Technicians trained on use of gases harmful to ozone layer

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in partnership with the National Environment Agency (NEA) recently ended a three-week training for technicians on the UNIDO project in raising awareness on hydrocarbon and carbonoxide management in the use of refrigerator and air conditions.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mrs Jahou S. Faal, Director General of GTTI, remarked that GTTI was fulfilling its mandate to address the mid-level manpower needs of The Gambia.

She divulged that in collaboration with UNIDO and NEA, it has been engaging in series of technology transfers in the area of gases in air conditioning and refrigeration to technicians and entrepreneurs in the Gambia economy.

She said the Gambia Technical Training Institute as a TVET training provider in The Gambia, has been training on refrigeration and air conditioning over the two decades. It is carried out by the RAC unit of the engineering department which is equipped with standard tools and equipment to carry out practical exercises in residential and small commercial refrigeration applications.

The promotion of national friendly gas for refrigeration and Air condition application was part of a contact signed by the institution and UNIDO to create awareness among entrepreneurs and technicians as they engage in commercial applications of this gases that are ozone depletion substances, which the project stands to discourage.

Mrs Faal stated that the project has targeted 150 RAC technicians on the management of hydrocarbon and carbondioxide in reducing greenhouse emissions and encourage technicians to adopt alternatives like HCFCs.

During the three week training, a Facebook page was created to continue the collaboration between stakeholders in the project and also serve as a platform in creating awareness.     

Omar S. Bah from the NEA advised the participants to make good use of the training and utilise the alternative that they were exposed to during the training.

He assured that NEA would always be willing to support them in all their needs, adding that the training was in line with NEA objective to reduce greenhouse gases that are harmful to the ozone layer.

According to him, GTTI has also been partnering in other environment related issues like energy efficiency projects and the introduction of renewable energy in a bid to ensure that the environment is clean and void of pollution which is a major environmental challenge.

“The efforts of UNIDO is appreciated which will go a long way for entrepreneurs and technicians as it is vibrant in our society,” he said.

He further challenged participants to be serious and professional in their work, adding that they should explain the harmful nature of the HC22 to their customers and on their part, uphold their responsibility as part of contribution to national development.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez