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Rod Cumming, ARC (Australian Refrigeration Council)

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Leading experts will discuss the current and future natural refrigerants-based training opportunities and experiences they gained in terms of safety in Australia & New Zealand.

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Rod Cumming, ARC (Australian Refrigeration Council)

  1. 1. FRIDGIES OF THE FUTURE Australian Refrigeration Council
  2. 2. Where are our fridgies at? • The shift to new technologies / refrigerants is happening NOW • Speed influenced by: • Technology takers • Existing, established markets ( Supermarket, Domestic sector) • Environmental driver not as strong: end-use licensing (and destruction) which limits emissions has been in place for over 15 years • Government commitment (HFC Phase down now in its first year) • Rate at which industry adopts the current changes relies on the information and available training getting to the people that need it the most
  3. 3. What are the challenges for fridgies? • We have been here before (who remembers the 90’s?) • Different this time • More complexity due to: • Different types of alternatives (Co2, Ammonia, Hydrocarbons) • High operating pressures • WHS-related issues are being addressed • Standards Australia input • Uncertainty amongst many fridgies regarding industry direction within system applications
  4. 4. Other factors • Training is often cited as the challenge in adoption of new technologies • Reality is more complicated. • Course development – funding – supply and demand issues • Required plant and equipment for training an issue • Upskilling of current trainers • Technician quality – no requirement for licensing (and therefore qualification) of technicians using ‘new’ refrigerant types – potential for lower standards • Short term issues - such as the transition from one refrigerant type to another in the same equipment. What issues does that present for fridgies?
  5. 5. Looking forward • Industry needs to support this transition openly • Critical that fridgies keep pace with these changes • Born of industry demand, the ARC Green Scheme Accreditation program provides a pathway for fridgies of the future to upskill • Providing some certainty and a level playing field in the current open market • Support from mainstream climate control industry, together with the need for improved safety has been the genesis of the ARC Green Scheme • The new accreditation scheme will add value to the industry
  6. 6. Looking forward
  7. 7. Cont. Refrigerant Type Required RHL Accreditation Code Accreditation Title Required Unit of Competency Hydrocarbons • Any Stationary HC-SE-RS Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Safety UEENEEJ174A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for hydrocarbon refrigerants • RAC01 - Full RAC • RDR04 - Restricted Domestic HC-SE-SR Hydrocarbon System Service and Repair UEENEEJ175A Service and repair self-contained hydrocarbon air conditioning and refrigeration systems • RAC01 - Full RAC HC-SE-IC Hydrocarbon System Install and Commission UEENEEJ176A Install and commission hydrocarbon refrigeration systems, components and associated equipment Carbon Dioxide • Any Stationary CD-SE-RS Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant Safety UEENEEJ184A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant • RAC01 - Full RAC • RDR04 - Restricted Domestic CD-SE-SC Carbon Dioxide Self-Contained System Service and Repair UEENEEJ188A Repair and service self-contained carbon dioxide refrigeration and heat pump systems • RAC01 - Full RAC CD-SE-SR Carbon Dioxide System Service and Repair UEENEEJ185A Repair and service carbon dioxide refrigeration systems • RAC01 - Full RAC CD-SE-IC Carbon Dioxide System Install and Commission UEENEEJ186A Install and commission carbon dioxide refrigeration systems, components and associated equipment Ammonia Any Stationary AM-SE-RS Ammonia Refrigerant Safety UEENEEJ178A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant Existing Ammonia Plant Operators Employer letter? AM-SE-SO Ammonia System Operator UEENEEJ196A Operate Ammonia Refrigeration Plant (AIRAH) • RAC01 - Full RAC AM-SE-SR Ammonia System Service and Repair UEENEEJ179A Repair and service ammonia refrigeration systems Repair and service ammonia refrigeration systems • RAC01 - Full RAC AM-SE-IC Ammonia System Install and Commission UEENEEJ180A Install and commission ammonia refrigeration systems, components and associated equipment Class A2 Refrigerants (R32, R1234yf) Any Stationary A2-SE-RH Class A2 Refrigerants Handling UEERA3024A Handle A2 Flammable Refrigerants (drafted, but not approved)
  8. 8. What’s next? • Both government and business have a role to play with the transition • Licensing and accreditation are efficient and effective vehicles to achieve various political imperatives such as environmental, consumer protection and safety objectives • The great benefit of accreditation or licensing is that it delivers high quality outcomes for fridgies of the future through a higher skilled industry • Accreditation provides confidence to contractors moving into new business areas using low GWP refrigerants that their fridgies are suitably qualified • ARC Green Scheme Accreditation is ARC’s way of supporting industry • Our “Fridgies of the Future” will be the direct result of what we decide today

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