The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute has signed an agreement with Mexico’s electrical standards development agency to advance international standards.

The aim of the agreement is to align Mexico’s HVACR standards with ARI’s standards. According to the ARI, similar agreements have been signed with China and Korea.

“Ultimately, more harmonized standards will improve efficiency of HVACR equipment and will facilitate the free flow of international trade,” said Deborah Hawkins, chairwoman of ARI. “With this document as the basis, our two organizations can work to promote communication and increase information exchange. We can avoid duplication of effort and thus save money, increase efficiency and enhance productivity.”

The plan also seeks to promote the development of standards, support relevant certification programs, and encourage continued communication between the ARI and Mexico officials.

The full agreement can be viewed online at www.ari.org.