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  • eLearning

    ASHRAE and UNEP have partnered to create web-based, interactive learning courses that earn certificates for successful completion. The learning platform tracks your progress, allowing you to take courses in stages when time is available. Learning checks throughout courses prepare you for a final exam.

    These courses are available only to ASHRAE members and to those who have been provided an access code by UNEP.


    Refrigerants Literacy (SI), 4.5 PDHs

    This course offers basic understanding about refrigerants types, policies, classifications and management practices. It is aimed at non-specialists in the field, such as facility managers, policy makers, and other individuals who are involved in refrigerant issues from a non-technical perspective. It also can serve as an introduction to refrigerant basics for those new to the industry. The course is available in English, Spanish, and French languages.


    UNEP Clients

    English Version

    Spanish Version

    French Version


    ASHRAE Members

    English Version

    Spanish Version

    French Version


    Non-Members

    Courses on similar topics can be found under the Refrigerants subject in the?ASHRAE eLearning Catalog.


    Sound Management of Refrigerants (SI), 6.5 PDHs

    This course reviews best practices for key environmental issues, ASHRAE standards, and refrigerant terminology for air-conditioning and refrigeration specialists. Topics covered include principles of refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclaiming; Lubricants, their properties and applications, including compatibility issues with various refrigerants. The course embraces safe handling, service, and installation of refrigeration equipment utilizing modern refrigerants. It also provides introduction to refrigerant management programs, certification schemes and relevant policies and regulations. The course is available in English language only.


    UNEP Clients

    English Version


    ASHRAE Members

    English Version


    Non-Members

    Courses on similar topics can be found under the Refrigerants subject in the?ASHRAE eLearning Catalog.

  • Workplan

    ASHRAE and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) collaborate under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2019. ?The MOU, which replaces a Cooperation Agreement signed in 2007, enables UNEP to access industry experts in all fields relating to refrigerant development and application, air conditioning and refrigeration.? The second benefit of the collaboration is that the products produced inspire confidence and global acceptance because of their reliance on ASHRAE standards, research and other ASHRAE resources. Thirdly, ASHRAE’s presence through members, chapters and associate societies covering more than 130 nations, provides a multi-national platform, especially in developing countries, for development of locally relevant technical guidance.

    ASHRAE UNEP collaboration functions with a biennial work plan.? The 2017-18 Plan, now complete, was themed “Working Beyond High GWP Refrigerants.” The 2019-20 Plan, signed in January 2019 at the ASHRAE Winter Conference, is themed “Refrigerant Management for Developing Countries.”

    A senior coordinating team oversees execution of the work plan to ensure timely implementation and to provide follow-up as needed.

    pdf_icon.png ASHRAE UNEP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


    ASHRAE and UNEP OzonAction Sign New Work Plan

    ATLANTA -- In margins of ASHRAE Winter Conference and in the presence of members of the ASHRAE Associate Societies Alliance (AASA) representing 60+ international refrigeration and air-conditioning engineering associations from all continents, ASHRAE and UNEP-OzonAction launched their sixth biennial joint work plan.? The new plan covers works to be conducted in 2019 and 3202 under the theme of “Refrigerant Management for Developing Economies”.

    ASHRAE and UNEP-OzonAction have been engaged, since 2007, through a cooperation agreement aiming at promoting state-of-art technologies and practices that can support developing countries to move towards non-ODS and lower-GWP technologies as well as promote best practices and techniques that support eliminating emissions of refrigerants during servicing of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications.

    ASHRAE is the largest society in the world with focus and mandate on refrigeration and air-conditioning engineering sectors with 57,000 members and 211 chapters worldwide. UNEP-OzonAction Program is the custodian of the clearinghouse mandate for the Montreal Protocol with 9 active networks of ODS Officers in all developing countries.

    The new joint work plan is designed to ensure best outreach and use of products and materials jointly developed over the last few years. The ASHRAE-UNEP E-Learning courses on refrigerants knowledge and practices were jointly developed and made available to National Ozone Units (NOUs) in developing countries, now the phase of translating them into other UN languages started with launching the Spanish version of the Refrigerant Literacy Course. French will follow during first quarter of 2019 while the E-Learning program will be also converted in different formats like face-to-face workshops, webinars, briefing notes, etc. This should allow wider and better access to the knowledge by different groups and at their preferred interface.

