Moving towards low GWP refrigerants


10 March 2022

More than 370 participants joined the live REAL Alternatives webinar, Refrigerant emissions alternatives and leakage - blended learning for low GWP refrigerants, for three hours of presentations with simultaneous translation in six languages and 13 speakers.

The presentations provided a valuable overview of the current situation of alternative refrigerants with low GWP and how the REAL Alternatives project, now with 20 member countries, can support companies, technicians and associations in the transition towards new systems and safety while respecting the environment.

In addition to the experiences reported by the representatives of the many associations involved, the event also included two top-level technical presentations, based directly on the courses, by Marino Bassi (Italy), Good practice for flammable refrigerants, and Kıvanç Aslantaş (Turkey), Good practice for carbon dioxide.

The event was presented in English and simultaneously translated into five European languages.

The REAL Alternatives Consortium’s aim is that the success of this event will lead to additional countries joining.

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Further information on this is available on the project’s website or by contacting REAL Alternatives ambassador, Marco Buoni (ATF secretary general and AREA president) at [email protected] 

The full list of speakers and presentations was as follows:

The importance of training and certification
Didier Coulomb | IIF-IIR, director general
Greetings and experiences from the stakeholders
Blanca Gómez, CNI Spain – Liana Ghahramanyan, Shirakatsy Lyceum Armenia – Gratiela Tarlea, AGFR Romania – Stepan Stojanov, SCHKT Czech Republic – Peter Tomlein, SZCHKT Slovak Republic
Benefits from training in flammable refrigerants
Gabriela Biernat | IGLOO, sales specialist – certified by Prozon Foundation
Evolution of REAL Alternatives
Graeme Maidment| London South Bank University, professor
The REAL Alternatives e-learning experience
Miriam Rodway | IOR, chief executive officer
Good practices for flammable refrigerants (excerpt from the training)
Marino Bassi | CSG & ATF, expert trainer
Good practices for carbon dioxide (excerpt from the training)
Kıvanç Aslantaş | SOSIAD, expert trainer
Wrap-up and Q/A session
Moderato da Marco Buoni | AREA, president – ATF, secretary general – CSG, chief executive officer – RA4LIFE, ambassador

A recording of the webinar is available here.