The Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ARACT) Technicians of Belize
The Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) of Belize was established in December, 2008, with the assistance of the National Ozone Unit in the Department of the Environment. After Belize signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in January, 1998, the Department of the Environment established in 2000 the National Ozone Unit within its office to implement Belize's Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) as a measure to comply with the stipulations of the Montreal Protocol. The objective of the Montreal Protocol is to phase-out Ozone Depleting Substances in all countries including Belize. A national survey conducted in 2000 concluded that the only ozone depleting substance used in Belize were Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better know as "Refrigerants", and that the used was concentrated in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector.
In order to implement the Refrigerant Management Plan effectively, the National Ozone Unit requested the support of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector to implement the RMP and to achieve the gradual phase-out of CFCs in Belize. During the implementation of the RMP, the members of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector requested the assistance of the NOU to draft legislation for the sector to be better organized. As a result, the Refrigeration Technicians (Licensing) Bill was drafted in 2005. After many consultations over the years, the Bill was enacted in 2010. The Refrigeration Technicians (Licensing) Act was passed into Law on 19th April, 2010. The Act came into effect on 1st July, 2010.
Effective 1st July 2010, it is required for persons practicing refrigeration and/or air conditioning in Belize to be registered and licensed according the LAW. It will be illegal to practice refrigeration and air conditioning without such a license.
The Act provides for registration and licensing of refrigeration and air conditioning technicians and will regulate the practice of refrigeration and air conditioning services. The Act has legally established the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians of Belize and authorized the Association to manage their own business collectively and collaboratively, including the Registration and Licensing of Technicians through a transparent process. The passage of the Act into Law has served as another milestone in the fulfillment of Belize’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol.
Additionally, the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector has help tremendously over the years in the implementation of other projects such as the Refrigerant Management Plan Update (RMPU) and the Terminal Phase-out Management Plan (TPMP) which has resulted in the phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances, in particular CFCs, in 2008, and in the prohibition of imports of CFCs effective 1st January, 2010.
Founding Members of ARACT
1. Mr. Hezron Hernandez of Orange Walk Town
2. Mr. Alberto Coyoc Sr. of Corozal Town
3 Mr. Alberto Coyoc Jr.of Corzal Town
4. Mr. Anthony Bell of Belize City
5. Mr. Rene Allen of Belize City
6. Mr. Salvador Guerra of Belize City
7. Mr. John Banman of Spanish Lookout
8. Mr. Eddie Halliday of San Pedro Town
9. Mr. Wally Nuñez of San Pedro Town
10 Mr. Kerry Estephan of Dangriga
11. Mr. David Ferrier of Belmopan
12. Mr. Martin Alegria of the Department of the Environment
13. Mr. Leonides Sosa of the Department of the Environment
For more information on the Council and Committee Members of ARACT, click HERE!!