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AREA to detail five-year cooling strategy this week

European cooling body will detail some of its key medium-term priorities up to 2025 alongside plans for how it will look to address these pressing challenges

AREA will this week set out its Vision 2025 strategy that will take a medium-term view of key challenges informing the organisation’s work.

An official launch of the plan will take place in Brussels on 10 October, with organisers expecting to introduce an overarching framework of key work for the next five years.

Organisers have said that exact details of the strategy will not be shared until the official launch, although Vision 2025 is also expected to reflect emerging opportunities for the cooling sector.

AREA said, “The cooling sector is vital for modern life: it is necessary to preserve the quality of our food and medicines, it provides indoor air comfort and is necessary to maintain data-centres running and industrial processes. The industry is evolving quickly and faces a series of challenges with rapid digitalisation, need for qualified personnel and climate change adaptation.”

In recent months, AREA has undertaken a number of commitments that include trying to expand the industry’s appeal to women and improve gender diversity at all levels of the industry including at board level and in top management. The organisation has also identified aims to recruit a larger number of refrigeration technicians.

The group has also partnered with ASERCOM, EFCTC and EPEE to publish revised guidance to help industry better distinguish safe and legal sources of refrigerant from black market products.

The leaflet warns that the phase down of HFCs under F-Gas regulation has increased cost pressures for individuals and organisations that still rely on products with higher GWP. This has made the need to identify illegal refrigerant products that flout F-Gas quota restrictions even greater.

Ensuring compliance with F-Gas standards and the challenges posed by the trade of counterfeit refrigerant across the EU will be a major focus of the RAC Magazine F-Gas Question Time event taking place at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London on October 9.

Those interested in attending the free event, which concludes with a complimentary buffet lunch and networking, can still register by emailing Oliver.Sumner’@’emap.com.

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