Role of standards in the HCFC phase-out in Trinidad and Tobago

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  Role of standards in the HCFC phase-out in Trinidad and Tobago. Presented by Dr. Marissa Gowrie Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad & Tobago. Capital : Port-of-Spain Population ~ 1.3 Million Part of the Caribbean Sub-Region (Article 5)
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Role of standards in the HCFC phase-out in Trinidad and Tobago Presented by Dr. Marissa Gowrie Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • Capital: Port-of-Spain
  • Population ~ 1.3 Million
  • Part of the Caribbean Sub-Region (Article 5)
  • Major Exports: Petroleum gas, refined petroleum, Ammonia
  • Major Imports: Crude petroleum, iron ore, machines and metals
  • Country Programme for T&T
  • T&T has met all obligations under the MP and has phased out CFCs 2 years ahead of schedule
  • Currently implementing our HPMP. Phase out includes HCFC phase out in the RAC, Foam Manufacturing and Pest Control Sectors
  • All refrigerant imports and exports are controlled via a licensing and quota system administered by Ministry of Trade, Customs and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau Standards
  • Partners/Stakeholders for the development of National Standards
  • Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS)
  • Ministry of Trade
  • Customs and Excise Division
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Sector
  • Pest Control Sector
  • Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Unit (Ministry of Health)
  • Consumers of products and services
  • Technical experts in the various sectors
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards Standards
  • Develop, promote and enforce standards in order to improve the quality and performance of goods produced or used in T&T
  • Ensure industrial efficiency and development; promote public and industrial welfare, health and safety; and protect the environment.
  • Covers all goods except food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides and agricultural produce.
  • Current Standards Standards
  • PCTTS 76:Part13:20XX, Requirements for Labelling – Part 13 – Labelling of Electrical Appliances (2nd Revision); * and
  • CDTTS 76:Part 20:20XX, Requirements for labelling – Part 20 – Labelling of refrigerant containers.* *Currently out for public comment before finalisation
  • Upcoming standards for the country under consideration Standards
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Code of Practice
  • Fumigation and Pest Control Code of Practice
  • Energy efficiency labelling standard for appliances
  • Implementation of Standards Standards *Wide range of new alternatives on the market
  • Control measures are an important aspect to reduce risk to consumers e.g flammability
  • Maintenance of a minimum uniform level for the quality of goods (RAC equipment and gases imported)
  • Finding balance between controlling the quality of products and not creating barriers to new viable alternatives that are Low GWP
  • International Standards Standards
  • International Standards Bodies are referenced and reviewed to ensure that our local standards are in line with international requirements
  • Support international trade
  • Support enforcement officers (identifying illegal trade)
  • Benefits of standards to T&T Standards
  • Establishment of the level of quality, thereby allowing products to be evaluated and compared
  • Increased productivity and enhance efficiency
  • Reduce costs for consumers
  • Provision of the basis for trade transactions
  • Benefits of standards to T&T Standards
  • Minimization of waste
  • Ensure safety and quality of products
  • Facilitate interchangeability of products and services designed for the same purpose.
  • Support the licensing and quota system
  • Support for integration of new alternatives
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