The National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology has 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).
The equipment includes a recovery machine, vacuum pumps, manifold gauges, a flaring tool kit, thermometers and recovery cylinders.
The donation forms part of national obligations under the Montreal Protocol to phase out importation and use of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs).
One of the mechanisms to achieve the phase-out targets is the implementation of the import/export licensing system for ODS and extending the life of refrigerants through recovery, recycling and retrofitting (RR&R) practices.
National Ozone Officer Donnalyn Charles says the upgrading of the main training centres in Saint Lucia with appropriate tools to train student technicians in R&RR and alternative technologies is one objective of Saint Lucia’s hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP).
“Saint Lucia’s HCFC HPMP which was approved at the 64th Meeting of the Executive Committee to the Montreal Protocol in July 2011 outlines the policy, legislative, institutional and other measures to support the phase-out of HCFCs according to the Montreal Protocol,” Charles said.
“More importantly, one of the activities of the HPMP is the upgrading of the main training centres in Saint Lucia, with appropriate tools to train student technicians in R&RR and alternative technologies. CARE has been identified by this ministry, as a key institute delivering training in refrigeration and air conditioning. However, we are aware that CARE is not well equipped to deliver its refrigeration and air conditioning programme. As such the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is pleased to donate the equipment to the institution. We see this as a key investment in education and hope the equipment will go a long way to support students and CARE as an institution”.
The donated equipment will be used to support lesson in the school’s refrigeration and air-conditioning programmes.
The donation was received by the Executive Director of CARE Dr Karleeen Mason who lauded the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology for the worthwhile support.