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The University of Technology (UTECH) received CFC recovery machines, valued at approximately US$15,000 to enhance the University’s training programme in good practices in refrigeration and air conditioning. Owen Gunning, Director of the Computing, Engineering and Entrepreneurial Centre at UTECH received the equipment from the UNDP at a ceremony held on Wednesday, March 25, attended by representatives of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the Ozone Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNDP.
The hand-over was part of the closing activities of the Terminal Phase out Management Plan (TPMP) for Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in Jamaica which was initiated in 2002 and had a target of achieving a total phase-out of CFCs within 3.5 years. The project was funded jointly by Environment Canada and UNDP and was extended until 2008. The TPMP received the Montreal Protocol Exemplary Project Recognition from the United Nations Environment Programme, for contribution to the global effort to protect the Ozone layer.
UNDP supported the implementation of a Retrofit and Replacement Programme for End-Users in the commercial and industrial refrigeration sectors. This included a retrofitting/replacement incentive programme designed to reduce or eliminate CFC consumption in the servicing of commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment at the end-users sector. The project was implemented by the National Ozone Unit/ National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA) and included activities related to:
The successful implementation of the Terminal Phase-out Management Plan resulted in a reduction in the use of virgin CFCs by end-users and ultimately the complete phase out of CFCs in Jamaica. As of January 1 2006 no new imports of CFCs have been allowed into Jamaica resulting in achievement of the control measure for CFCs set by the Montreal Protocol.
The handover of CFC recovery machines to the University of Technology is part of a sustainability strategy for maintaining zero CFC consumption by ensuring that capacity building continues among technicians who service refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.