As a part of the CARICOM’s annually celebrated Energy Month 2022 festivities in Belize, the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) is making its mark with the sustainable energy global movement by hosting a soft launch of its Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme (EELS) pilot project in Belize. The launch took place on the morning of Tuesday, 22nd November 2022 at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. In the afternoon, the BBS facilitated a workshop with importers, delivered by the Association of Normalization and Certification (ANCE) of Mexico.
Earlier in July of this year, the BBS entered a cooperation agreement with ANCE to garner support in capacity building for the EELS pilot project, which is specifically geared towards certification standards on energy-efficient refrigerators, air conditioning, and lighting. Shortly after the signing with ANCE, the BBS embarked on a trip to ANCE’s facilities in Mexico City with a team of delegates including representatives from the Customs department, selected importers and the Energy Unit of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics & E-governance (MPUELE).
The EELS project is a CARICOM initiative in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Dominican Republic of Institute and Quality (INDOCAL) and the German National Metrology Institute. With the common objective of sustainable energy transitioning and the introduction of energy efficiency standards to govern energy performance in Belize, the Energy Unit has committed its full support to the BBS with the implementation of the EELS program providing an allocation of funds from the European Union under the 11the EDF agreement with the Government of Belize.
Over the next two years, the BBS will continue to make strides with the EELS project through capacity building and public awareness initiatives.
For further information, please contact Mr. Rodolfo Gutierrez, Consumer Protection Liaison Officer at the BBS, firstname.lastname@example.org.