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AREA issues contractors' guide on low GWP refrigerants

AREA, the European Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump Contractors association, has issued a position on low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants.

It aims to provide guidance on the use of low GWP refrigerants in refrigeration and air conditioning installations, and on the basic competences that contractors dealing with such refrigerants should have.

Marco Buoni, Vice-President of AREA and chair of the working group responsible for the position, explained: “Environmental impact obviously forms an important part of the choice of the most appropriate refrigerant but it is not the ultimate criterion.

“First, refrigerant’s GWP can only be achieved with a leak into the atmosphere and regulations such as F-Gas are positively addressing this issue through better training and regular system checks. Second, energy efficiency, safety, cost to the user are also essential elements to be considered.

“At the 14th EU Conference on Refrigeration & Air Conditioning recently held in Milan, many speakers pointed out that end-users must comply with and fulfil more and more requirements. Contractors, who represent a unique link between manufacturers and end-users, are best-placed to provide expert and unbiased advice.”

The guidance provided by the AREA position stems from the experience of European contractors in dealing with the various types of low GWP refrigerants. The refrigeration and air conditioning industry being highly innovative, AREA guidance is to evolve as new developments appear.

To view the full AREA document please see attachment

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