GRENADA TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH COOL CONTRIBUTIONS

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE & ENERGY
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NO. 53/2016 DATE: September 21, 2016

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Policy makers, industry representatives and stakeholders from the cooling and climate change sectors will come together for a Project Inception Workshop on green cooling and its relevance for climate change. The project is titled Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4).

During the Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, at the Grenada National Stadium, Players Level I Conference Room, participants from Grenada together with representatives from the implementing agency, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will discuss opportunities and challenges of including the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector into Grenada’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as part of the international climate negotiations.

Applications of the RAC sector are essential in many areas, for example, refrigeration of preserved food and medicine, and air conditioning to maintain temperatures in living environments. The demand for these applications is rising with an increasing middle class, changing lifestyles, and rising ambient temperatures. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions also rise, because RAC applications consume electricity and most of these applications use fluorinated gases (F-gases) as refrigerants in their functioning. As these gases leak – for example during operation, servicing or when an appliance is dismantled or disposed of – they cause substantial emissions of greenhouse gases.

The project will focus on the control for the hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, a group of containing high global warming climate-damaging fluorinated gases. In addition, it will support and strengthen national efforts in developing mitigation strategies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in order to meet the targets of Grenada’s NDCs.

Grenada will benefit directly from the project through the establishment of a detailed inventory of the RAC sector, a set of policy briefs and recommendations for the key policymakers involved in developing the national mitigation strategy to assist them in maximizing the climate mitigation potential in the RAC sector. Training workshops designed to include, for example, a step-by-step-guidance on the NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) development processes in the RAC sector will be part of the project. The trainings will take into account policy, finance, and technology issues. It will also include the recommendations on a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system, as well as other hands-on methods and tools such as life cycle cost concepts and theoretical basics on dynamic investment grade calculation.

Funding for this project comes from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). This project would be executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance and Energy in conjunction with GIZ.

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) Donates Tools and Equipment to the Boca Secondary School as part of the activities to celebrate International Ozone Day, 2016.

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As part of the activities to commemorate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2016, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy made a timely presentation the only secondary school in Grenada that offers Refrigeration and Air-conditioning as part of its technical studies curriculum.

The Boca Secondary School was the recipient of state of the art refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) servicing tools and equipment from the NOU.  These equipment presented to the school is geared towards enhancing and developing the RAC program to allow the students to be properly trained in Good Refrigeration Practices.  The ultimate goal is to prevent the venting of refrigerants that are either ozone depleting substances (ODS) or greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere.  These can have the undesirable effects of damaging the ozone layer and contributing to global warming respectively.

The presentation of the equipment was as a result of a request made by the school to the NOU approximately a year and a half ago, according to the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith in addressing the faculty and students of the school at its general assembly on Tuesday September 13th, 2016.

Mr. Smith in his address, also spoke on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and outlined the importance of the    ozone layer in protecting life on earth from the damaging effects of too much UV-B radiation.  He also explained to the students some of the measures that they can take to protect themselves from over exposure to this UV-B radiation. Mr. Smith further implore the students to take great care of the equipment and to pursue the course diligently as there are extensive potential employment opportunities in this sector in Grenada.

Among the tools and equipment presented to the school were: Refrigerant Recovery machine, Electronic refrigerant identifier, leak detector, refrigerant charging scale, recovery cylinders, vacuum pump, manifold gauges with hose, safety googles and gloves along with a range of other consumable items.  The equipment presented, valued at over EC15, 000, is to be used to enhance and develop the refrigeration and air conditioning course presented to the students at the school.  Receiving the equipment on behalf of the school was Principal, Mr. Cephas Belfon.

Funding for the tools and equipment has been provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol under Stage 1 of Grenada’s Hydro Chlorofluorocarbon Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) that was launched in 2010

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New Customs Officers Receive training in Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

 

imani-traineeAs part of the on-going training provided by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, seventeen (17) Customs Trainees received training in the Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). This training is also an integral component of the training programme of the Customs and Excise Division.

This round of training for Customs Officers started in July of this year with the theoretical component and concluded on September 12th with the practical exercises that covered the examination of refrigerant cylinders and the use of electronic refrigerant identifiers to identify ODS.

The training was conducted by consultant Mr. Gerard James who have been involved in the training of Customs Officers in Montreal Protocol related matters since 2006. This training brings the total number of Customs Officers trained in 2016 to fifty five (55).

Addressing the participants in brief closing ceremony was National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith. Mr. Smith commended the Customs Department for the outstanding role they continue to play as a major stakeholder in border protection and the control of trade in ODS and their contribution to the protection of the ozone layer.

Mr. Smith further informed the Officers that new multi-refrigerant identifiers would be provided to the Department in 2017, as the NOU would like to strengthen and enhance the operations of the customs in relation to ODS identification.  This training activity is part of Stage 1 of Grenada’s ongoing Hydro Chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase out management Plan (HPMP) that was launched in 2010.  Further training is planned for Customs Brokers in November of this year.

