From 31 August-1 September 2016 in St. George, capital of the small Caribbean island Grenada, representatives of countries participating in a demonstration project on safely handling low-GWP refrigerants, met for the start of a project focused on the safe use of hydrocarbons.
The workshop – which was also attended by a representative of implementing agency the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – kicked off with agreement on a detailed work plan and budget for the project between participants from the Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and host country Grenada, as well as UNIDO.
A fully equipped Regional Pilot Training Centre will be established in the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in St. George to train HVAC&R engineers from the participating countries. Training will begin with a five-day ‘train-the-trainers’ workshop and a regional technology expo, as well as subsequent training for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.
UNIDO and the Caribbean countries also made sure that the training centre had the right equipment and know-how to train engineers to work with hydrocabron refrigerants.
On the final day, delegates met local stakeholders in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector to introduce the project and help to ensure its successful implementation.
The project will focus primarily on the safe use of hydrocarbons. Funding for $220,000 (€195,321) was approved at the 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, in Montreal last May.