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AREA targets greater global influence for F-Gas and skills work

Organisation’s president sets out aims to expand its training beyond Europe, as well as its partnerships to safely introduce alternative refrigerants and tackle the illegal trade of gas

Europe should strive to increase global awareness and influence of its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions through the F-Gas regulation, the European contractors’ association AREA has said.

AREA president Marco Buoni made the comments in the organisation’s latest annual report.

This year’s publication has played up the impacts to industry from collaboration between a number of its national member organisations in order to address a range of challenges facing industry both regionally and internationally.

He said that the organisation was now in the process of expanding training programmes with its ‘Train the Trainers’ initiative that it was hoping to introduce to a wider number of countries outside the EU with the support of the UN.

Mr Buoni added that AREA would continue to work at an international level to build on its work to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

He said, “We can be proud of the joint work towards the implementation of F-Gas Regulation, the phase-down and the solution to problems which are occurring as we follow this path. We are supporting the worldwide shift to new technologies, taking advantage of the knowledge and leadership that we have in Europe.”

During the remainder of the year, Mr Buoni said that AREA would also be preparing a medium-term strategy on reforming the cooling industry within its Vision 2025 focus that will be presented to the soon to the next European Parliament.

He added, “We will attend and be involved in the MOP31 Protocol of Montreal conference, which will decide the future of the Kigali amendment in Rome in November.”

Mr Buoni also set out the most pressing ongoing challenges facing the cooling sector, which includes concerns about the current level of illegal refrigerant trade in the EU.

Tackling safety issues and ensuring sufficient training initiatives are in place to properly handle alternative refrigerants, such as products with some level of flammability, is an issue that also needs to be resolved, according to Mr Buoni.

He identified a need to play up recovery and recycling of existing refrigerant on the market, as well as programmes to improve energy efficiency as additionally vital concerns.

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