AREA, the European Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pumps Contractors organisation, has published a free guide to help cooling engineers understand which equipment they should use to service refrigeration plants containing flammable, low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants.
The guide covers the A2L (lower flammability) and A3 (higher flammability) refrigerants, which are alternative to HFCs, which are being phased out because of the EU F-Gas regulations. In future, it is likely that high GWP refrigerants will be phased out internationally.
As a result, AREA produced its free guide to help engineers and service technicians understand the right tools and equipment to use when installing, maintaining and repairing cooling equipment which use flammable, low GWP refrigerants.
The new guide complements AREA's recent publication 'Guidance on minimum requirements for contractors’ training & certification', which focuses on competencies.
Marco Buoni, AREA Vice President said:
“Low GWP refrigerants will already be more widely used from this summer. It is part of AREA’s role to advise and assist service technicians both in Europe and worldwide so that they can handle these new systems safely.”