NO. 43/2015 DATE: June 8, 2015
OVER EC$1.5 MILLION DOLLARS APPROVED FOR GRENADA TO COMPLETE THE PHASE OUT OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Monday June 08, 2015: During the recently concluded 74th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, held in Montreal, Canada from May 18th – 22nd, Grenada was among several developing countries identified to benefit from additional funding to aid with the complete phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), in the amount of US$540,000 (XCD$1,467,126).
In December 2010, the Executive Committee at its 64th Meeting, approved US $210,000 (XCD$570,549) for Stage I of Grenada’s Phase-out Programme, up to the year 2020. At the end of Stage I, Grenada is expected to phase out 35% of its baseline consumption. With the additional funding approved at the 74th meeting, Grenada is expected to completely phase out the remaining 65% of Ozone Depleting Substances.
Grenada was among the first countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to launch its HPMP in July 2011. The National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, is confident that Grenada is well ahead of its implementation and phase-out schedules and can completely phase out the remaining ODSs before the Montreal Protocol schedule.
In addition to the approval of additional funding:
· Successful negotiations were completed to review the Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP) for Developing Countries. The ISP is used for the day to day operations of the National Ozone Unit (NOU). At the last review if the ISP in 2004, funding levels were set at a minimum of US$30,000 (XCD$81,507) per year, for a two year cycle. At the end of the negotiations, the minimum level was increased to US$42, 500 (XCD$115,468) per year.
· Grenada will benefit from US $40,000 (XCD$108,676) that was approved to conduct surveys on inventories of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Although HFCs are not ODS, they are potent Green House Gases (GHGs) and are currently being discussed to be included in the basket of gases controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
· Grenada will also benefit from the approval of US 60,000 (XCD$163,014) that was approved for project preparation for a regional project that includes four (4) other Caribbean countries.
Grenada was represented at the meeting by National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith, who is the current Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for 2105.
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196 ENERGY DIAGNOSIS AND POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHOP AS GRENADA MOVES FORWARD IN DEVELOPING NATIONAL ENERGY PLANNING GUIDELINES
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50 September 18, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY 2015 BUDGET PREPARATION MOVING INTO HIGH GEAR
48 September 12, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
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37 June 30, 2014 - JUNIOR OFFICERS OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION PARTICIPATE IN BASIC TRAINING COURSE
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21 April 1, 2014 - GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS COMMENCE TALKS ON MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR HOME-GROWN PROGRAMME OF FISCAL ADJUSTMENT AND REFORMS
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