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market in the period 2009 -2012). The anticipated shortage has already led to price hikes for the most commonly used HFCs, such as R404A and R407.

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Arno Kaschl from the European Commission’s climate action department told ATMOsphere Europe that, “ the price signal is clearly there. Prices of HFCs are rising quite a lot”. These price hikes will mean that some manufacturers and end users could find themselves under even greater pressure to reduce their consumption of HFCs. Amid such pressure to reduce HFCs and embrace low-GWP alternatives, training will need to become a priority. Speaking in Berlin, Marco Buoni, vice -president of AREA (the European Association of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Contractors), highlighted the need to upskill the industry to use natural refrigerant- based equipment in order to meet the HFC phase - down objectives of the EU F-Gas Regulation.

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Buoni said: “Half a million are certified for f-gases; those people need to be trained and upskilled for alternative refrigerants.” AREA is a partner in ‘Real Alternatives for LIFE: Refrigerant Emissions Alternatives and Leakage’, an EU-funded project to provide online and in-person training on low-GWP refrigerants. T he programme , whic h began as an online project translated into 13 languages, will now run study visits (in five training centres in Belgium, Germany, the UK , Poland and Italy) and ‘ train the trainer’ events (in five stakeholder locations, with 20 people at each). Through online and in-person training, ARE A and its other industr y par tners believe they have the potential to “rea c h 2 2 8 , 0 0 0 0 e m p l oye r s , 26 , 0 0 0 RACHP installation businesses and 100 suppliers across Europe,” Buoni says. Volke r S tame r, dire c to r of BIT ZER’s S C H A U F L E R A c a d e my, a r g u e d t h a t online training was no substitute for live training sessions. The academy, which provides in - person training on compressor and system technology for

Summer 2018 // Accelerate Australia & NZ

1 / Eric Delforge, Mayekawa 2 / Jonas Schönenberger, Frigo-Consulting

For us, natural refrigerants are a no-brainer for industrial.

– Eric Delforge, Mayekawa

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Accelerate Australia & NZ #8 Summer 2018  

DRAKES: PIONEERING CO2 IN AUSTRALIA Facing some of the highest energy costs in the world in its South Australia home, Drakes Supermarkets –...

Accelerate Australia & NZ #8 Summer 2018  

DRAKES: PIONEERING CO2 IN AUSTRALIA Facing some of the highest energy costs in the world in its South Australia home, Drakes Supermarkets –...

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