New president pledges to improve global cooperation on major issues facing industry; identifies key challenges in ensuring technical competence for a new wave of refrigerants
Marco Buoni has been elected as the president of the European contractors’ association AREA as part of the latest range of changes to the organisation.
Mr Buoni was unanimously chosen for the role during the AREA Spring General Assembly meeting in Vienna, where he set out his ambitions for European initiatives focused on cleaner cooling and refrigeration to serve as a template for wider global programmes.
The new AREA president also used his opening speech to outline the ongoing challenges facing the industry. these included safety and training issues that need to be addressed for the safe and effective adoption of a new range of alternative refrigerants.
The potential switch to lower GWP flammable refrigerant was viewed as providing a number of new challenges that industry needs to be overcome in meeting the requirements of EU F-Gas regulation that has introduced strict quotas on the availability of key gasses on the market.
Improved understanding of the need for greater recovery and recycling of gas, embracing new standards, and working to ensure greater energy efficiency and technical competence across the cooling and refrigeration industry were also highlighted as pressing needs by Mr Buoni.
Mr Buoni also used his speech to highlight the importance of a European cooling network such as AREA that brings together national expertise.
He said, “We have seen the growing importance of our association and of our national associations, the AREA members. We are stronger united.”
Mr Buoni added that greater efforts were now needed to improve international collaboration on key issues facing industry.
“We should also strive for global acceptance of what we have achieved and its successful operation in Europe.”
The new president received unanimous backing to take over the role from Per Jonasson during the assembly meeting, which brought together 22 different national associations and some 40 delegates.
In terms of organisational changes, Grzegorz Michalski and Gerhard Neuhauser were appointed to the AREA Board. Existing members Coen van der Sande and Wolfgang Zaremski meanwhile stepped down from their roles.