St. George’s Grenada, May 22nd, 2017.  National Ozone Officers from the Sub-Regional Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti, met in Grenada from May 17-19, 2017 at the Kalinago Beach Resort,     to discuss a wide range of topics and to strengthen the capacity of Ozone Officers in addressing matters of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Participants attending this annual meeting represented thirteen (13) of the fourteen (14) member countries of the Caribbean Network – Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, S. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and host country Grenada. Also attending theMOF-26.jpg meeting were Implementing Agencies such as United Nations (UN) Environment, the United Nations Development Organization (UNDP) and bilateral partners, such as, the OECS Commission and CARICOM.

A wide range of topics were discussed, among them were:

  • The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol
  • Capacity Building Tools and Materials for National Ozone Units
  • Climate co-benefits of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase out
  • The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme
  • Partnerships between NOUs and the Hotel and Tourism sector
  • Recent decisions of the 77th and 78th Executive Committee meetings and the 28th Meeting of the Parties

During the opening ceremony, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, with responsibility for Natural Disaster Management and Information, Senator, Winston Garraway addressed the participants on behalf of the Government of Grenada.  In his remarks, he reiterated the Government of Grenada continued support and commitment towards the implementation of the program and initiatives of the Montreal Protocol. He further lamented on the need for a unified global approach in protecting the environment. Senator Garraway used the opportunity to inform the delegates of the tremendous achievements of the NOU, Grenada, in successfully phasing out ODS.  He announced that Grenada in its phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbaons (HCFC) are approximately eight (8) years ahead of the Montreal Protocol schedule and that the current consumption levels of HCFCs is where the country should be in 2025.

The participants were also given a field tour to one of the ammonia MOF-11.jpgplants for industrial refrigeration at the Spice Isle Fish House and to look at Chill Water air conditioning systems at the St. George’s University.

The next annual meeting is scheduled for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2018.

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Mr. Lance Simpson returned to Grenada from Germany on Sunday April 12th, 2017, having successfully completed a two weeks training program in the application of Natural Refrigerant Technology. He is the third local refrigeration and air-conditioning technician to have received this level of training and further strengthens Grenada’s technical capacity in dealing with emerging technologies in natural refrigerants, namely hydrocarbon, ammonia and carbon dioxide.  This brings to three the number of technicians in Grenada who have received that level of training

All beneficiaries of the training are required to pass on the knowledge gained to other technicians in the industry

One day after Mr. Simpsons’ return, on Monday April 13th, 2017, he was involved in conducting training and sharing some of the knowledge gained with fifteen local technicians.  This two-hour practical demonstration and training session was focused on Flaring Procedures – Tools and Techniques, a key area of focus when handling natural refrigerants that are flammable.  Mr. Simpson intends to conduct similar training sessions, weekly and to cover other areas such as, Brazing, Safety Procedures using hydrocarbon refrigerants and acetylene gas.

More training opportunities are planned by the National Ozone Unit to utilise the expertise of the technician who have received this training to train other local technicians.  This initiative is part of the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) Project in an effort to support Grenada’s Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

TRAINING GRENADA’S TECHNICIANS IN ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

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GEORGE’S, GRENADA Thursday, March 16th, 2017: Grenada will be sending its third refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) engineer for training in Germany under the Proklima’s “Cool Training” programme in Germany. Mr. Lance Simpson has been selected to participate in the upcoming “Cool Training” programme and will depart Grenada on March 27th until April 7th, 2017. Mr. Simpson is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and has over 25 years experience in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry.

 

The “Cool Training” initiative is part of the National Ozone Unit’s (NOU) ongoing policy to develop the national capacity and opportunities for Refrigeration and Air-condition (RAC) technicians in gaining international experience in the area of Natural Refrigerant Technology. Already, there has been some adoption of the technology in Grenada, primarily in the domestic refrigeration and small commercial refrigeration sectors. During his time in Germany, Mr. Simpson will be provided with comprehensive knowledge and training for the operation and maintenance of cooling technology using natural refrigerants. The training also involves field trips to innovative enterprises in Germany such as, RAC components manufacturers and, refrigeration plants that use natural refrigerants.

