RETA is one of the world's largest refrigeration conferences dedicated to the professional development of the industrial refrigeration industry, helping operators and technicians to keep up to date with new trends while honing their skills.
Attendees of the RETA 2016 conference will have access to what the organizers describe as a "truly robust program full of a variety of topics, including Technical Sessions in the areas of Compliance, Engineering, Manufacturing & Operations." There will also be what is described as "Hands-On sessions" and "Manufacturer Specific Sessions."
The conference includes educational tracks and the review and certification program. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss and exchange information, meet vendors in the field through the exhibition & Hot Point Tracks, and attend events like the RETA Business Lunch, Rumble, & Awards Banquet.
This conference will take place ahead of October’s deal on global HFC phase-down. A global agreement on phasing down HFC production and consumption is expected to be reached at international talks in Rwanda, on 8-14 October. Reducing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol can avoid 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme. The combination of this agreement and the Paris Climate Accord will put substantial pressure on emissions reduction in the refrigeration industry.
As explained by Greenpeace, refrigeration technologies are an important issue when it comes to GHG mititagation efforts. Refrigeration release what are known as F-gases which are chemicals used for cooling. They are also "super-greenhouse gases" that heat up the globe and cause climate change.
F-gases, or fluorinated gases, are an entirely synthetic group of gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. They are also found in foams, aerosols, fire protection and solvents, and have a range of other industrial uses.
As very potent greenhouse gases, F-gases' global warming effect is up to 23,000 times greater than carbon dioxide. Even small concentrations can have big effects on global temperatures. Some F-gases live in the atmosphere for up to thousands of years. Others with very short atmospheric life times have their most intense global warming effect over a few decades.
The four main categories of F-gases are:
- hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
- perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
- sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
- nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)
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