    Another initiative just jointly launched is the Lower-GWP Innovative Award which promotes innovative design, research and practice, recognizing individuals and teams who have developed or implemented innovative technological or concepts that applies for developing countries aiming at advancing lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

    Several other products and services are included in the 2019 and 2020 joint work plan that are offered and accessible to NOUs and clients at developing countries.

    pdf_icon.png? ASHRAE UNEP-OzonAction 2019-20 Work Plan


    2017-2018 Work Plan

    2019-2020 Work Plan


    For more information contact:

    Ayman Eltalouny, OzonAction, UN Environnent Programme
    ayman.eltalouny@un.org

    W. Stephen Comstock, Manager of Business Development EMEA, ASHRAE
    comstock@ashrae.org

    UNEP Client Access: ashraeunep@ashrae.org

    ASHRAE Member Access: eLearning@ashrae.org

  • Resources

    ASHRAE UNEP Refrigerants Fact Sheet

    pdf_icon.png Update on New Refrigerants Designations and Safety Classifications


    ASHRAE Position Documents

    pdf_icon.png Ammonia as a Refrigerant (PDF)?(Updated February 2017)

    pdf_icon.png Refrigerants and their Responsible Use (PDF) (Updated June 2018)


    Refrigerants 4 Life Resources

    Webinar

    A 90-minute webinar during which experts present the overall global picture of policies, research, and trends of using refrigerants in different applications can be viewed here:

    View Webinar


    For more information contact:

    Ayman Eltalouny, OzonAction, UN Environnent Programme
    ayman.eltalouny@un.org

    W. Stephen Comstock, Manager of Business Development EMEA, ASHRAE
    comstock@ashrae.org

    UNEP Client Access: ashraeunep@ashrae.org

    ASHRAE Member Access: eLearning@ashrae.org

  • University Course

    Free Refrigerant Management for Future Engineers Course

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    ASHRAE has been chosen to distribute a university level course developed by UN Environment on Refrigerant Management for engineering students.

    There is no cost to access the course and use the course materials.? Instructors are provided with lecture notes, activity sheets, and course presentations.

    Over the last two decades UN Environment has been involved in training programs offered to field engineers and service technicians on refrigeration good practices including emissions reduction with a focus on hands-on practices.

    This new course is first of its kind by UN Environment to offer comprehensive scientific information at the academic level. Future engineers will be offered the skills required to manage refrigerants soundly, as well as, technical and policy aspects associated with the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.

    UN Environment is especially interested in encouraging instruction of the course in developing countries.

    Click the REGISTER button to request sample course materials. After your review of sample course materials and approval of use, return to the REGISTER button to download complete course materials.

    REGISTER

    For questions about the UNEP University course, contact Steve Comstock at comstock@ashrae.org

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  • News & Events

    ASHRAE, UN Environment Programme Announce Lower GWP Award Selections

    Media Contact:
    Sherri Simmons
    404-446-1660
    ssimmons@duffey.com

    ATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2019) – ASHRAE and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced the project selections for the 2019 ASHRAE-UNEP OzonAction Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Awards. The annual international award program promotes innovative design, research and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to promote lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants through refrigeration and air-conditioning applications.

    “The projects selected represent long-term, global and energy efficient solutions to lessen the impact of ozone depleting substances,” said ASHRAE Presidential Member and co-chair of the judging committee Sheila J. Hayter, P.E. “We congratulate the selected project teams and look forward to witnessing their innovative concepts set a benchmark for sustainability in developing countries.”

    The projects in each category were selected based on delivering innovative solutions to meet refrigeration and air-conditioning needs by using lower-GWP technologies. The selection criteria included:

    • Extent of need;
    • Innovative aspects in transforming conventional practices;
    • Technical replicability to developing countries; and
    • Economy feasibility to developing countries.

