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UL is running a series of 4 webinars on flammable refrigerants in spring.

More information available here.

The webinars are:

Session 1

An Introduction of the 2017 updates to the White Paper: Revisiting Flammable Refrigerants, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Session 2

An Overview of Codes and Standards Activities, Wednesday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Session 3

An Overview of the Science of Flammable Refrigerants, Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Session 4

Panel Discussion – Uncertainty, Gaps, and What’s Needed to Continue the Implementation, Wednesday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Session 1:

An Introduction of the 2017 updates to the White Paper: Revisiting Flammable Refrigerants For your convenience, you can view the recorded version online.

LINK TO RECORDED WEBINAR


 

We are pleased to announce that the revised and revitalized OzonAction website was officially lauched.

This significant effort has been accomplished over the past 7 months by Jo with the support of Ester, our web consultant (many thanks to both of them!). The conversion process has been done in close consultation with DCPI, which set certain requirements and also provided technical support.

We invite you to visit the site. Highlights include: 

New content management system. As per DCPI's requirement, the system has been migrated from the Dotnetnuke content management system to Drupal. This allows us to update the site more easily than before, with a more professional CMS platform. New look and feel. The graphical presentation and web ergonomics have been changed to correspond to the UN Environment corporate standard for web sites.

Revised site architecture. The structure of the pages and sub-pages has been revised to better fit today's OzonAction initiative. The template/structure of our website was provided by DCPI, however we modified it slightly to best suit the needs of our programme and clients.

Refreshed contents. The content of numerous individual pages have been rewritten - thanks to Ezra, Misha, Ruperto, Ayman, Khaled who provided text for the new pages! Old unneeded pages were archived too (clean up).

New functionality. Database-driven news and events modules allow those types of information to appear on different web pages throughout the site, based on keyword tags. Although the website has already gone live, DCPI has not yet synchronized all of our updates and some new content has not yet appeared. DCPI is still working to stabilize the UNEP.org website, which should be finished shorly.

OzonAction is still in the processing of fine tuning our new site. After the transition is done, we will start a new system of regular updates.

Updates will be done according to specific schedule (to be proposed later). Jo is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the site and will follow up with staff accordingly. We are attaching a list of the individual pages with an indication of the CAP team members who have the most direct relationship to the issues in the different pages. We would appreciate your cooperation in helping to manage the content of those pages and in providing information/updates.

CAP Paris -- Jo and Ruperto -- will support of the regional CAP teams by performing the uploads and ongoing maintenance of the site. Samira will also have upload rights for areas under her responsibility. For any web uploads, please send them to Jo (or Ruperto in her absence). We will circulate more guidance about this later.

Note that the following issues still need to be addressed: Link to the OzonAction Meeting Module (which will be launched soon). Conversion of the MultiMedia Collection (MMC) to a new database platform, and re-connecting it to the new site. Decision on the fate of OzonAction's Facebook and Youtube accounts in light of DCPI's new social media policy.

Since the website plays a key role in promoting visibility of our programme and what we do, we invite you all to please go through the website, especially the sections that concern you and provide us with any feedback, updates or suggestions for improvements.

Thanks, and happy web surfing!


 

On 9 January 2017, the Madrid Provincial Court convicted a former company owner to a six-month prison sentence, a fine and prohibited the involvement in any commercial activity related to refrigeration or air-conditioning during a period of 6 years. After closure of his enterprise in 2012, the person decided to sell the remaining equipment and materials and offered a 60 kg R22 refrigerant cylinder on Internet.  He was aware of the fact that selling HCFC refrigerant in Europe is illegal. The advertisement was spotted by the SEPRONA Unit in the Public Prosecutor´s Office for Environment and Land Planning on 11 January 2013, and the Guardia Civil offered to buy the R22 refrigerant under a fictitious name. The refrigerant cylinder was seized on 6 February 2013 and a court case initiated. The judge ordered the destruction of the refrigerant.


 

Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Wednesday, March 8 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Tom Land from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an overview of the GreenChill program and the resources it has developed for the supermarket industry.

To join the webinar:

1. Go to http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/gc-overview/

2. Select "Enter as a Guest". It is important that you select the option to enter as a guest.

3. Enter your name.

4. Click "Enter Room".

5. Click "OK".


 

Short training videos for refrigeration technicians to refresh their technical knowledge/skills in terms of good practices and safety

We are pleased to announce the new mobile application "RAC Technician Video Series" is now available for download from Google Play Store (for Android) and App Store/iTunes (for iOS). 

This tool aims to help new technicians in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning servicing sector who are undergoing training or those who already have previous experience and would like to refresh their technical knowledge/skills in terms of good practices, and safety.

The RAC  videos were developed in collaboration with the German technical institute, Bundesfachschule Klima Kälte Teknik (BFS). They are available in English, French, Spanish and German (being finalised). We shall produce shortly versions of the video in Chinese, Russian and Arabic, We will inform you once these are available.

Note that the videos can also be viewed from the OzonAction Youtube channel. However additional information can only be accessed through the app. Moreover, the experience of viewing the videos is better through the app, so please encourage our clients to download it.