Customs Officers to recieve training in Ozone Depleting Substances

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:58 PM

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST, 24, 2011: The National Ozone Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, in its continued implementation of Grenada’s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal protocol on Substances that Deplete the ozone layer, has organized a training workshop for customs officers in the Monitoring and Control of Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

This training will take place over two days, Wednesday August 24th and Thursday August 25th, 2011, at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Approximately thirty (30) customs officers will be trained. On each day two separate groups of fifteen (15) officers will receive the training.  The training will include both theoretical and practical components and will be conducted by officials of the Customs Department and National Ozone Unit.

The primary objectives of the training are:

  • Discuss the role of customs officers and other stakeholders in the control and monitoring of trade in ODS and ODS dependent technologies
  • Familiarize participants with the provisions and phase-out schedules of the Montreal Protocol;
  • To train participants in detecting smuggling techniques in ODS
  • To train  participants in the examination and identification ozone depleting substances
  • Increase awareness of ozone depletion issues and impacts of ozone layer depletion

This activity is aimed at assisting Grenada in meeting the Montreal Protocol Phase out targets for HCFC Refrigerants during the years 2013 to 2020.  Grenada’s initial phase out targets for HCFC refrigerants are: to freeze consumption in the year 2013, reduce consumption by 10% in 2015 and a further reduction in consumption by 35% in the year 2020.

Some of the key topics to be included in the training are:

  • Ozone Layer Science
  • Identification of Ozone Depleting Substances
  • Roles of Customs Officers and other Stakeholders
  • Smuggling methods and techniques
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Practical exercises using refrigerant identifiers

In preparation for the phase out of these gases, the Government of Grenada has already instituted an import licensing and quota system for all refrigerants that will be imported into the country.  Several other trade control measures are due to be implemented in 2012.
This training is a continuation of similar training workshops held in the past during the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) which Grenada has already successfully phased out.





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