17 Dec 2018 Editorial

OzonAction Brings Bangladesh Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Professionals to China for Cool Training

GUANGZHOU, CHINA, 25 November 2018 – Twenty-five refrigeration and air-conditioning master technicians and industry experts from Bangladesh attended a training workshop in China on the campus of Guangzhou Light Industry Technician College from 22-24 November. This specialized training focused on good practices and safe use of flammable technology used in air conditioners and fridges. The additional know-how gained by the Bangladeshi trainees will enable them to work more efficiently with the latest technology and at the same time support of objectives of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. 

Group photo

Representatives from Guangzhou Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS), Guangdong Province Vocational Skill Appraisal Centre, Guangzhou Vocation Skill Appraisal Centre, Mechanic Education Management Office and WorldSkills International inaugurated and welcomed the participants to the workshop. They also presented their capacity building activities undertaken at the provincial and national levels in China, particularly on good practices in operation and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioners.

It was highlighted that both China and Bangladesh are members of WorldSkills International, an international body that organizes national vocational skills competitions for its 79-member countries. Such south-south cooperation on skills development and knowledge exchange is crucial for economic development of both countries.

Guangzhou workshop

Technicians from major refrigeration and air-conditioning industries in Bangladesh such as Walton, Supreme, Elite Hi-Tech Industries Ltd., Cooling Point, AC Bazaar and Unitech participated in the training. Trainers from polytechnic institutes and technicians from major servicing workshops in Bangladesh also attended. Mr. Sheikh Obaidullah Al Mahmood from Bangladesh’s National Ozone Unit at the Department of Environment highly appreciated the training workshop and said: “Bangladesh’s refrigeration and air conditioning sector is moving towards low-GWP technologies in the near future, and the learnings from this training workshop would facilitate the development of competence needed for adoption of such technologies.” 

The three-day workshop included both theoretical and extensive practical sessions. Participants were introduced to alternative refrigerant technologies such as R-290, R-744, etc. that replace ozone depleting substances and were provided detailed training on good practices and safe use of such alternatives. Detailed sessions were held on refrigeration and air conditioning installation, maintenance, and safety parameters.

UN Environment OzonAction in cooperation with China Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) at the Ministry of Environment and Ecology of China facilitated the organization of the training workshop.

For more information contact:

Shaofeng Hu
Regional Montreal Protocol Coordinator
Asia and the Pacific Office
OzonAction - UN Environment
[email protected]

Liazzat Rabbiosi
Montreal Protocol Officer
Asia and the Pacific Office
OzonAction – UN Environment
[email protected]