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The Liberian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its National Ozone Unit (NOU), concluded over the weekend a three-day refresher training for technicians and trainers of refrigeration and air conditioning practitioners from Bong, Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties.

The training, which took place at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) on Japan Highway, Paynesville, outside Monrovia is the second in a series of trainings for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians organized by the EPA in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation.

Recently, the EPA and the German Agency for International Cooperation concluded refresher training for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

Students from MVTC’s refrigeration and air conditioning department were also attracted to the training, which was the first in a series of trainings planned across the country.

The training sessions took place under the theme: “Refrigeration and air conditioning techniques, safety and best practices.

The training of technicians in Bong, Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties covered several topics, including “emphasis on safe handling of hydrocarbon-based refrigerants”, “emphasis on hands-on learning and hands-on training”, “proper brazing techniques and preventing system leaks”.

Speaking at the start of the training, Seta Marshall, National Focal Point on the Montreal Protocol and Head of the National Ozone Unit, said that as Liberia prepares to enforce its obligations under Kigali amendment, it was crucial to train refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

Mr. Marshall revealed that the training promoted the use of new technologies, which are in line with the Kigali Amendment and build capacity in their safe use.

Liberia is a party to the Vienna Convention, which gave rise to the “Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer”.

Liberia has ratified the Montreal Protocol and all its amendments, including the Kigali Amendment which was ratified on July 12, 2020.

The Montreal Protocol, according to Marshall, is a landmark agreement that identified key ozone-depleting chemicals and set a timetable for their eventual phase-out.

“Under this protocol, the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are to be reduced and eventually eliminated through the development of chemical substitutes and alternative manufacturing processes,” Marshall said.

The 15thand In October 2016, after seven years of intensive negotiations, Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer finally reached a historic agreement at their 28and Meeting of the Parties (MOP) held in Kigali, Rwanda, to phase out the production and consumption of a list of 18 Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Mr Marshall revealed that HFCs are commonly used alternatives to ozone depleting substances in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

“HFCs do not deplete the ozone layer, but they are presage ‘greenhouse gases’ (GHGs) with high global warming potentials (GWPs) ranging from 12 to 14,800,” explained M. .Marshall.

Before him, Charles Dennis, Deputy Chief of the National Ozone Unit, revealed that the workshop followed a workshop that was supposed to be held last year, but which did not take place due to the outbreak of COVID 19.

Mr Dennis told attendees that the training was not intended to train technicians, but rather to refresh them on new developments in the sector so that they would adapt.

For his part, MVTC Dean of Students, Samuel J. Moribah commended the EPA and its National Ozone Unit for the opportunity provided to students, lecturers, and other technicians in the refrigeration industry and air conditioning.

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