Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Annual Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti- Grenada May 17-19 2017

The United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP ROLAC) along with the Government of Grenada hosted the Network Meeting of Ozone Officers  of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held during the period May 17-19, 2017 in Grenada.

The meeting focused on general issues and updates as well as discussions on the issues related to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The status of refrigeration and air conditioning in the tourism sector, south south cooperation, standards for equipment in particular flammable refrigerants, disposal of recovered refrigerant, Informal Prior Informed Consent (ipic), hydrocarbon production, leapfrogging of technology to climate friendly alternatives, refrigeration training, licensing and quota systems, and policy instruments were discussed. An overview of the Professional Certification Scheme from Trinidad and Tobago was also presented. 

A detailed breakdown of the Kigali Amendment was presented together with legal and institutional frameworks necessary to take the Kigali Amendment forward at the national level. In addition actions that countries could undertake to achieve the targets established by the Kigali Amendment were presented.  It was highlighted that this year the Montreal Protocol celebrates 30 years of successful implementation.

Issues of importance to Trinidad and Tobago included information on implementation of Kigali Amendment and the phasedown of HFCs, leapfrogging of technology to climate friendly alternatives, Hydrocarbon production, execution of the HPMP, destruction technologies, illegal trade, and the disposal/waste management of obsolete and unwanted Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

The meeting embraced a participatory approach, allowing the exchange of experiences, discussions and co-operation with UNEP ROLAC, the Ozone Secretariat, and the Caribbean region. 

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was represented at the Network Meeting of Ozone Officers  of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti by 

Dr. Marissa Gowrie
Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer
Environmental Policy and Planning Division
Ministry of the Planning and Development


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Professional Certification of Technicians in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry is here!!!!!


Subsequent to a request from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Association (ARIA) for the certification of technicians in order to have better regulation of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) approached the National Training Agency (NTA) on possible collaboration in establishing such a system based on the National Guidelines Document developed by the NOU. The NTA indicated that it would include this Professional Certification in its work programme, and a team was established between NTA, the NOU and key stakeholders in the sector, including the School of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SORAC), Metal Industries Company Limited (MIC), National Energy Skills Center (NESC), and the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP), to develop this Professional Certification. Consultations were held in Trinidad and Tobago and the proposal revised accordingly.  The System was been finalized based on input from all stakeholders and will be administered by the NTA.
 
The launch took place today, April 12, 2017 at Hilton Trinidad.
 
For more Information, the Body of Knowledge and Registration visit www.ntatt.org 

 
 
LR- Marissa Gowrie - Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer, Environmental Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Planning and Development; Steve Arman - Chief Executive Officer - NTA, Joanne Deoraj- Permanent Secretary Ministry of Planning and Development, The Honourable Dr. Lovell Francis - Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kenneth Boodoo- President of ARIA, Mr. Deenish Maharaj- Manager, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Department, NTA
 
 
More Pictures of this Historic Event