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