The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of the Ministry of Planning and Development hosted a Trade Show on Technology using Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) Alternatives in the Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning (RAC) Sector on October 13th and 14th, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.
The Trade Show aimed at sensitising stakeholders both locally, and across the region, on new and emerging technology in the RAC sector. The technology exhibited make use of HCFC-alternatives, mainly Hydrofluorocarbons and Hydrocarbons. Exhibitors included companies with experience using ODS-free RAC equipment; international, regional and local experts including those from Cuba, Brazil, United States of America and Germany; and manufacturers and distributors of new RAC technology.
The NOU also had a booth where participants gained information on ozone layer depletion and about the NOU and its efforts to phase out ODS. Additionally, there were also short presentations and technical information sharing sessions which were approximately thirty (30) minutes each and led by select exhibitors.
This two (2) day Trade Show was well attended by members of the RAC Sector, technical /vocational and secondary schools and other interested members of the public. Participants gained new and improved technical skills and knowledge on environmentally-friendly RAC technology, in addition, they were provided with a unique opportunity to interact with local and foreign manufacturers, importers and retailers to address any questions or concerns, and to forge new professional relationships. Ultimately, the event was an avenue that supports the efforts of region in making further strides to becoming HCFC-free.