AHRI Launches Second Phase of Low-GWP AREP
Seeks Refrigerant Research Participants 

January 13, 2014
Monica Cardenas, Director, Communications
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Arlington, VA — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced today that it will launch a second phase of the Low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP). After successfully completing the first phase in December 2013, AHRI will continue research in areas that were not previously addressed: refrigerants in high ambient conditions (i.e., warmer climates); refrigerants in applications not tested in the first phase; and new refrigerants identified since testing for the program began.

“This program is an excellent example of our industry’s environmental stewardship,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “The research conducted in this second phase will expand the program to make it relevant to virtually all areas of the globe,” he said.

The first phase began in 2011 as an industry-wide cooperative research initiative in response to environmental concerns raised by high-GWP refrigerants. It sought to identify promising low-GWP alternative refrigerants for major product categories including air conditioners, heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, dehumidifiers, chillers, ice makers, and refrigeration equipment.

AHRI invites applications from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), universities, and laboratories to perform tests on refrigerants for the second phase. Interested companies are encouraged to contact AHRI Vice President of Regulatory and Research Karim Amrane to request a copy of the Program Handbook, which provides details such as the particulars of the program and required testing conditions.

On January 16, 2014, AHRI will present the results of the first phase at the Low-GWP AREP Conference in New York City. For more information about the first phase of the program and to register for the event, please visit the corresponding links.  

About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 312 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.