AREA, the Voice of European Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pumps Contractors have published the results of an internal survey of their members into training & certification on f-gases and alternative refrigerants (January 2021).

The report of results can be downloaded here.

AREA state that "Between 3.5% and 7% of F-Gas certified personnel are trained on alternatives, depending on the refrigerant. This is one of the main outcomes of an internal survey that AREA has just completed and that also looked at F-Gas certification. 6 years after the entry into force of the revised F-Gas Regulation and as a new HFC phase-down step just started, such a low figure provides clear factual support of AREA’s plea for mandatory certification on alternatives."

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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board member organisations

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