The aim of the workshop was to discuss trends and latest developments, as well as opportunities and challenges, in transitioning from hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) intensive refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) to more sustainable solutions by adopting energy-efficient alternatives.
The European Commission presented the policies for a sustainable RAC sector and provided insights into the contents of the new EU F-Gas regulation in the international context. Considering that the demand for air-conditioning and refrigeration in India is growing rapidly, participants particularly appreciated information presented by the Commission and European experts on recent technology developments. An assessment of the specific requirements for equipment operating under high ambient temperatures as well as calculations of the related energy demand and saving potential in India were useful contributions to the ensuing discussions.
This roundtable discussion, which was deemed a great success, is intended to set the scene for a more comprehensive workshop in India next year.