    “We are living at a watershed moment under the Montreal Protocol when developing countries must find long-term solutions to replace HCFC refrigerants while simultaneously minimizing climate impacts,” said James S. Curlin, Acting Head/Network and Policy Manager OzonAction and co-chair of the judging committee. “It is vital to empower the research community to identify new approaches and alternative refrigerants that work for those countries. UNEP OzonAction is proud to join with ASHRAE to recognize these winners who are proposing approaches that address the ozone, climate and energy dimensions.”

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    Now Free to ASHRAE Members: Refrigerant Training

    ?From HVAC&R Industry News, September 12, 2019

    ASHRAE and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have a dedicated web portal where jointly developed resources are available. Included are the Internet-delivered training courses “Refrigerant Literacy” and “Sound Management of Refrigerants” and a full semester university-level course on refrigerant technology. The courses are available for free access to ASHRAE members as a benefit of the ASHRAE-UNEP partnership and to enable ASHRAE members to assist in promoting the transition to lower GWP refrigerants. To assist the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (RAC) industry in developing countries, ASHRAE also makes the training freely available to UNEP’s OzonAction network of policy officers and UNEP clients, including government officials.

    ASHRAE and UNEP collaborate under a Cooperation Agreement first signed in 2007. The agreement enables UNEP to access industry experts in all fields relating to refrigerant development and application, air conditioning and refrigeration. The second benefit of the collaboration is that the products produced inspire confidence and global acceptance because of their reliance on ASHRAE standards, research and other ASHRAE resources. Thirdly, ASHRAE’s presence through members, chapters and associate societies covering more than 130 nations, provides a multi-national platform, especially in developing countries, for development of locally relevant technical guidance.

    The ASHRAE-UNEP Portal is a joint activity included in the organizations’ 2019/2020 Work Plan, the latest in a series of biennial plans agreed to by an ASHRAE and UNEP leadership team. The 2019/2020 plan is themed “Refrigerant Management for Developing Countries.” The Cooperative Agreement and current Work Plan are also in the portal.

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    Women in ASHRAE
    ASHRAE Members Share How They Built Systems, Their Careers

    August 2019

    The featured ASHRAE members are Roshini Rebecca Easow, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE; Fotouh Al-Ragom, Member ASHRAE; Angela Barreto, Associate Member ASHRAE; Ilana Koegelenberg, Associate Member ASHRAE; Katherine Hammack, Fellow ASHRAE; Sheila Hayter, P.E., Presidential Member/Fellow ASHRAE; Julia Keen, Ph.D., P.E., BEAP, HBDP, Fellow ASHRAE; and Sarah Maston, P.E., BCXP, Member ASHRAE.

    Eight ASHRAE members shared their successes, challenges and lessons learned in a UN Environment publication, "Women in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry: Personal Experiences and Achievements." From being the first female president of a Region-at-Large ASHRAE chapter to starting her own firm, the members discuss how they demonstrated their potential and have created results in a male-dominated technical field. The publication highlights 107 female refrigeration and air-conditioning professionals from 50 countries.

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    Lessons Learned from Piloting of Refrigerant Driving License

    June 2019

    Panelists present perspectives on the first phase pilot for the Refrigerant Driving License
    held in six countries.

    AHRI and United Nations Environment have announced the completion of the first phase of a pilot in six countries for the industry’s Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) technician qualification program.? “Important lessons are being learned that allow us to meet the needs for a global roll out after more pilots are completed,” said Jim Walters, AHRI’s vice president of international affairs.? “Some confirmed what we expected, but we also became aware of areas where further exploration is required in order to meet the RDL’s global objectives.”

    The RDL is an international program led by AHRI and United Nations Environment-OzonAction with the support of key HVAC&R industry associations, including ASHRAE, ABRAVA, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, EPEE, AREA, JRAIA, ACAIRE and Refrigerant Australia.

    An industry-led qualification program, the RDL offers a benchmarking tool for safe and sound handling of refrigerants by technicians, taking into account the dynamics associated with the industry passing through a period of global policies and commitments especially in relation to the Montreal Protocol. The RDL program is supported by the Multi-Lateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol through UNEP-OzonAction.

