In the inaugural year, in 2012, Refrigerants Review twice conducted a Middle East-centric assessment of refrigerants in the marketplace from GWP, ODP, energy efficiency, and health & safety perspectives. The second time around, the assessment was led by the Government of Dubai, primarily because the Government expressed a keen interest in being able to inform end-users better.
A key takeaway from the two rounds was the Government’s desire for the most environmentally friendly options, and ways and means to encourage their use. The theme for 2013 is ‘For a greater acceptance of alternative refrigerants’. We arrived at this theme after speaking to key stakeholders in the region, who said the time was ripe to discuss alternative refrigerants in toto and that the subject was a natural extension of previous discussions.
This year, Refrigerants Review will see a new format, mainly driven by the nature of the topics related to the theme. A key characteristic will be more panel discussions and cluster discussions, involving all members of the audience. The 2013 Edition will also address critical issues related to recycling of refrigerants, safe disposal of refrigerants (Government regulation and efforts, and the collaboration with private players), refrigerants leak containment and on how to avoid contaminated refrigerants.
The 2013 conference will feature a spotlight session, titled ‘The role of the F&B industry in choosing refrigerants with minimum environmental footprint, and the common handling policies and procedures’. The spotlight session is our attempt to involve more and more end-users in the discussions.
A highlight of Refrigerants Review 2013 will be the formation of a Refrigerants Group. Talks are on with the Government, which in a September 2012 meeting suggested that CPI Industry could contribute towards the groundwork for forming the Group, which will involve all the stakeholders, and which will be a resource for Middle East-focused news and trends on refrigerants.
- Seeking clarity on the position of governments in the Middle East on codes and standards covering all aspects of alternative refrigerants and their use.
- Closer cooperation and understanding between government bodies and consultants and between consultants and end-users.