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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 and Spanish languages.


    UNEP Clients

    English Version

    Spanish Version


    ASHRAE Members

    English Version

    Spanish 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 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.

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

    The 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.”

    pdf_icon.png ASHRAE UNEP Cooperation Agreement


    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

    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. 


    Symposium Addresses Lower-GWP Alternatives in High Ambient Temperature Countries

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    ASHRAE Member Gary Phetteplace described ASHRAE’s new District Cooling Design Guide and companion Owner’s Guide as a solution to address cooling challenges in High Ambient Temperature climates.

    ATLANTA – ASHRAE, UN Environment, UNIDO and AHRI organized a symposium at the AHR Exposition in January 2019 to advance lower GWP alternatives in High Ambient Temperature Countries.  The High Ambient Temperature (HAT) countries have unique characteristics when it comes to the cooling needs due to the harsher climatic conditions.  These conditions are connected to suitability of alternative refrigerants that can work in HAT conditions while still meet energy efficiency requirements which became critical for many countries due to the higher percentage of air-conditioning sector contribution to power demand i.e. almost 50% + in most of those countries.

    UNEP and UNIDO have been working together to assist HAT countries in the phase-out of ozone depleting substances (ODSs) including projects for the air-conditioning sectors. Over the last five years and with support from the Multilateral Fund of Montreal Protocol, both UN agencies designed and implemented several demo projects to explore and showcase opportunities of deploying lower-GWP technologies in different air-conditioning sectors with emphasis on feasibility for HAT countries. AHRI also contributes to the efforts to examine suitable alternative refrigerants for HAT operating conditions.  The AHRI Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Programme so called “AREP” included testing of lower-GWP alternative refrigerants in HAT conditions.

    ASHRAE is cooperating with District Cooling industry in the Middle East to advance practices and sustainable operation of District Cooling plants.


    ASHRAE UNEP Organize Side Event at Meeting of the Parties

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    QUITO, ECUADOR – At the 30th Meeting of Parties of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in November 2018, UN Environment Programme OzonAction and ASHRAE held a side event on their joint development of Refrigerant Management Tools for countries operating under Article 5 of the Protocol.

    The tools are aimed at capacity building of National Ozone Officers, policy makers, refrigeration technicians and other stakeholders, facilitating the sound management of refrigerants and transition to alternative climate friendly technologies. The event launched new recently developed tools and initiatives.

    Sheila J. Hayter, 2018-2019 ASHRAE President, said “The partnership between ASHRAE and the UN Environment Ozone Action Branch is how ASHRAE is able to directly support the Kigali amendments to the Montreal Protocol and help all nations move towards full implementation of these amendments. ASHRAE very much values its partnership with UN Environment Ozone Action and the opportunity this partnership has provided to engage ASHRAE in this critical global initiative.”
    Ms. Shirley Sotto, the Montreal Protocol Focal Point of Costa Rica and Steve Comstock, described the newly launched Spanish translation of the English Language Refrigerants Literacy eLearning course. The Refrigerants Literacy Course is the first of its kind course on refrigerants for non- specialists.  The English version launched in 2017.


    For more information please contact:
    Ayman Eltalouny, OzonAction, UN Environnent Programme
    ayman.eltalouny@un.org
    W. Stephen Comstock, Manager of Business Development EMEA, ASHRAE
    comstock@ashrae.org


    OzonAction Officers Review Progress on Meeting Montreal Protocol Requirements; ASHRAE Tools for Capacity Building Described

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    PARIS – UN Environment convened the Second OzonAction Global Inter-Regional and Parallel Networks Meeting for National Ozone Officers, February 18 to 20. 

    UNEP through the OzonAction Compliance Assistance Program (CAP) works with all 147 Article 5 countries as an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. UNEP’s CAP elaborates on and enforces the policies required to implement the Protocol, make informed decisions about alternative technologies, and implement approved phase out projects, all of which enable compliance with obligations under the multilateral agreement.

    “Our objective is to continue this highly successful partnership with National Ozone Officers to address emerging needs under the HCFC phase out and to prepare for the ratification and initial implementation phase of the Kigali Amendment, which entered into force on January 1,” said Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, the then Head of OzonAction.

    Besides individual meetings of the Regional Networks of Ozone Officers, “Join the Expert” sessions were organized with six parallel sessions.  Experts from Article 5 countries, Secretariats, Implementing Agencies, as well as international experts and institutions interacted with Ozone Officers on specific subject areas.

    ASHRAE was among the UNEP partners that participated.  ASHRAE representatives described ASHRAE-produced tools available for use by the OzoneAction officers. They include, the Refrigerants Literacy eLearning Course, Sound Management of Refrigerants eLearning Course, and Refrigerant Management Full Semester University Couse.


    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. Entries for the 2019 award are being accepted until August 15.

    Information and submission details:

    Learn More


    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

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