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Which world region do you expect to experience the fastest growth in natural refrigerant adoption in the next 10 years?

51%

Europe

5%

North America

41% Asia

1%

Australia & New Zealand

2%

Latin America

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. 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

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to provide online and in-person training on low-GWP refrigerants. The programme, which 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, AREA and its other industry partners believe they have the potential to “reach 228,0000 employers, 26,000 RACHP installation businesses and 100 suppliers across Europe,” Buoni says. Volker Stamer, director of BITZER’s SCHAUFLER Academy, argued that online training was no substitute for live training sessions. The academy, which provides in-person training on compressor and system technology for CO 2 , ammonia and

hydrocarbons, has “had 3,800 visitors in the first year – 80% of them are from outside Germany,” Stamer said. Stamer nonetheless noted that this training was no substitute for vocational refrigeration and air-conditioning schools. “On the path to natural refrigerants we need training,” he said.

Innovation in the transport arena Another sli.do poll asked attendees, ‘Which sector still needs more pressure or support from the policy side to quickly move towards NatRefs in Europe?’. Most (51%) opted for room air conditioning (see Accelerate Europe #8 for more on natural refrigerants in room air conditioning in Europe), along with mobile air conditioning (MAC) at 24%. Martin Hasnik is a project manager for technology management and

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