Global HVACR Associations Meet in Rio de Janeiro
Address global regulatory environment, refrigerant safety

October 28, 2013
Monica Cardenas, Director, Communications

Arlington, VA — The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers Associations (ICARHMA) held its Annual Meeting today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The meeting of the global heating and cooling manufacturers’ association was hosted by ICARHMA’s Brazilian member, ABRAVA.

Members addressed issues concerning the proper and safe handling of refrigerants, a growing global regulatory environment that may inadvertently create non-tariff barriers to trade, and key points the industry must introduce into discussions with governments. In a special presentation, Eng. Manoel L.S. Gameiro, who serves as ABRAVA’s Vice President for Energy Efficiency, President of GBC-Brasil, and Commercial Director, Ingersoll Rand – Trane do Brasil, described steps to achieve sustainability in Brazil’s soccer arenas for the 2014 World Cup.

ICARHMA’s secretariat, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, announced that next year’s Annual Meeting will be hosted by Eurovent in Berlin, Germany.


ICARHMA is a global organization comprised of nine (9) heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating manufacturers’ associations that represent a combined total of more than 1,000 manufacturing companies, valued at US$225 billion and that produce approximately 85 percent of the world’s heating and cooling equipment. Its members represent manufacturers in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region.