Argentina is still widely using R22 hydrofluorcarbon (HCFC) refrigerant for commercial refrigeration.
During two conferences that were organised in Argentina in December, ten leading Italian refrigeration manufacturers have been called upon to present their innovations and research activities. This was an initiative by the Argentine and Italian Ministries of the Environment as part of international cooperation.
A training and certification scheme will be emulated in Argentina in 2018, thanks to the experience from Europe of the Air-conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA), an association of contractors, and the European union-funded project “Real alternatives 4 life”.
The Argentine Ministry has also announced several certifications sessions as part of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) projects, to prepare technicians for the transfer to new low global warming potential (GWP) alternative refrigerants.
Several speakers conveyed that for existing systems, A2L refrigerants are vital for continued energy efficient usage, due to the maintenance of the systems. However, all new systems should be investigated in order to determine the feasibility of shifting to natural refrigerants.