Three leading international HVACR organisations have announced the formation of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative.
The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Insititute (AHRI) and the Brazilian Association for HVAC-R (ABRAVA) announced the formation at the UN Climate Summit last week.
The purpose of the Initiative is to identify opportunities to educate those in the industry on ways to improve management of refrigerants, as well as reduce leaks and service emissions. This emphasis on management of refrigerants and reducing leaks during equipment service, is due to the fact that refrigerant leakage during equipment service is the largest source of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions in the world.
The Initiative will also promote proper recycling, disposal and/or destruction of refrigerants, as well as developing policies to promote proper refrigerant management. The Initiative will also work with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) partners (some of them are participants in the Initiative) to develop and implement programs to reduce HFC emissions in the public and private sector.
Australian organisations: Refrigerants Australia and AREMA are participating in the Initiative, as are HVACR organisations in Colombia, Mexico, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, the European Union and the United States.