Refrigerants Review in Dubai: identifying the ideal refrigerant

By Sabine Lobnig, Mar 01, 2012, 12:41 2 minute reading

On 20-21 March in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Refrigerants Review will take place as a 2-day event aiming at identifying the ideal refrigerant for high, medium and low-temperature applications. The event is supported by Ministries of Environment from the Middle East region, the US Department of State, and the Dubai Municipality.

The aim of the Refrigerants Review, as a first part of discussions to be continued in September this year, is to initiate a debate on viable alternatives to ozone-depleting and high global warming refrigerants in the Middle East region. Participants also aim to determine a set of recommendations and solutions related to reclaiming and recycling refrigerants as well as methods to identify and prevent refrigerant leaks.

The parameters taken into account to define the ideal refrigerants will include aspects such as: health and safety, effect on the environment (ODP, GWP and TEWI), energy efficiency, compatibility with existing technologies (reaction with materials in contact and effect on cost), stability under different pressures and temperatures, effect on equipment size/footprint, availability and price.

“The responsible use and handling of refrigerants cannot be overstated,” says B Surendar, the Editor of Climate Control Middle East magazine, which is producing Refrigerants Review. “It is incumbent upon each of us to understand the overall profile of each refrigerant and adopt those that serve to mitigate climate change, do not harm the ozone layer and ensure human health and safety.”

shecco to present the Guide to naturals refrigerants

Refrigerants Review will be structured into 2 days:
  • The first day will focus on refrigerants from a broader perspective: the participants will have the opportunity to find out about the latest developments and the policies that support the deployment of refrigerants.
As part of the presentations, marketing & communications expert shecco will present the first edition of the GUIDE to natural refrigerants that focuses on the market potential of natural working fluids in Europe.
  • The second day will be dedicated to more specific technical presentations, with case studies in all major refrigerant uses and panel discussions.

US DoE and UNEP to attend

The Climate Control Middle East magazine and the CPI Industry are organising the event. They will bring together industry associations, government bodies and end-users. Participants will include representatives of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, the US Department of State, the US Environment Protection Agency, the former Head of OzonAction at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol and others.

In September 2012, a second round of the Refrigerants Review will be held in Dubai to review follow-up measures and assess progress.

Register for the Refrigerants Review

Registration for the event is still open and the reservation is possible via an online registration tool:


By Sabine Lobnig

Mar 01, 2012, 12:41

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