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Refrigeration Conference: Safe Use of Natural Refrigerants

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 11 April 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    The Clayton Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin 22, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member Rate covers Institute of Refrigeration members or Engineers Ireland Members.

    Early-bird* Member rate: €195
    Early-bird* Non-Member rate: €245

    Regular Member rate: €245
    Regular Non-Member rate: €295

    *Early-bird expires 29 March 2019

    Institute of Refrigeration Members call 01 6651305 to book at Member rate. 

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1

Conference Overview

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.

Conference Aim

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


Who Should Attend?

  • Refrigeration system owners / operators  (warehouses, cold stores, meat plants, pharmaceutical, food  processing, process cooling, chillers)
  • Factory engineering managers
  • Maintenance engineering personnel
  • Refrigeration contractors and installers
  • Service and maintenance companies
  • Equipment manufacturers / distributors
  • Refrigeration system designers and technical support personnel
  • Safety consultants / advisors
  • Test and inspection service specialists
  • Data Centre Designers
  • Those considering natural refrigerant options in the face the phase-down of HFC refrigerants.

Make a Booking

11 April 2019

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.