Refrigeration Conference: Safe Use of Natural Refrigerants

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and Engineers Ireland are presenting a comprehensive one-day conference on Safe Use of Natural Refrigerants.

With the increasing environmental pressure on ‘chemical’ refrigerants, there is increasing interest in the use of ‘natural’ refrigerants for industrial and commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning. These refrigerants offer significant benefits in sustainability, operating cost, reliability and life expectancy.

The three natural refrigerants in use at present are Carbon-dioxide (CO2), Ammonia and Hydrocarbons.

All three natural refrigerants have inherent aspects that require care in their use, including flammability, toxicity and pressure. Any refrigeration system will need to include the careful consideration of these hazards in the design and operation of the system throughout its life.

The aim of the Conference is to raise awareness of the benefits and hazards of natural refrigerants and to inform attendees on how best to ensure that such refrigeration systems are designed, installed, operated and maintained safely.


The programme includes presentations from specialists and experts in fields relating to application, design, installation, maintenance, inspection, and training. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to hear from and engage with experts in the use and application of natural refrigerants.

  • Why Natural Refrigerants? Keynote address on the phase-down of HFC refrigerants and the need to move towards natural refrigerants. Seamus Kerr, President IRI
  • CO2 for Retail Refrigeration. Paul Keegan, Lead Project Engineer with Cross Refrigeration
  • Using chilled water and glycol for air-conditioning and process cooling. Varmings Consulting Engineers
  • Training for service personnel with hydrocarbon refrigerants. Colin Headley, Hydrocarbon Training Services, NI
  • Competence in handing CO2 as a refrigerant. Terry Nickels, TRainer and Lecturer, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, South East Regional College, NI
  • Emergency Response from the Irish Fire Service. William Magher, Haz. Mat. Specialist and District Office Dublin South, Irish Fire Service
  • Resources and guidance for using natural refrigerants. Shecco, Speaker tbc
  • Natural Refrigerants for Data Centres and District Heating. Alan Walkinshaw, Star Refrigeration
  • Heat pumps using low-charge ammonia. Paul Leeman, GEA
  • Chillers using hydrocarbon refrigerant. Brian Gaughan, Sabroe UK

The conference will take place on April 11 at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin, Ireland

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