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Webinar launch for REAL Alternatives training

19665919_sEUROPE: The EU’s REAL Alternatives learning programme for engineers working with low GWP alternative refrigerants will launch on March 19 with a free webinar.

The programme has been developed by the UK’s Institute of Refrigeration and international partners to respond to the need for reliable, independent information on the safe, efficient and reliable application of low GWP refrigerants such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon, HFOs and ammonia.

The webinar starts at 14.00 (15.00 CET)  and will last for just over one hour. It will feature the presentations from IoR president Graeme Maidment, Jane Gartshore of UK training company Cool Concerns and refrigeration industry consultant Ray Gluckman.

Graeme Maidment will look at the link between efficiency, cost and leakage; good practice in design and maintenance of systems and discuss the blended learning approach of REAL Alternatives.

Covering the reasons for the move to alternative refrigerants, Ray Gluckman will look at the impact of the F-gas regulations, challenges for the future of refrigeration use and consider the changes in a wider international context.

Jane Gartshore’s discussion will cover the topics What is an alternative refrigerant and why are they different?; Design choices for minimising environmental impact; Delivering improved knowledge and understanding for technicians.

These will be followed by a demonstration of REAL Alternatives e-learning, library and training booklets and a question and answer session with online participants.

REAL Alternatives is a European-wide learning programme designed to improve knowledge in the service and maintenance of these refrigerants in new systems from the point of view of safety, efficiency, reliability and containment.

You can register for the webinar here.

To find out more about the project and sign up for the English Language version of the new e-learning programme, visit the project website at

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