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2nd Symposium of Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries

Dubai, 14 October 2012 - Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), United Nations Environment Programme, Regional office for West Asia (UNEP-ROWA), in cooperation with Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and ASHRAE-Emirates Falcon Chapter is organizing the 2nd Regional Symposium for air-conditioning sector in high-ambient temperature countries.

This year's symposium entitled “Alternative Refrigerants for Air-Conditioning Industry in High-Ambient Temperature Countries; the Way Forward,” will be held from 16 to 17 October 2012 at Marina Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

In 2011, UNEP in cooperation with ASHRAE Kuwait Chapter and AHRI have organized the 1st Symposium in Kuwait, under the theme of “Refrigerants; Challenges and Prospects in High-Ambient Temperature Countries”. The symposium helped organize the regional forum for concerned industries and authorities for setting-up road-maps and strategies to address technological challenges in the region. The event was an opportunity to review the latest available alternatives worldwide and to get feedback from regional manufactures.

Air-conditioning is a vital sector for national economies. It contributes to above 50% of domestic energy demand in some countries like the Gulf States. Therefore, the efficiency of air-conditioning systems became a compelling component of future strategies and national plans.
The GCC countries are in various stages of developing their energy efficient performance standards for AC equipment. Some are in the process of finalization, while others such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have recently promulgated new/updated energy efficient requirements.

The 2nd symposium aims at reviewing the development of alternative technologies since last year’s symposium. Other stakeholders such as component manufacturers (mainly compressors) have been invited to join the process of finding long term solutions, and create mass demand to motivate technology developers to find suitable alternatives. The organizers aim to encourage regional research institutes/centers to promote further work in finding long-term solutions and to maintain the focus of the industry and decision-makers on the importance of adequately addressing this joint regional challenge.

The symposium will be a platform to initiate other regional initiatives through special sessions that will discuss the organization of the regional air-conditioning industry and the coordination of a harmonized minimum energy performance standard along the obligations of the Montreal Protocol.

Dr. Ahmed Alaa Eldin, ASHRAE Falcon president, who has been heavily involved in the preparations said, “The symposium will be attended by GCC standardization authorities and GCC environmental authorities, along with UN concerned agencies and members of the Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Technical Option Committee of the Montreal Protocol as well as international and regional experts and specialists”.  He added, "This is on top of the agenda meeting of the international and regional major air-conditioning, manufacturers, key international refrigerants and components manufacturers and industry stakeholders.” 

In his address to the international committee on the International Day of The Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2012, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki moon called on the governments to reiterate their commitment to achieve the objectives relating to the protection of the ozone layer, and said that, “The challenges are not over. Governments must maintain their commitment to finish the job and avert additional problems.”

H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment & Water, said, ''Air-conditioning is a vital sector for the GCC national economies. It consumes lots of energy. We urge all governmental and non- governmental parties to come up with efficient proposals that reduce energy consumption and promote friendly refrigerants that help sustain our planet’s atmosphere''.

Note to the Editors

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ESMA was established as the sole standardization body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001. The board of directors chaired by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment & Water in the UAE comprises representatives of the main parties involved in the standardization of the UAE. The board is the dominant affairs and lay down its policy and adopting all the suitable procedures to ensure efficient performance to its assignments.

United Nations Environment Programme is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Ensuring human comfort, productivity, and safety, while practicing environmental stewardship is the mission of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Its 300 + member companies from around the world produce more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment made in North America and a substantial portion elsewhere. Through its certification program, standards, advocacy, and other activities, it strives to help save energy, improve productivity, and ensure a better environment.

Is an internationally recognized technical organization with more than 50,000 members from 133 nations based in Atlanta,Georgia, U.S.A. ASHRAE is dedicated to advancing the arts and science of heating, refrigerating, air conditioning, ventilation, all their allied arts and sciences, and related human factors for the benefit of the general public and humanity
The ASHRAE Falcon Chapter (AFC) with more than 500 members (Engineers, Architects, Researcher, Academicians and Technicians and Students) is one of the most active chapters in ASHRAE Region-at-Large is committed to the achievement of technical quality and excellence in all our programs, courses and other activities.

For technical information, please contact:

Ayman Eltalouny Programme Officer
Dr. Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed
President (2011-2012)
ASHRAE Falcon Chapter UAE Email:
Rami Al-khalil
President Elect
ASHRAE Falcon Chapter UAE Email:

For media and information, please contact:

Marie Daher Corthay Information and Outreach Officer UNEP/ROWA
Mufida Al-Sharief Outreach Assistant for the Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP)

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