Free alternative refrigerant training


12 February 2019
The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project's alternative refrigerants e-learning platform is now live in 15 languages.

The free tool focuses on safety, efficiency, reliability and containment of low GWP alternative refrigerants – carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbon and low flammables (HFOs and R32).
It gives access to 9 learning modules, covering:

  • Introduction to alternative refrigerants - safety, efficiency, reliability and good practice demonstrations
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • System design using alternative refrigerants 
  • Containment and leak detection of alternative refrigerants
  • Maintenance and repair of alternative refrigerant systems
  • Retrofitting existing systems
  • Checklist of legal obligations when working with alternative refrigerants
  • Measuring the financial and environmental impact of leakage
  • Tools and guidance for conducting site survey

The platform has been updated to include demonstration videos covering both flammables and carbon dioxide principles.

To support the e-learning programme, the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE team is organising train the trainer events from March to June 2019 across Europe. With a focus on flammables and carbon dioxide, these events will provide trainers with a practical introduction to the programme which includes assessments and certification, as well as information about how to set up and market training events. It is hoped this will lead to a network of over 100 licenced training providers in alternative refrigerants throughout Europe.
The project is supported by national leads in 12 European countries: Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland, UK, Romania, Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Slovakia and Czech Republic. For more information on becoming a trainer, visit to contact national leads. 
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