Framework for Transition to Chlorofluorocarbons Strenghtens Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

Belmopan, 20th March, 2012.
The National Ozone Unit within the Department of the Environment has been executing the Ozone Layer Protection Programme in Belize since the year 2000.

Based on the formulation of the Country Programme in 1998-1999, the National Ozone Unit has successfully executed various National Projects between the periods 2000 to 2010, in the effort to phase-out importation of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as Ozone Depleting Substances.

While Belize has successfully phased-out the importation of CFCs, the country must maintain zero importation as per the mandates of the Montreal Protocol. One of the many activities under this programme is the upgrading of the Governmentof Belize laboratory’s gas chromatograph. This critical piece of equipment will alsobe able to serve for an in-depth analysis of refrigerants prior to allowing importation into Belize.

This initiative will facilitate the Department of the Environment, in close collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department, to identify suspicious illegal refrigerants importations by analyzing some of the refrigerant using the gas chromatograph.

The Department of the Environment hereby takes this opportunity to once more inform importers/exporters of refrigerant gases that the importations of CFCs have been prohibited since 1st January, 2010. The Department of the Environment does not grant license to import/export such gases.