    In the margins of the 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held in Rome, AHRI announced that Grenada, the Maldives, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago were pioneers in piloting the RDL program.? National OzonAction Units from the pilot countries provided feedback. They highlighted the necessity of training AC technicians especially because of the move, under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, to alternative refrigerants that can be flammable or toxic.

    The RDL is targeted for experienced technicians to become qualified to properly handle these alternative refrigerants during a three-day program.? The first two days are dedicated to training (both theoretical and practical), while the third day is the theoretical exam and the practical assessment.?

    The RDL program’s aim is to help prepare A5 countries for a smooth transition to the new refrigerants, increasing the safety of practitioners and consumers, promoting cost effective services across the HVAC&R supply chain network, and reducing ozone depleting substances (ODS), as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    AHRI, UNEP and the supporting groups are using the lessons learned from the first pilots to evaluate processes that will result in an acceptable qualification program that can be used by different institutions, such as government, industry, or institutes, to develop minimum requirements for the proper and safe management of refrigerants in equipment. “The pilot program enables us to engage the industry before the RDL is launched,” said Walters.? “That will create momentum, improve the technical documentation, and establish the final RDL operating scheme.”’

    Among the lessons learned was recognizing that while English may be one of a country’s official languages, technicians in the field may speak a variety of languages, which complicates the decision of which language the exam should be in.? Others were to continue to explore the possibility of policy drivers and incentives for technicians to seek out the RDL qualification in their specific countries, mixtures of SI and Imperial units, how to ensure technicians remember RDL training once alternative refrigerants are available, and how the administrating organization will be funded.

    A second round of pilot trainings are planned for early 2020.


    UNEP, ASHRAE Recognize First World Refrigeration Day

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    LONDON/PARIS/ATLANTA – To recognize the vital contributions of air conditioning and refrigeration to modern life, organizations worldwide celebrated World Refrigeration Day on 26 June. Together, these organizations represent an estimated 1 to 2 million government officials, engineers, scientists, technicians and plant operators.?

    ASHRAE and the United Nations Environment Programme worked with the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat to provide information and tools that bring awareness to the benefits of new technologies and which promote the safe and responsible use of refrigerants, the life blood of all cooling systems.

    “World Refrigeration Day raises awareness of the important contribution that refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life – from medical, to food supply and farming, process engineering to data and IT,” said Stephen Gill, the chair of World Refrigeration Day Secretariat.

    In recent years, the air-conditioning and refrigerating industry has made significant strides to prevent further damage to the Earth’s protective stratospheric ozone layer, which protects human health and the environment, and to reduce energy consumption.? “The Montreal Protocol is successfully protecting our global commons – both the ozone layer and our climate – and refrigerants are at the very heart of this treaty,” said Jim Curlin, Acting Head of UN Environment OzonAction.

    “Correct management of refrigerants is the responsibility of all appliance owners, sellers, and technicians,” said Sheila Hayter, president of ASHRAE. “Managing refrigerants responsibly means selecting low global warming potential refrigerants for new systems, using certified companies and individuals to ensure safe use of refrigerants, and promoting recovery, reuse, reclamation of refrigerants.

    ASHRAE, UNEP and WRD Secretariat developed tools to celebrate #Refrigerants4Life can be found at www.worldrefrigerationday.org.?


    For more information contact:

    Ayman Eltalouny, OzonAction, UN Environnent Programme
    ayman.eltalouny@un.org

    W. Stephen Comstock, Manager of Business Development EMEA, ASHRAE
    comstock@ashrae.org

    UNEP Client Access: ashraeunep@ashrae.org

    ASHRAE Member Access: eLearning@ashrae.org

  • Lower GWP Award

    A joint ASHRAE and UN Environment award promotes innovative design, research and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigeration and air-conditioning management. The entry period for 2020 award submissions will be announced soon.? To be added to a list to receive 2020 award information when it becomes available, please contact:? ashraeunep@ashrae.org.

    Information and submission details:

    Learn More


    For more information contact:

    Ayman Eltalouny, OzonAction, UN Environment Programme
    ayman.eltalouny@un.org

    W. Stephen Comstock, Manager of Business Development EMEA, ASHRAE
    comstock@ashrae.org

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