Cool Up’s country partner the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and National Energy Research Centre (NERC) collaborated to deliver essential training sessions for 43 technicians working in the HVAC sector on “Safe Handling of Natural Refrigerants and it`s Importance” in December 2023. Accredited by the Jordan Technical and Vocational Skills Development Commission (TVSDC), RSS is recognized as a distinguished training provider.
The training covered key aspects of the Ministry of Environment`s commitments to phasing out HCFC`s and HFC`s, the characteristics of natural refrigerants and their environmental significance. The training participants also delved into flammability classification of the refrigerants, safety protocols, maintenance and recovery procedures. The hands-on practice ensured that the technicians could apply newly acquired knowledge effectively.
Training local technicians for handling of natural refrigerants in sustainable cooling systems is crucial for several reasons:
- Environmentally friendly practices: Sustainable cooling solutions aim to reduce the environmental impact of refrigerants. Informed technicians can handle natural refrigerants responsibly, minimizing emissions, leaks, and improper disposal.
- Efficient system operation: Properly trained technicians can optimize the performance of cooling systems using natural refrigerants, leading to more energy-efficient operations and reduced energy consumption.
- Compliance with regulations: Many countries and regions have specific regulations and guidelines for handling natural refrigerants. Training ensures technicians are aware of these regulations and can comply with them, avoiding legal issues and penalties.
- Local capacity building: Informing local technicians empowers the community by creating job opportunities and expertise within the region. This reduces dependency on foreign experts and encourages sustainable development.
- Long-term cost savings: Technicians with knowledge in sustainable cooling methods can identify and address potential issues early on, reducing maintenance costs and extending the lifespan of cooling systems.
The training of local technicians for handling natural refrigerants benefits the environment and also strengthens local industrial communities, engages stakeholders at all levels, and promotes responsible and efficient cooling practices.