Great to have your support on this - sounds like you've fully grasped what this is all about: raising awareness to let people understand how crucial our industry is to modern life.
Completely agree with Simon Walker. I believe the sector missed an opportunity when some quarters lobbied against my proposal to do this during the review process. Not seeing the big picture has cost our sector dearly.
Ironically some manufacturers may have to start supplying without any precharge because they cannot get any quota soon...!
This initiative came out of the meeting I attended in New York last January - the first "Global Supply Chain Conference" - I think you saw my blog on it at the time?
Although this story is billing it as AHRI with UNEP, it is indeed a global alliance behind it, one of the associations I hope you'll be pleased to hear is AREA. I even gave up time during my Florioda holiday early this summer to meet the AHRI Deputy CEO to discuss how we proceed. That was followed up with a meeting with their CEO who came to London to meet me, and then the first alliance meeting as a whole which was held in Paris. Hopefully this will ease your mind a little.
The licence itself will not replace what we have or duplicate in any way. It is aimed at the third world and developing countries where no trade associations exist, standards are limited, and we are effectively foisting onto them the use of "mildly flammable" gases - and you know my feelings on that one! Early days yet, but it is envisaged that our F Gas qualification, for example, would already qualify as the level of competence for this will have to be set lower.
Comment on: Tony MacWhirter, chief executive of MacWhirter group and cooling pioneer, dies after battle with cancer
It was very sad to hear of Tony's passing. He was a great friend and colleague over many years at HVCA and B&ES committees - an inspiration as an engineer and an industry champion. He was instrumental in driving the creation of Refcom and pushing forward the uptake of ACRIB cards - both essential elements of our industry as we know it today.
He'll be sadly missed at committee meetings.
That is very sad news Andrew. I'm proud to have known Eddie as a friend and as a colleague for some years - a testament to the man that he kept so actively involved in everything work and industry related despite his illness - and always with a smile on his face.
He'll be sadly missed.