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Real Skills Europe launches leakage reduction e-learning

A new e-learning programme for leakage reduction in the refrigeration industry has been launched entitled REAL Skills Europe.

It’s based on the Institute of Refrigeration’s REAL Zero initiative, and is the culmination of a two year EU funded project, drawing on material from Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, Estonia and Greece as well as UK expertise on measuring and minimising refrigerant leakage.

As part of the launch the e-learning, which is CPD certified in the UK by the Institute, will be free for the first two months.

REAL Skills Europe offers a complete methodology for proactive leakage reduction and developing more effective refrigerant management strategies which will save equipment owners money.

It is based around an e-learning package which integrates guidance notes for technicians, video clips, diagrams and supporting information such as references to standards, legislation and F Gas support documentation.

Many of the guidance notes and Excel calculators are also available as downloads which can be used by those who aren’t following the complete elearning package. 

Providing the material as an e-learning programme encourages independent self study, at a time when contractors may have used up all of their limited training budgets and time on F Gas training or alternative refrigerant awareness. The package is free to register for  until September 2011 when a fee of 100 Euros will be applied so anyone who might be interested is being encouraged to sign up now at www.realskillseurope.eu/training.

The Institute of Refrigeration’s Sustainability Project Manager, David Cowan, says that the launch this July is only the first stage in the roll out of the project.

The IOR, which has been coordinating the European project, is already talking to a number of UK training providers about the possibility of one day REAL Skills courses based on this material across the country.  David comments “A few years ago the IOR’s REAL Zero project opened a dialogue and raised awareness of the issue of refrigerant leakage.

REAL Skills Europe is now taking this forward to ensure that leakage reduction becomes part of our everyday business, and the UK is taking a lead in making this happen.”

At a launch of the English version of the programme in London on 4th July Paul Hill of UK supermarket Morrisons was able to demonstrate how integrating this approach into their businesses had helped them to achieve measurable refrigerant use reductions.  ”We found that REAL Zero addressed our requirements to have a structured approach to leakage reduction, and with our internal leakage engineers REAL Zero qualified, the team are now operating with a unified approach”.

In concluding, Professor Graeme Maidment of London South Bank University, Chairman of the project steering group commented on the important role REAL SKILLS EUROPE is playing in helping to address the challenges of reducing carbon emissions across the whole sector.

To find out more about the project see www.realskillseurope.eu

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