Overview

Frameworks, like Europe’s F-Gas regulation and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which requires high-GWP gases to be phased down, have compelled and motivated manufacturers of refrigerants to look for alternative solutions to those in circulation,with an eye on lower GWP, greater energy efficiency and, equally crucial, zero flammability, given the growing reluctance among contractors to accept even mildly flammable options.

The third edition of Refrigerants Review will examine the refrigerants emerging in the landscape and will foster discussions involving government bodies, building owners, consultants and contractors in the Middle East on how to time a switchover to a refrigerant that is specifically suitable for high ambient conditions, and will have longevity as its hallmark. One context of the discussions will be the dip in economic activity in the region and how it is influencing decisions. Another will be the country specific deadlines and whether a compelling case can be made for building owners to wait till they expire to make the change.

WHAT IS REFRIGERANTS REVIEW?

Refrigerants Review is a Middle East-centric discussion on refrigerants that engages policy makers, regulators, scientists, technology solutions providers, service providers and end-users. To date, this unique conference platform has brought together regional and international stakeholders on two occasions to discuss broad issues, including the assessment of refrigerants from a Middle Eastern perspective, keeping in mind such factors as health & safety,energy efficiency, Global Warming Potential (GWP), Ozone-Depleting Potential (ODP) and Lifecycle Climate Performance (LCCP).

Past speakers have included representatives or past representatives from:

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Office of Environmental Policy, US Department of State
  • Alternatives and Emissions Branch, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD)
  • International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)
  • Interpol
  • Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP), Montreal Protocol
  • Department of Tenders and Projects, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Kuwait
  • Kuwait National Ozone Unit, Kuwait Ministry of Environment
  • Environmental Planning and Studies, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality
  • Royal Court Affairs Palace, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
  • Air Quality & National Ozone Coordinator, Presidency of Meteorology & Environment (PME), Saudi Arabia
  • Environmental Investigation Agency, USA
  • World Customs Organisation

Event Format

The conference will have a unique format and set-up to foster free flow of information for generating insights and recommendations.

While it will have a plenary session involving policy makers and regulators in the region, it will bring together all the participants – key government personalities, manufacturers and end-users – for a unique roundtable interaction exceeding three hours.

The conference will have an end-user focus, involving healthcare, hospitality and other sectors. The key purpose of the conference is to find answers to questions raised by the sectors.

To that effect, the unique roundtable format will have four clusters of participants, seated in a manner that will evoke an amphitheatre effect.

The four clusters are:

1) Engineering Directors from the multiple sectors (healthcare and hospitality)

2) Manufacturers of HVACR equipment and producers of refrigerants

3) Senior policy makers, regulators and enforcers from Government

4) The Media

The policy makers, regulators and enforcers from Government will perform the role of observers and moderators.

The roundtable will be followed by presentations by manufacturers of equipment and producers of refrigerant gases.

The conference will conclude with a focused Audience Discussion, which will have a clearly drawn-out agenda to elicit further insights and recommendations. The insights and recommendations will extensively be covered in the media, leading to follow-up action.