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AHRI and UN partner on global alternative refrigerant drive

Refrigerant driving license (RDL) initiative has seen pilot projects held in Kigali, Rwanda, to begin support developing nations in handling and managing move from HFCs.

A joint global initiative between the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the UN Environment Programme has launched to support a range of developing nations to move to alternative refrigerants.

The first round of training for the refrigerant driving license (RDL) initiative was held in Kigali, Rwanda, in order to build up expertise for training individuals around the world in bracing for a phase-out of HFC products, as required under the Montreal Protocol.

AHRI president Stephen Yurek said the organization had partnered with the UN to take a more global perspective on ensuring industry capability was sufficient to look at more environment-friendly alternatives to cooling. The scope of the RDL is intended to set out requirements on meeting the minimum requirements for best practice in handling refrigerants in a range of cooling functions.

Grenada, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Suriname, as well as Trinidad and Tobago will be participating in similar pilot programs over the next few months to try and further ensure sufficient skills are in place to handle new forms of refrigerants in their respective countries.

Evaluations of the pilot projects will then be used by the AHRI and the UN to determine the future RDL training programs around the world.

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