Our upcoming Halifax chapter meeting will feature guests who will discuss the transition to low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants and HRAI’s workforce development initiatives. Refrigerants play a significant role in air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and their impact on the environment cannot be overlooked. With increasing concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability, it has become imperative to adopt low GWP refrigerants that have a minimal impact on the environment.
Caroline Czajko, Director, Environmental Services, will share details on the transition to low GWP refrigerants. She will touch on the regulatory landscape and what Contractor’s ought to expect while working with mildly flammable refrigerants. Attendees will also learn about changes to standards that are continuously changing to meet the future world, as Canada transitions with the phase-down of current refrigerant offerings. Across Canada, the demand for residential and commercial contractors is growing. As the industry struggles to recruit new people to the trade, federal and provincial governments are pouring billions of dollars into nation-wide decarbonization programs. The increasing popularity of heat pumps is also putting pressure on the industry.
Stephen Chartrand, Regulatory Affairs, will discuss HRAI’s workforce development plans that will help address these pressing labour concerns. This includes a $6.85 million proposal to Employment and Social Development Canada, called Accelerating the Transition to a Low Carbon HVACR Workforce, and other initiatives such as industry awareness raising, sourcing new skills, funding for tuition subsidies, and upgrading training to ensure technicians can safely install heat pumps.
Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2023.
Location:Courtyard Marriott, 35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Members FREE, Non members $ 35.00.
Registration for this event can be found here.