AREA has published a position paper setting out the contribution that refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) contractors make to energy efficiency. Mindful of the fact that RACHP applications are responsible for a sizeable part of the energy consumed globally AREA is fully aware of the significant energy savings achievable through the raising of energy efficiency at all levels but more specifically in small to medium air conditioning applications. Such savings could be achieved without major investment in capital equipment and plant refurbishment but with education, good maintenance, implementation of good energy saving practices and enforcement of relevant regulations.