Natural Refrigerants Stakeholders' input needed for UNEP chiller workshop!

By Sabine Lobnig, Jun 29, 2010, 12:49 2 minute reading

From 30 September to 1 October 2010, UNEP and ASHRAE will be organising the conference “Road to Climate Friendly Chillers” in Cairo, Egypt. UNEP strongly encourages the community to participate in that crucial event and express their views about viable natural refrigerants alternatives to CFC and HCFC chillers. If you are interested to give input, send us your contact details today.

“Road to Climate Friendly Chillers: Moving Beyond CFCs and HCFCs”is the theme of the international conference organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Cairo, Egypt, from 30 September to 1 October 2010. The conference is held back-to-back with the Annual Chapters Meetings of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which will be attended by an estimated 200 international experts representing 22 ASHRAE chapters from the European, African, Middle East, and South Asian regions.

The conference is part of the Multilateral Fund project “Global technical assistance programme in the chiller sector”, which aims to present to Article 5 countries under the Montreal Protocol1 available financial and technological options in the chillers sub-sector to phase-out ozone depleting substances, including HCFCs.

Natural refrigerant stakeholders speak up!

Special emphasis will be put on defining means to encourage and assist chiller owners, building managers and other end-users in developing countries to undertake activities such as replacing old chillers and investing into natural refrigerant chillers that use ammonia, CO2 or hydrocarbons, that result in environmental and economic benefits.

The main objective of the “Road to Climate Friendly Chillers” conference is to enhance the practical knowledge on state-of-the-art alternatives to CFCs and HCFCs, communicate achieved successes and lessons learnt from the implementation of chiller demonstration projects in various regions, and to explore ways to stimulate replication of these activities throughout the world.

Although the official call for papers has been closed, UNEP is still looking for stakeholders in and manufacturers of natural refrigerant chillers to attend the meeting, and present the environmental virtue of natural refrigerants combined with their superior energy efficiency and resulting economic benefits. Any other input in written form is also encouraged to ensure a balanced view of available replacement options to ozone-depleting and high global warming refrigerants.

If you are interested in adding your view to the debate, and would like to get more information about the Chiller Workshop in Cairo, please contact us at, or leave a comment below this article.

1  Definition of Article 5 Countries

Any Party that is a developing country and whose annual calculated level of consumption of the controlled substances in Annex A is less than 0.3 kilograms per capita.

Article 5 countries are allowed to delay implementation of control provisions and may receive assistance under the Multilateral Fund. Currently over 120 countries hold Article 5 status.


By Sabine Lobnig

Jun 29, 2010, 12:49

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