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AHRI and UNEP Agree on Global Qualification Program
July 30, 2015

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) completed an Exchange of Letters on July 23, at a Side Event meeting during the Montreal Protocol Open Ended Working Group meeting in Paris, France. The agreement includes the development of a global qualification program for refrigerant supply chain networks, titled “refrigerant driving license” (RDL), aimed at ensuring the sound and safe management of refrigerants.

“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,” said AHRI President and CEO, Stephen Yurek. “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,” he said.

The agreement will support the accelerated global transition to new refrigerants brought on by the Montreal Protocol’s ozone layer protection targets by addressing challenges in soundly and safely managing refrigerants. It will also complement existing programs to upgrade the skills and knowledge of field specialists as new technologies become available.

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