 

Mr. Simpson, who works at Cooling Tech Ltd., is expected to use the knowledge and experience gained from the “Cool Training” to share with the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and RAC technicians in Grenada, as well as assist in the development of national standards for the Safe Use, Handling and Storage of Refrigerants, including flammable refrigerants, since he is also a member of the Technical Committee for Environment at the Grenada Bureau of Standards.

 

The two previous Grenadian participants of the Cool Training Programme, who are both instructors at the TAMCC, are currently sharing their knowledge with their students. The NOU has plans to expose two more technicians to this level of training in Natural Refrigerants, during 2017.

 

Proklima is a programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Proklima provides technical assistance in the form of capacity building, such as the Cool training program, for developing countries since 1996. It is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement provisions of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer.

 

Funding for Mr Simpson’s participation at the training comes from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the German-Grenadian project component of the project “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change (C4)”. This project is executed by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, in conjunction with GIZ, to promote ozone-and climate friendly technologies in Grenada.

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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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GRENADA FIGHTS CLIMATE CHANGE

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Banner of the ICCAS programme; Photo: ICCAS/GIZ

Tropical storms, floods and rising sea levels threaten the Caribbean island country of Grenada, one of the developing countries deeply affected by the impacts of climate change. Hurricane ‘Matthew’ that severely stroke Haiti in September 2016 left Grenada untroubled. But damages from extreme weather events like in 2004 and 2005 are still visible. The rising sea level is also leading to an erosion of coastlines while hurricanes regularly devastate crucial infrastructure, also disrupting the water supply. The consequences – growing periods of dry spells – have been catastrophic for the people of Grenada.

Since 2012 the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) supports the project ‘Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS)’ through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). It has been fostering the island state of Grenada in enhancing the resilience of the population and ecosystems that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In October 2016, the Government of Grenada held its final consultation for developing a National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NAP). Following 9 sector-specific consultations throughout 2015/2016, 67 stakeholders from various sectors gathered again to finalize the draft NAP. The NAP process was originally created by the United Nations as an opportunity for countries to plan for robust, sustainable development in the face of climate stress.

In addition, regional representatives from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Jamaica as well as donors attended the national consultation to share their experience and to learn from Grenada’s NAP process. The NAP Global Network, a forum which aims to facilitate international peer learning and exchange, also attended. Its Caribbean lead Alec Crawford commented “While each country’s NAP process is unique, we’re seeing exciting shared lessons emerge about how countries can create and implement these plans to prepare for climate change impacts. Grenada is a very active member of our network, engaging with international peers like Jamaica, Albania and the Philippines to identify its own adaptation path while becoming a regional NAP leader.”

Another effort of the ICCAS project was the official commissioning of the first community based rainwater harvesting system for the local population. With the system a more reliable water supply and improved hygienic conditions can be secured. This offers a new possibility for water production and supply on the islands Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

The ICCAS Programme is funded with € 5.2 million by the BMUB as part of its IKI. The pilot programme is implemented jointly by the Environment Division of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and the Environment, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A different approach to fight climate change was taken by another IKI project ‘Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4)’. The project’s aim is to reduce and avoid the annual consumption of climate-damaging F-gases. These fluorinated greenhouse gases are used for cooling and air-conditioning and it is estimated that the annual consumption of F-gases will quadruple by 2030.

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Participants of the workshop on green cooling in Grenada; Photo: GIZ

For that reason, policy makers, industry representatives and stakeholders from the cooling and climate change sectors in Grenada came together on a day in September for a project inception workshop on green cooling and its relevance for climate change. During the Workshop, the participants together with representatives from the implementing agency, the GIZ, discussed 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. This global project is supported with € 4.7 million through the IKI of the BMUB.

