ICARHMA Meets to Share Issues of Global Concern

On October 13th, HRAI met with fellow members of the International Council of Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Manufacturers Associations (ICARHMA) to share the top policy priorities and concerns within their respective nations/regions.  Included in the meeting were representatives from Australia (AREMA), Brazil (ABRAVA), China (CRAA), Columbia (ACAIRE), Europe (EPEE, Eurovent), India (RAMA), Japan (JRAIA), Korea (KRAIA), and the United States (AHRI).

HRAI was represented by President Sandy MacLeod and Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations Martin Luymes. 

HRAI’s top three priorities were stated as follows:

  1. The promotion of healthy, sustainable indoor environments (IAQ), driven partly response to COVID concerns;
  2. The transition to low GWP refrigerants; and
  3. Workforce Development challenges in relation to the transition to a Low Carbon

These priorities were echoed to varying degrees by the other HVACR associations on the call.

In addition to the exchange of ideas the ICARHMA delegation received a fascinating presentation on supply chain issues by Joe Dunlap, a senior executive at CBRE.  As global head of Supply Chain Advisory, Dunlap leads CBRE’s supply chain advisory consulting practice.  Dunlap provided a thoughtful and thorough assessment of recent developments of note in the global supply chain and offered some commentary on the degree to which current global supply chain changes and challenges will effect structural changes in the global HVACR industry.  HRAI will be exploring a webinar for members on this topic in the near future.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.

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