Regional Reports / Canada

ICARMA Approves Policy Statements

October 2, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Mark Boncardo, HRAI Manufacturers Division chair, and Caroline Czajko, Manufacturers Division manager, represented HRAI at the International Council of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers' Associations (ICARMA) meeting held in Manaus, Brazil. Twenty-one delegates from the seven ICARMA member countries participated. Carlos Trombini, 2006 ICARMA chairman, and a representative with Carrier Refrigeração Brasil, emphasized in the opening statement that the council was important as a vehicle for strengthening the voice of the global HVACR industry.

During the meeting, council members provided briefings on their country or region's activity to address responsible refrigerant use, energy efficiency, technician training, and responsible equipment management. In addition, the council discussed updates to its global statistics program and approved the following policy statements highlighting the industry's voluntary efforts:

  • Comprehensive Responsible Refrigerant Use

    The council advanced four principles as a comprehensive approach to globally responsible refrigerants use, including the use of the Responsible Use Guide for Minimizing Fluorocarbon Emissions in Manufacturing Facilities; technician training guidelines; recycle/reclaim/destroy programs; and political advocacy.

  • Technician Training Guidelines

    The council recommended nine guidelines to encourage global standards for technician excellence, based on the unique circumstances for each country or region. These guidelines include developing and updating curriculum guides, encouraging technicians to develop fundamental knowledge in a number of subjects, promoting appropriate workplace behaviors, and supporting accreditation standards and third party certification.

  • Responsible Equipment Management Guidelines

    In some ICARMA countries, as much as 85 percent of HVACR equipment is recycled. The council endorsed continued voluntary equipment recycling, including consideration of decommissioning during the design phase, encouraging installers to adopt responsible equipment management guidelines, informing governments regarding industry's recycling efforts, and raising public awareness.

    ICARMA's policy statements, as well as the Responsible Use Guide for Manufacturing Facilities, can be found on the ICARMA Website at

    Publication date: 10/02/2006

  • Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

    You must login or register in order to post a comment.



    Image Galleries

    2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

    Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


    NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

    Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

    More Podcasts


    NEWS 09-15-14 cover

    2014 September 15

    Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

    Table Of Contents Subscribe

    Venting R-22

    The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
    View Results Poll Archive


    2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

    Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

    More Products

    Clear Seas Research


    Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


    Magazine image
    Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con