Future:Air: Challenges and opportunities 

Published: 23 May 2019

In partnership with AREMA and ARBS 2020, the AMCA has been hosting a series of Future:Air breakfast seminars this week in Sydney, Brisbane, Parramatta, Melbourne and Box Hill. 

As the commercial air-conditioning sector continues to experience rapid and substantial change, attendees had the chance to hear from some of the world’s leading voices—from the United States, Europe and Australia—on the future of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry 

Steve Yurek, from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) in the United States set the scene by providing attendees with an overview of the key technology changes in refrigerants and refrigerant based equipment.  

With end users demanding higher energy efficiency and government policy driving the use of lower GWP refrigerants, stakeholders are turning to a variety of technological solutions that presents both challenges and opportunities to improve outcomes for the client and asset managers.  

Director General of EPEE, the industry’s voice in Europe, Andrea Voigt outlined how the European Union is using a variety of policy measures to drive change in refrigeration and air conditioning—many of which are likely to impact the Australian market in one way or another. 

Such policy is driving the the transition towards more complex and integrated building systems, requiring changes to the tools, working practices, component standards and workplace safety conditions relating to repair, service and refrigerant recovery by service technicians. 

Finally, Stuart Kirkwood from AREMA and Ingersoll Rand drew upon over 35 years’ experience in the industry to provide attendees with an insight into how he sees technology driving change across the industry in coming years.  

AMCA members who were unable to attend one of the sessions are invited to contact AMCA Policy Manager, Ben Hawkins, for more information.