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Thursday, 17th December 2020, Seria – A workshop to train technicians regarding good practices in servicing refrigeration and air-conditioning systems was organised by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IBTE Sultan Bolkiah Campus.

As the national focal point for Montreal Protocol on issues relating to substances that deplete the ozone layer, JASTRe has worked together with IBTE to raise awareness and educate technicians on the importance of proper procedures in installing and servicing cooling systems such as refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC). Best practices of installing and servicing these equipment is important to ensure the competence of these technicians in saving the ozone layer from use of ozone depleting substances. 


This is in line with Brunei Darussalam's Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and Enabling Activities for Hydrofluorocarbon Phase-down under the Montreal Protocol. Two master trainers and selected RAC students from IBTE were invited to conduct and assist with the back-to-back two days course, alongside the National Ozone Unit from Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe). The workshop was held from December 14th – 17th at IBTE Sultan Bolkiah Campus, Seria.


On the first day, technicians were well-informed on issues ranging from environmental and human health impacts, safety and handling of RAC units and their refrigerants. While on the second day, the participants were assessed theoretically and practically in order to check their understandings on what they had been trained during the course. 


So far, more than 200 technicians from various refrigeration and air-conditioning service companies in Brunei Darussalam have been trained under this joined collaborative effort. The public is also encouraged to consult these trained technicians to ensure a proper installation and servicing of RAC units.



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