The now finalised new F-Gas Regulation will bring a phase down of HFCs across Europe, accompanied by bans on their use in certain applications and inevitably increase interest in the use of alternative refrigerant options. The Institute of Refrigeration, working as part of a project called "REAL Alternatives" funded by the EU Leonardo Life Long Learning Programme, has been investigating with key stakeholders just how ready we are for the wider uptake of alternatives. These include carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon, ammonia and low flammables, and what skills issues might need to be addressed.

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