In the six years since the first future:gas refrigerant roadshow took place, there have been changes of government on both sides of the Tasman, escalating uptake of electrified vehicles and unprecedented use of the word ‘unprecedented’ caused by a seemingly relentless barrage of plague, fire and flood. While all that has been going on, a lot of change has emerged in the world of refrigerants. So it’s time for another future:gas.
Refrigerants are still changing, with some of the changes discussed in previous future:gas seminars happening faster than expected and some slower. There are also some unexpected developments and curveballs in the mix.
Everyone in the industry needs to be aware of what is happening in the market, what the laws are and how they could be changing. For this reason, the 2023 future:gas roadshows will assemble expert speakers to discuss and explain the latest on the recovery and handling of new refrigerants, the laws that will influence each part of the industry and what this will mean for the day-to-day life of those in the business of handling refrigerants.
Proposed seminar locations (subject to change)
The roadshow is planned to run between July and September 2023
Auckland NZ (late July)
For example, the obituary has been written for R134a, so we all need to understand what that means for us.
In addition, more alternative refrigerants and technologies are on the horizon as the global automotive industry grapples with the technical challenge of simultaneously keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and every component of an electrified drivetrain at optimum operating temperature while achieving maximum energy efficiency – preferably with a one-size-fits-all solution that can work in any climate in order to achieve economies of scale. This might not be R1234yf and almost definitely will not be R744.
All this, against a backdrop of new governments with different agendas, mounting pressure to act fast on climate change, the advent of mandatory repair information sharing between car manufacturers and independent repairers, accelerating momentum toward the deletion of internal combustion engines from an increasing number of global car brands, and supply chains that have been disrupted and re-shaped due to pandemics, war, drought, floods and much more.
Suffice to say, next winter’s future:gas roadshow will be a must-see. Stay tuned for more details about confirmed locations, speakers and seminar topics.
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