Ms. Krysten Harris of the NOU (back row), Ministry of the Environment
and Water Resources with students of Lambeau A.C Primary
School after a sensitization session.
With the aim of increasing public awareness, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) began conducting sensitization programmes in schools across the country during the month of November. Students were educated on the Montreal Protocol, the Ozone Layer and its depletion, and current initiatives being undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The NOU has presented to classes ranging from lower primary school to Form Six and plans to continue doing so in the new 2015 school term. Schools visited include:
- Holy Name Convent, Port of Spain
- St. Francois Girls’ College
- Bishop Centenary College
- Lambeau A.C. Primary School
- Bon Accord Government Primary
Customs Brokers Training:
Dr. Marissa Gowrie, the NOU’s Ozone Officer,
speaking with participants of the Customs Brokers Training
On 25th November, 2014 the NOU held its first training session for customs brokers at Premier Quality Services Limited, Macoya. This training was done in an effort to strengthen the relationship between the NOU and stakeholders in the trade of ozone depleting substances (ODS), and to increase understanding of the requirements for importation of refrigeration and air conditioning gases.
The workshop was a collaborative effort between the NOU, Trade Licensing Unit, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), Customs and Excise Division and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Association. It was well attended by 22 customs brokers from various companies.
Presentations made to the participants included:
- The Montreal Protocol and the science of the Ozone Layer and its depletion by Dr. Marissa Gowrie (NOU)
- HS Tariff Codes for Refrigerants (Customs Quick Tool) by Ms. Neera Singh (NOU)
- Role of TTBS in monitoring imports and identifying refrigerants by Mr. Urvyn Boochoon (TTBS)
- TT Biz Link and ASYCUDA by Ms. Kerry Ann Alexander (Customs Academy).
Mr. Urvyn Boochoon of TTBS having a practical session with customs brokers on the use of refrigerant identifiers
This training session also encompassed the information gained from a regional training workshop held in Grenada in 2013 which focused on “Protecting Caribbean Borders from Illegal Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).” The collaborative efforts were well received and the NOU intends to continue further training with custom brokerage firms in 2015.