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Welcome to Saint Lucia's National Ozone Website
to the National Ozone Website of the Helen of the West! Saint Lucia is a small
island developing state (SIDS) located in the Eastern Caribbean between the
Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and has the geographic coordinates of 13 53 North and 60 58 West. It is
the second largest country of the Windward Islands and has an area of six
hundred and sixteen square kilometers (616 km2).
Saint Lucia acceded
to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete
the Ozone Layer on 28th July 1993 and subsequently ratified the
London, Copenhagen and Montreal Amendments on 24th August 1999, and
the Beijing Amendment on 12th December 2001. As an Article 5 Party to the Montreal Protocol, Saint Lucia is obligated
to progressively reduce and eliminate its imports and use of ozone-depleting
substances (ODS). This
website has been developed as one of Saint Lucia’s tools for promoting national
and regional initiatives and raising awareness about the Montreal Protocol and ozone
Latest Ozone Protection developments in Saint Lucia
As Party to the
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Saint Lucia is
required to accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) from
2040 to 2030 because of the high global-warming potential of HCFCs. In an
effort to ensure that HCFCs are phased-out in a sustainable manner, one of the
strategies employed includes the extension of the life of refrigerants that are
currently utilised through good recovery, recycling and retrofitting (RR&R)
practices. However, in order for this strategy to be effective, refrigeration
and air conditioning technicians must be adequately trained and the requisite
tools must be readily available.
Consequently, on Monday, 2nd December 2013, the
National Ozone Unit (NOU) within the Ministry of Sustainable Development,
Energy, Science and Technology made a timely investment in the educational
advancement of the nation's youth through a special donation of equipment to
the Centre for Adolescence Renewal and Education (CARE). Among others, the
equipment donated included a recovery machine, a vacuum pump, manifold gauges,
a flaring tool kit and recovery cylinders.
The National Ozone Unit collaborated with Saint Lucia's National Air Condition and
Refrigeration Association (NARA) to deliver a two-day training in refrigeration and air conditioning. The training was held at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College on December 12 and 14, 2013. This training presented refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in Saint Lucia with an opportunity to sharpen their skills and keep abreast with the rapid change in technology.Click here to find out more! The National Ozone Unit collaborated with Saint Lucia's National Air Condition and
Refrigeration Association (NARA) to deliver a one-day training in
refrigeration and air conditioning for architects, contractors, designers and engineers. The training was held in the Bay Gardens Inn, on 13th December 2013.Click here to find out more!
Registered Importers of ODS and Non-ODS Refrigerants for 2014
The Montreal Amendment which entered into force on 10th
November 1999 requires that Parties implement an import and export
licensing system for ODS which Saint Lucia is enforcing through the
provisions of the Montreal Protocol (Substances that Deplete the Ozone
Layer) [Amendment] Act No. 10 of 2011. This includes the registration of
importer and exporters of both ODS and Non-ODS refrigerants annually. Importers and exporters for the period of January
2014 to December 2014 were registered and approved throughout November 2013. Please click here for more information and to view the 2014 list of registered importers.
Registered Retrofitters of ODS Equipment for 2014
In accordance with the Montreal Protocol (Substances that Deplete the Ozone
Layer) [Amendment] Act No. 10 of 2011, the National Ozone Unit is required to register retrofitters of ODS equipment annually. An invitation to register was extended to all technicians in October and November via a Press Release, the Saint Lucia Gazette and this website. Retrofitters for the period of January
2014 to December 2014 were registered in November 2013. Please click here for more information.
Highlights of Saint Lucia's Ozone Day 2013 Celebration
In December 1994, the General Assembly of the United
Nations designated 16th September as the International Day for the
Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Ozone Day). Since then, nations around
the globe have been commemorating this day by engaging in national and
global efforts to promote the protection of the ozone layer. Saint Lucia's national Ozone Day 2013 activities were spearheaded by the National Ozone Unit within the Sustainable Development and Environment Division of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. Click
here to read more about Saint Lucia's activities.
Saint Lucia's equips its Customs Brokers with the tools to Deal with Toxic Chemicals and ODS
On Monday, 30th September and Tuesday, 1st October 2013, a total of 21 Customs Brokers were trained in the identification and handling of pesticides, toxic chemicals, ozone depleting substances, refrigerants and their products. The training was very successful and resulted in many recommendations for the strengthening and improvement of Saint Lucia's import and expert licencing system. More details about this training will soon be posted on this website.
Saint Lucia Prepares its Frontline to deal with HCFCs
Saint Lucia, through the National
Ozone Unit (NOU) within the Sustainable Development and Environment Division of
the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology has
been implementing the various components of its HCFC Phase out Management Plan
(HPMP) which was launched in September 2011. With the aid of the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), training for Customs Officers in the Enforcement
of Trade Controls under the Montreal Protocol Regulations was conducted in
November 2012. The main objective of the training was to train Customs Officers
in the Enforcement of Trade Controls under the Montreal Protocol Regulations. Click
here to read more ...
NARA - New Partners of Saint Lucia NOU
As part of the Terminal Phase out Management Plan (TPMP),
Saint Lucia was required to establish an association for technicians in the refrigeration
and air condition sector. As such, Bye-Laws and Articles of
Incorporation for the non-profit Company, the National Air Condition and
Refrigeration Association (NARA), were developed and submitted to the
Registry of Companies and Intellectual Property. The National Air Condition and
Refrigeration Association Inc (NARA) subsequently received approval to operate as a non-profit
organization in February 2012 and held an official launch on Thursday,
26th July 2012 at the Bay Gardens Hotel. Click
here to read more ...
Import and Export Licensing - Preserving the Ozone Layer with the Law
As Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that
Deplete the Ozone Layer, Saint Lucia is obligated to progressively reduce and
phase-out its importation and use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Saint Lucia and the rest of the world
are currently working towards the accelerated phase-out of the second group of
ODS, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). One of the mechanisms for achieving this
mandate in Saint Lucia is the monitoring and control of the trade of ODS
through the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Montreal Protocol (Substances that Deplete
the Ozone Layer) [Amendment] Act No. 10 of 2011.
here to read more and to view samples of the forms ...
Trinidad and Tobago ensures that's RAC Sector is HC Smart!
On Thursday, 20th June 2013, the National Ozone Unit of
Trinidad and Tobago conducted one in a series of sensitzations on
hydrocarbons (HC). Trinidad and Tobago, an Article 5 Party to the
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, has one of
the largest refrigeration servicing sectors in the English Specking
Caribbean and Haiti Region. The sensitization was conducted by the Trainer, Mr. Anthony Banfield, of Flavorite Foods. Click
here to read more.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines blazes the trail for the Region's laboratories!
On 13th May 2013, the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through its National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Health and the Environment formally opened an upgraded Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Laboratory at the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Technical. Click
here to read more ...
Grenada prepares the Region for Alternative Technologies
From 27th to 29th November 2012, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP ROLAC) and Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) hosted a training workshop for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians from the English Speaking Caribbean on Alternative Refrigerant Technologies, with a focus on natural refrigerants, particularly hydrocarbons.Click here for more information.
Training of Shippers and their Brokers to handle ODS
Saint Lucia, will be hosting a training for Shipping companies in the identification of identification and handling of pesticides, toxic chemicals, ozone depleting substances, refrigerants and their products. The training is tentatively scheduled for 26th February 2014.
Saint Lucia's National Ozone Unit - Sustainable Development and Environment DivisionMinistry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology1st Floor Caribbean Cinemas Building, Choc EstateCastries, Saint Lucia, West IndiesTelephone: (758) 451-8746 Facsimile: 450-1904