HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan (Stage I)
What the project is about
This project, supported by both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), represents the first stage of Guyana’s HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan.
HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, are ozone-depleting substances which contribute strongly to climate change. As a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, the Government of Guyana has committed to a staged approach to achieving the complete phase-out of HCFCs by 2030.
In the first stage, with the support of this project, Guyana is targeting a 10% reduction in HCFC production and consumption by 1 January 2015, from a 2009/2010 baseline.
The project focuses largely on activities for the servicing sector using HCFC-22. Guyana will reduce the demand for HCFC-22 for servicing of existing equipment through HCFC recovery and recycling, and by strengthening training of technicians and building their capacity for better service practices.
The two outputs linked to the UNDP-implemented part of this project are:
1) Technical support to the service sector: training of technicians on good practice, recovery and reuse, retrofitting to alternatives; and
2) Provision of service tools, equipment and hydrocarbon service kits.
What we have accomplished so far
The UNDP-implemented component of this UNEP/UNDP project has achieved the following:
· Since 2012, a total of seven (7) technicians’ training workshops were held across Regions 2, 4, 6 and 10, reaching 98 participants. These workshops on retrofitting using alternative refrigerants made technicians more knowledgeable about the benefits of using ozone-friendly alternatives, and more aware about how to handle them safely.
· A technicians’ training seminar on Alternative Technology was held in 2014, and attended by 34 participants.
· A Customs Officers’ Training in the Green Customs Initiative was held in 2014 and attended by 32 participants (16 men, 16 women). This training improved the abilities of customs officers to identify ozone-depleting substances and follow proper procedure to ensure that ozone-depleting substances are not being illegally imported into Guyana.
· 17,979 USD worth of tools and equipment were purchased for distribution to technicians and technical training institutes. These will allow technicians to be better equipped for the efficient recovery and reuse of gases in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (R&AC) sector.
· Three (3) core modules for the R&AC Programme were drafted for use in technical training institutes. These are being reviewed by the TVET Council for approval and implementation.
· Memorandums of Understanding were signed to allow for 15,000 USD to be disbursed to the Sophia Training Centre, and for 5,000 USD to be disbursed to the Kuru Kuru Training Centre. The grant to the Sophia Training Centre funded the construction of a practical workshop for the R&AC Programme, and the grant to the Kuru Kuru Training Centre funded the enhancement of the classroom and practical room for its R&AC Programme, as well as the purchase of teaching materials. Formal training through the Programmes offered by these training institutes will significantly facilitate the transition to more environmentally-friendly and energy efficient refrigeration alternatives.
Who finances it?
Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) – 48,000 USD
Who are the partners?
Implementing Agency: UNEP
Implementing Partner: Ministry of Agriculture, Hydromet. Division