Funding for this training has been provided by the Multi-lateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol through UNEP as the implementing agency.

September 5th, 2016, St. George’s, Grenada. Representatives of countries participating in a Regional Demonstration Project on Safe Handling of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) Refrigerants met in Grenada during a Project Inception Workshop from August 31st to September 1st, 2016.

During the Inception Workshop, participants from the Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and host country Grenada, as well as a representative from the Implementing Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) discussed and prepared a detailed work plan and budget for the project.  This project focuses primarily on Safe use of Flammable Refrigerants (hydrocarbons) that are used as alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. The participants at the workshop also paid a visit to the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) to meet with officials there and to conduct a preliminary needs assessment.

The final activity over the two days involved a meeting with local stakeholders in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning sector, to present an overview of the project and to outline their roles and involvement to assist in the successful implementation of the project.

Grenada would benefit directly from this project through the establishment of a fully equipped Regional Pilot Training Centre at TAMCC, a five day Train-the Trainers workshop and Regional Technology Expo, Development of training curriculum as well as subsequent training for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning technicians.

Funding for this project was approved at the Seventy-sixth (76th) Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer from May 9th – 13th, 2016 in Montreal Canada.  The total sub component cost for this global project is US 220,000.14241574_1257769144253767_5398314772679998689_o

14 new projects approved under the Partnership Instrument to boost the EU’s Partnership with Co-operating Countries

The European Commission has approved 14 new projects under the Partnership Instrument to boost the EU’s cooperation with our partner countries. These new projects will underpin the EU’s strategic objectives in external relations, boosting our common engagement in priority areas.

The European Commission has approved 14 new projects under the Partnership Instrument to boost the EU’s cooperation with our partner countries. These new projects, supported by a combined budget of €73.5 million, will underpin the EU’s strategic objectives in external relations, boosting our common engagement in priority areas such as sustainable development, implementing commitments to tackle climate change, water diplomacy, increasing social corporate responsibility, enhancing market access conditions and fostering the EU’s public diplomacy.

Delivering on its commitment to the climate change agenda, and in particular to advance on its long-held objective of establishing an international carbon market, the EU will support the development of a Chinese carbon cap and trade scheme, allocating €10 million to cooperation on Emissions Trading Systems. New projects in Mexico and Brazil (€7.5 million) and in the Republic of Korea (€2.4 million) will continue to contribute to support these countries’ transitions to low carbon economies and promote EU Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises worldwide. In addition, €3 million will support six countries in Latin America in the sustainable phasing-out of ozone-depleting substances, thus implementing the Montreal Protocol. These projects should also contribute to the further uptake of European green technologies and create conducive conditions for the EU in international negotiations. Through strengthening water management dialogues with and water platforms in China (€6 million) and India (€2.4 million), the EU will look to bring about positive environmental change whilst at the same time increasing opportunities for EU businesses.

In line with the objectives set out in the “Trade for Allpdf” communication on the new trade and investment strategy adopted by the Commission in October 2015, and the recent Council Conclusions on Responsible Global Value Chains, €9 million will be allocated to a project on responsible business conduct and supply chains in Asia, designed to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Furthermore, €5 million will be committed to enhance cooperation with several of our Asian partners (China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Association of South-East Asian Nations [ASEAN]) in the field of competition policy, in order to achieve a better investment climate for EU business in Asia. €17 million will be dedicated to achieving a level-playing field for intellectual property rights in China, ASEAN and Latin America, thus supporting the interest of EU innovators and rights holders.

The European Union will also seek to improve understanding of the EU and its policies through strengthening its public and cultural diplomacy outreach, engaging with civil society, academia and young people across the globe. In this context, the European Commission continues to co-fund, alongside the U.S State Department, the Fulbright-Schuman Programme.

Background

The Partnership Instrument funds projects that enable the European Union to take part in shaping global change and promote its fundamental values. It is one of several instruments included in the EU’s budget for 2014-2020 allocated for the financing of the EU’s External Action. Through the Partnership Instrument, the EU cooperates with partners around the world to address global challenges of mutual interest. The Partnership Instrument funds activities that carry forward the EU’s priorities, translating political commitments into concrete measures.

This programme builds upon the previous annual action plans adopted by the Commission on 16 October 2014 (AAP 2014 – Commission Decision C(2014)7423pdf Choose translations of the previous link) and 22 June 2015 (AAP 2015 -Commission Decision C(2015) 4109 of 22 June 2015pdf Choose translations of the previous link). The overall contribution in support of the EU’s strategic interests amounts to almost €200 million to date.

For more information:

Service for Foreign Policy Instruments website

FPI key documents section

 

 

Local refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technician, Mr. Henry Frederick is due to leave Grenada on Saturday June 25th, 2016 to participate in a two week training Program in Germany.