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.
Both projects contribute to the implementation of Grenada’s nationally determined contributions.

NATIONAL OZONE UNIT STAGES NATIOONAL CONSULTATION ON KIGALI AMENDMENT

 Wednesday October 26th, 2016: The National Ozone Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Finance and Energy conducted a half day consultation to update stakeholders of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Sector in Grenada on the recently approved Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

This landmark agreement that addresses the phase down of production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) –a group of potent green-house gases, used mainly as a refrigerant in the RAC sector was adopted during the early morning of October 15th, 2016, at the recently held 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held in Kigali, Rwanda from October 10th-16th, 2016.

At the consultation held at the Ministry of Finance and Energy, the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, presented to the stakeholders on the outcome of the Kigali Meeting; the key elements of the Amendment and the implications for low volume consuming (LVC) countries such as Grenada.

Among the stakeholders present were representatives from the Grenada Refrigeration Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), importers of RAC refrigerants and equipment, Customs Officers, T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Trade Officials, the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) and the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC).

Mr. Smith in his presentation updated the stakeholders on the new procedures adopted for baseline consumption calculation, the freeze date and the HFC phase down obligations for Grenada and other developing countries. In the case of Grenada he outlined that the baseline would be calculated on the average consumption of HFC’s for the years 2020-2022 plus 65% of the HCFC baseline. The freeze year is 2024 and the phase down steps would be to reduce consumption to 90% of the baseline by January 1, 2029, 70% by 2035, 50% by 2040 and 20% by 2045 and thereafter.

The current consumption trend for HFCs for Grenada shows year on year increases. Mr. Smith also discussed the relationship of the Amendment with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol as well and the flexibility by which parties can operate. Further, he informed that the amendment is due to enter into force on January 1, 2019.

During the discussion with the stakeholders of the implications of the Amendment for Grenada, a number of issues were highlighted. Among them were:

  • The need to impose import restrictions for HFC and HFC based equipment;
  • The need to update national legislation to include regulations on HFC control measures;
  • Additional training and capacity building for the RAC technicians;
  • Availability and cost of alternative low GWP alternatives for all applications;
  • Increase awareness and educational activities;
  • Establishment of an incentive regime and;
  • Development of standards for the RAC sector particularly to address flammable and toxic refrigerants

These issues and other will be addressed in moving forward with a planned program of activities to address the phase down of HFCs

Another Local Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technician Benefits From training In Germany

 

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National Ozone Unit: As part of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) ongoing policy to develop the capacity of local refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) as well as provide opportunities to gain international experience in the area of Natural Refrigerant Technology, senior instructor at the T A Marryshow College (TAMCC), Mr. Michael Cadore left the island on Saturday October 8th, 2016 to attend a two week intensive training program in Germany.

The “Cool Training” for RAC trainers and experts is organized by GIZ Proklima with funding provided by the Government of Germany in collaboration with the BFS Vocational Training Centre in Maintal, Germany. The format of the training would be 70% practical and 30% theoretical.

During the two weeks training from October 10th – 21st, Mr. Cadore and the rest of the participants would be exposed to a wide range of topics including safety consideration when working with natural refrigerants, more specific, hydrocarbons . Hydrocarbons are widely promoted as one of the most suitable replacement for refrigerants that are ozone depleting or with high global warming potential.  Under Grenada’s hydrofluorocarbon (HCFC) phase out management plan (HPMP), natural refrigerant technology has been identified as the technology of choice to leap-frog the high GWP hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) refrigerants .

Mr. Cadore is the second RAC technician from Grenada within the last four months to benefit from this opportunity. Earlier in July, Mr. Henry Frederick also attended the “Cool Training” in Germany.  Mr. Cadore, on his return is expected to work along with the NOU and TAMCC to conduct training in the related area to other technicians in Grenada.  The NOU has identified a number of other local technicians to benefit from similar training opportunities.

 

GRENADA TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH COOL CONTRIBUTIONS

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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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