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Yet again, the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry is undergoing substantial change, with current refrigerants being replaced by new low and ultra-low GWP products, which are being developed with and adopted by global equipment manufacturers.

The new refrigerants and the equipment designed for them will present significant changes to the tools, working practices, component standards and safety considerations relating to installation, repair, service and refrigerant recovery.

This year, tens of millions of new systems will be produced around the world that are designed for new low global warming potential HFO, CO2, NH3HC and lower GWP HFC refrigerants such as R32. In the near future it is expected that every new piece of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment sold in Australia will use one of these refrigerants.

Refrigerants Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association and the Australian Refrigeration Council have partnered to deliver a roadshow of educational seminars across Australia to help businesses and technicians in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry prepare for these changes.

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Meet the experts

Greg Picker
(Refrigerants Australia)
Why existing refrigerants are being phased down and why supplies will remain for servicing older equipment.
John McCormack
(Sythree/Chemours)
Kylie Farrelley
(Arkema)
Introduction to HFO refrigerants and lower GWP HFCs such as R32, including a comparison with the products they are replacing.
Mark Padwick
(Sanden)
Rene Le Miere
(Bitzer)
Introduction to CO2, NH3 and HC refrigerants plus their handling characteristics.
Kevin O’Shea
(Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association)
Overview of the tools, working practices and equipment standards from a contractor’s perspective.
Michael Bennett
(Refrigerant Reclaim Australia)
Master of Ceremonies, providing an introduction to how RRA helps keep our industry clean.

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Seminar locations and schedule

Below is a list of confirmed future:gas refrigerant seminar locations and dates. Please click the links to view venue details, including a Google map link.

Newcastle NSW Monday June 19 Adelaide SA Tuesday August 1
Sydney NSW Tuesday June 20 Perth WA: Wednesday August 2
Canberra ACT Thursday June 22 Darwin NT Thursday August 3
Townsville QLD Tuesday July 18 Melbourne VIC Tuesday September 5
Brisbane QLD Wednesday July 19 Hobart TAS Wednesday September 6
Rockhampton QLD Thursday July 20 Albury NSW Thursday September 7

At each event, doors will open at 5pm and close at 9pm in the time zone of that location, with future:gas seminars taking place between 6pm and 8pm. Each seminar will have two Q&A sessions and a half-time break. Before and after the seminars will be opportunities to interact with future:gas trade displays run by equipment suppliers and industry associations.

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