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Welcome to Saint Lucia's National Ozone Website


Welcome 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 layer depletion.




Latest Ozone Protection Developments in Saint Lucia

International Day For the Preservation of The Ozone Layer September 16, 2014.

Theme: "Ozone Layer Protection. The Mission Goes On

Celebrations for International Ozone Day was commemorated with a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on the Establishment of an Illegal Trade Prevention Network to Monitor (ITPN) Trade in  Ozone Depleting Substances and Ozone Depleting Substances Technologies in Saint Lucia. The MOC was signed by agencies involved in the monitoring of illegal trade in Saint Lucia. The MOC for ITPN seeks to  create a network among parties to disseminate and share any information available on illegal trade of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). This MOC for ITPN was signed by four parties; The Customs and Excise Department, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) , The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (Marine Police Unit) and The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.


Training of Shippers and their Brokers to handle ODS 

Saint Lucia, hosted a training for Shipping companies in the identification and handling of pesticides, toxic chemicals, ozone depleting substances, refrigerants and their products. The training was held on 26th February 2014 in the conference room of the Sustainable Development and Environment Division (SDED).  Click here to read more:

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.
Click here to read more and to view samples of the forms ...




Regional Developments


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.






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 Contact us:
Saint Lucia's National Ozone Unit - Sustainable Development and Environment Division
Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology
1st Floor Caribbean Cinemas Building, Choc Estate
Castries, Saint Lucia, West Indies
Telephone: (758) 451-8746  Facsimile: 450-1904