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NEW EUROPEAN “REAL ALTERNATIVES” PROGRAMME ADDRESSES SKILLS SHORTAGES OVER LOW GWP REFRIGERANTS

NEW EUROPEAN “REAL ALTERNATIVES” PROGRAMME ADDRESSES SKILLS SHORTAGES OVER LOW GWP REFRIGERANTS

30.03.2014

REAL Alternatives is a new initiative to address skills shortages regarding low-GWP refrigerants (CO2, ammonia, hydrocarbon and HFO refrigerants), focusing on improving knowledge in the service and maintenance of these refrigerants in new systems from the point of view of safety, efficiency, reliability and containment.

REAL Alternatives will also build on the established RealZero and Real Skills Europe containment approaches.

The programme involving, among others the British IoR (Institute of Refrigeration), the Italian ATF (Associazione dei Tecnici del freddo italiani e dei Frigoristi del condizionamento e della refrigerazione) and AREA (European organisation for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors), will bring together industry knowledge and expertise from across Europe.

Stakeholders drawn from employers, manufacturers, trade associations and professional institutes will also have an essential role in contributing learning material, advising on content, helping to pilot and promote the programme as it is developed.