The ‘Cool Training” – for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) trainers and experts is organized and funded by GIZ Proklima on behalf of BMZ in co-operation with the BFS Vocational Training Centre in Maintal, Germany.

The two week training program from June 27th to July 8th, 2016, focuses on the Application of Natural Refrigerants in Commercial Refrigeration Systems and is specific to the use of Propane, Carbon dioxide and Ammonia use as refrigerants.

As part of Grenada’s Hydro chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) for the phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), Natural Refrigerant Technology is one of the alternative options pursued.  This training therefore, would further strengthen the island’s capacity to introduce and implement this environmentally friendly technology.

Mr. Frederick, who is a senior RAC technician at the Maurice Bishop International Airport, a part time lecturer at the T A Marryshow Community College and a Level 4 Assessor for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) has over twenty-four (24) years experience in the field.  He is also a certified trainer for the National Ozone Unit and regularly conducts training for technicians in Grenada and the sub-region.

Mr. Frederick who is the first RAC technician rom the Caribbean region to attend this training is expected to impart the knowledge and experience gained to other local technicians on his return.

Mr. Frederick’s attendance at the training is facilitated by the National Ozone Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Finance and Energy and is funded by GIZ Proklima.

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Customs Officers receive training in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

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Twenty five (25) Customs Officers and one (1) Trade Officer were trained in the Control, Monitoring and Reporting of trade in Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS). The training was organized by the National Ozone Unit in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy.

The training sessions were held on March 22nd, 23rd and 29th at the Public Workers Union Building in Tanteen.

The training comprised of both theoretical and practical sessions. Some of the topics covered were:

  • The science of the Ozone layer and the effects of Ozone Layer Depletion
  • The International and National responses to Ozone Layer Depletion
  • The Licensing and quota systems for ODs
  • Prevention of Illegal trade in ODS
  • Harmonized System (HS) Classification of refrigeration
  • Identifying ODSs – Practical use of refrigerant identifiers

The Grenada Customs Division is a major stakeholder in protecting Grenada’s borders from illegal trade in ozone Depelting Substances (ODS).  The Cusoms Division also performs the agency function of examination and verification of refrigerants and ODS dependant technologies and data gathering and reporting.

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The workshop was facilitated by consultants, Mr. Gerard James and Mr. Henry Frederick and Mr. Leslie Smith of the National Ozone Unit (NOU). This training is part of Grenada’s Hydro chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Panama City, Panama: Acting Director of the Grenada Bureau of Standards, Mr. Robert Medford and National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith attended the Thematic Workshop on Enabling National Conditions for the adoption of Standards in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Sector in the Caribbean from October 14-16, 2014. The workshop which was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP, ROLAC) had in attendance representatives from several of the islands of the Ozone Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti, including Refrigeration and Standards experts.

Several relevant topics related to the establishment of Standards in the RAC sector were presented to the participants. These topics include: The National and Regional Standardization Process, The Link between the RAC Sector and the standardization Process, National, Regional and International Standards related to the RAC sector, Legal requirements for the adoption of Refrigeration Standards at the National Level and Lessons learnt in the adoption of Standards.

Among the presenters were, Standards officials from the Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), experts from the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, National Ozone Officers and representatives from National Standards Bodies throughout the region.

This workshop resulted from discussions on the establishment of Standards for the RAC Sector at a recently held Sub-regional Meeting of Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Suriname earlier in the year. The aim being to enable National Ozone Units to adopt the necessary national standards for the RAC Sector to help mitigate against illegal trade in Ozone Depleting substances and to adequately address the safety issues with the alternative flammable refrigerants.

The establishment of standards is a key activity in the phase out management plans for HCFCs by all countries.  From the discussions and conclusions from the working groups, it was agreed that a regional approach will be taken to to establish in the first instance the following standards: Labeling Standards for Refrigerant Containers, Labeling Standards for RAC Equipment and Standards for Safe Handling, Storage and Transportation of refrigerants.

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St. George’s, Grenada: Seven (7) prominent businesses in Grenada involved in the supply of refrigerants and/or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment were recognized and awarded for their invaluable contribution and outstanding efforts in the protection of the Ozone Layer.

As part of the activities planned by the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of finance and Energy on September 16th to commemorate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the businesses were each presented with an Ozone Layer Protection award.

The businesses receiving the awards were those who consistently participated in the programs and initiatives of the National Ozone Unit to phase out the consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Grenada as well as those who through their own initiatives introduced alternative ozone friendly products and technologies.  The businesses that have been recognized and awarded were those that have also already discontinued the importation and sale of equipment that utilizes ozone depleting substances.

During the week of International Ozone Day, these businesses participated in the “Ozone Cool Spot Promotion” that featured the ozone friendly products and services they offer.

The seven businesses that were awarded were: Jonas Browne & Hubbard (G’da) Ltd., Courts Grenada, L A Purcell, CoolingTech Grenada Limited, B L International, SP’s International Trading and SNJ Electrical.  The awards were presented by National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.