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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA) (Member Organisation)

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA)

(Member Organisation)

About Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA)

Set up in 1989, AREA is the European association of national refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) associations, representing RACHP contractors and engineers. AREA members presently represent more than 9,000 companies across Europe, a workforce of 125,000 and a turnover approaching € 20 billion in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors.

Contractors are responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and repair of RACHP equipment. These companies are the indispensable competent intermediaries between component manufacturers:

  • Compressors, heat exchangers, chillers, package units, counters … (mechanical industry)
  • Measurement, control and safety devices (electronic industry)
  • Refrigerants, lubricants and insulation (chemical industry)

and final users:

  • Cold stores and freezers (food industry)
  • Refrigerated transportation (food distribution)
  • Food product wholesalers and retailers (food sales)
  • Private persons (domestic and household applications)
  • Industrial refrigeration, materials processing, manufacturing process
  • Water and machine cooling
  • Stationary air conditioning
  • Mobile air conditioning
  • Special applications (laboratories, medical, military).

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Croatia and Estonia join AREA!

AREA is proud to announce that CRACA, the Croatian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association, and EKL, the Estonian Refrigeration Association, became members on 9th May 2015 on the occasion of the AREA General Assembly spring meeting in Stockholm. AREA now counts 22 members in 19 countries.

For more information, please see the press release.


AREA officially launches REAL Alternatives project

AREA officially launched the REAL Alternatives project at the occasion of its general assembly meeting on 9 May 2015 in Stockholm. Vice-President Marco Buoni presented the project and its outcome to some 25 delegates representing 16 national air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump contractors' associations from 14 European countries.

REAL Alternatives has developed e-learning training materials for improving workforce skills in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in alternative refrigerants (Carbon dioxide, Ammonia, Flammable and Low Flammables). More information:

See Mr. Buoni's launch presentation


AREA speaks about installers' competence on low GWP systems at OEWG35 in Bangkok

AREA speaks about installers' competence on low GWP systems at OEWG35 in Bangkok

BANGKOK:  The thirty-fifth session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer opened in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday, 22 April 2015. On 21 April, AREA was invited to take part in the Workshop on HFC management - technical issues, and more specifically Session 5, part 2 on energy efficiency, safety, industry's response to low GWP policies.

AREA Vice-President Marco Buoni addressed installers' competence on low GWP systems in its presentation "Training and Certification schemes to ensure the safe and environmentally friendly handling of  Low GWP alternative refrigerants". Mr. Buoni presented AREA's work on minimum training & certification requirements (see section on professional guidance), as well as the ongoing REAL Alternatives project, which provides free blended e-learning for alternative refrigerants in new equipment. AREA is a partner in the project.

See Mr. Buoni's presentation HERE

For highlights of the conference, see

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