AHRI & UNEP Reach Refrigerant Agreement – What Does That Mean For Contractors?

Posted on: September 16, 2015 | by: HVAC.com July 26, 2017



During the August Montreal Protocol Open Ended Working Group meeting in Paris, The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) reached an agreement, which includes the development of the refrigerant driving license (RDL). The refrigerant driving license will be a worldwide qualification program that will work to ensure sound and safe refrigerant management by all refrigerant supply chain networks.


What does this mean?:


This agreement between AHRI and UNEP will back the transition to environmentally safe refrigerants worldwide in efforts to protect the ozone layer, as dictated by the Montreal Protocol. It places focus on the challenges of managing refrigerants safely and soundly. As new technologies are developed, the agreement will support existing programs which are designed to assist field specialists improve their knowledge and skills.


Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of AHRI, states, “Working with UNEP and developing the RDL is one very important aspect of the industry’s focus on ensuring the proper, safe, and environmentally sound management of refrigerants. AHRI’s relationship with UNEP will provide an excellent platform for working with other associations and institutes, creating a global network to support the safe handling of refrigerants.”


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