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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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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