The National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is encouraging importers of refrigerants to apply for an annual license to import or export ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and non-ODS refrigerants.
Retrofitters of ODS equipment are also required to apply for licenses under the laws of Saint Lucia.
This is consistent with Saint Lucia’s obligations as party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Saint Lucia is obligated to progressively reduce and eliminate its imports and use of ODS.
January 1, 2010 marked the phase out date of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in Saint Lucia. The next group of ODS to be phased out is Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) with a target date of 2030.
To achieve the phase-out targets set by the Montreal Protocol, Saint Lucia is obligated to implement an import/export licensing system.
Through the Montreal Protocol (Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer) Act 10 of 2011 and the Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer [Control] Regulations, Saint Lucia will be monitoring and controlling trade in ODS, including HCFCs and other refrigerants.
Since January, Saint Lucia has commenced the phase-out of HCFCs and as such, licenses for the legal trade of ODS has been in effect.
Applications for the 2014 importing year must be lodged with the Sustainable Development and Environment Division of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology up to November 29.
The division is located on the first floor of the Caribbean Cinema Building, Choc Estate, Castries.
Additionally, the ministry would like to remind the general public and retailers of refrigerants that the sale of all refrigerants is restricted to certified technicians in possession of the ‘Certified Technicians’ identification card issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.