozone Unit of Grenada in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Smith has overseen the successful implementation of Grenada’s national obligations under the Montreal Protocol and is a very active participant in the Montreal Protocol negotiations at the global level. He was one of the Co-Chairs that presided over the successful negotiations that lead to adoption of the historic Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, in 2016. He has also served on many Montreal Protocol bodies and in 2015 was elected as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Multi-lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

Ms. Artie Dubrie

Ms. Artie Dubrie who has been employed in the United Nations System for over 14 years has played a vital role in supporting developing countries in meeting and sustaining Montreal Protocol obligations. Ms. Dubrie has held the portfolios of Regional Network Coordinator for Pacific Island Countries and Transboundary Capacity Building, as well as Policy and Enforcement Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, both with the United Nations Environment Programme. She has also served as a former National Ozone Officer of Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently the Sustainable Development Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

       

Technical Exchange Visit between the University of the West Indies and the National Ozone Unit of Grenada

An exchange visit was held between the National Ozone Unit of Grenada and the University of the West Indies to discuss some research and development projects relating to natural refrigerant. Mr. Leslie Smith National Ozone Officer of Grenada provided invaluable insight into the experience of Grenada in utilizing natural refrigerant over the last decade as well as some previously done international research in this area.

 

Source: http://newsday.co.tt/2017/12/12/unep-salutes-unsung-heroes/

UNEP salutes unsung heroes

TENISHA SYLVESTER

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held its award ceremony for three recipients of the Policy and Implementation Leadership award last Thursday at United Nations House, Chancery Lane, Port of Spain. The award ceremony was held in recognition of exemplary ozone officers who worked tirelessly in phasing out the use of ozone depleting substances in the English- speaking Caribbean.

The awardees were Deputy Environmental manager/national ozone officer in the environmental policy and planning division of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Trinidadian Marissa Gowrie; Trinidadian Artie Dubrie, sustainable development officer in the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and Grenadian Leslie Smith, national ozone officer for Grenada’s National Ozone Unit, Grenada. Each of these awardees having at least 14 years of experience in implementing environmental programmes designed to significantly reduce the use of ozone depleting substances at the national, regional and international levels.

Their achievements are particularly significant since the depletion of the ozone layer can have negative consequences on humans, animals and plants. Higher UV levels are a direct result of the ozone layer being depleted and can result in skin cancer and have adverse effects on the growth of plants.

Richard Blewitt, UN Resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative to Trinidad and Tobago in his opening remarks said that Gowrie, Dubrie and Smith have been so successful in their efforts that the English-speaking Caribbean’s performance has attracted international recognition.

“The region has been successful in completely phasing out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons, one of the most significant ozone depleting substances in the case of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago,” said Blewitt. In TT, UNDP has been the implementing partner of the National Ozone Unit since 2009. With the implementation of various programmes in the unit concerned with the phasing out of ozone depleting substances like CFCs and hydro chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). TT has met the 2010 Montreal Protocol obligation and began the implementation of the HCFC Phase-out management plan in January 2013 in accordance with the Montreal Protocol Schedule.

Several UN official were present including Sharifa Ali-Abdullah, the assistant resident representative of UNDP; Marco Pinzon, the regional network coordinator for the National Ozone Network for the Caribbean, UN Environment Regional office; Joanne Deoraj, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Development and representative to the Grenadian UN ambassador Kariyma Baltimore along with members of the media.

Speaking to the recipients after the ceremony Dubrie who grew up in Rio Claro said, “Receiving the award under the UNEP to me is indicative of the efforts of the UN body in supporting developing countries on environmental good and also an indication of the work in partnership with government and other UN agencies towards the protection of the environment, for collective good.” Gowrie, who grew up in Tunapuna expressed her appreciation by saying, “I am truly humbled to stand alongside people who are true pioneers in the field. This is a collaborative effort to reach to see TT reach this milestone. When it comes to saving the environment every action counts.”

While Smith said that very often ozone officers are seen as unsung heroes.

“We do a lot of great work but not often do we get the recognition. We have been able to successfully phase out 98% of ozone depleting substances so the Montreal protocol recognizes those persons and institutions which has made a contribution in the global right to rid the planet of ozone depleting substances. I am extremely delighted and this is a catalyst for us to do much more with the protection of our environment,” explained Smith.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR GRENADA’S NATIONAL OZONE OFFICER.

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St. George’s, Grenada, 27th November 2017 – During an award ceremony to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Parties to the Montreal Protocol recognized  individuals, groups, organizations and parties that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol, especially in the last 10 years. These individuals, groups and organizations also exemplify the power of cooperation on large and small scales to accomplish goals and produce tangible change.

The award ceremony was organized by the Ozone Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Canada to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Thursday November 23rd, 2017, in Montreal Canada. The ceremony was attended by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna and Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, Tina Birmpili.

National Ozone Officer of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith, was among the delegates to receive an award for “Policy and Implementation Leadership”.  Mr. Smith was one of 24 persons selected in this category from the 197 Parties that have ratified the Montreal Protocol.

Mr. Smith’s award is also a recognition of his demonstration of exemplary performance in managing the Montreal Protocol activities in the National Ozone Unit of Grenada. He is also a very active participant in the Montreal protocol negotiations at the global level. More recently, he was one of the Co-chairs that presided over the successful negotiations that lead to adoption of the historic Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, in 2016.  He has also served on many Montreal Protocol bodies and in 2015 was elected as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Multi-lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

The winners for each award category were selected by a Technical Screening Committee made up of experts from non-governmental organizations, governments and other stakeholders that are knowledgeable about the ozone layer protection regime and processes and an International Jury made up of eminent experts that reviewed the Technical Screening Committee’s recommendations of nominees and decided on a final list of award recipients in each of the award categories.

Grenada’s performance in the implementation of its Montreal protocol’s obligations have always attracted international recognition.  The island has been successful in completely phasing out the consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), one of the most significant ozone depleting substance in 2006, four years ahead of the Montreal protocol obligation of 2010. Grenada is also approximately eight years ahead of its commitment in the phase out of hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

Grenada ratified the Montreal Protocol on March 31s, 1991. The Vienna Convention for the protection of the Ozone layer was adopted in 1985 and established a framework for measures to protect human health and the environment against adverse effects resulting from modification to the ozone layer. Two years later, in 1987, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force and addresses control measures for the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol is the only multilateral environmental agreement to have received universal ratification and is widely regarded as the most successful environmental treaty, having phased-out the production and consumption of approximately 98% of all ozone depleting substances.

 

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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