PD02: Low GWP refrigerants – is Australia Ready?

Facilitator: Michael McCann, Managing Director, ThinkWell

Panel of experts: Patrick McInerney, Director, International Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Team, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy

Graeme Dewerson, Business Development Manager, A-Gas

Alex Di Pietro, Engineering Manager, Refrigeration Engineering International

Kevin O’Shea, Managing Director, Cold Rae

Gary Knox, Engineering Manager, Daikin

Have your say and join the ARBS conversation with a panel of industry experts convened to consider whether Australia is ready for low GWP refrigerants.

Topics up for discussion will include -

  • latest trends and updates on the use of low GWP refrigerants in Australia
  • current regulations around refrigerants
  • energy efficiency, safety and related issues
  • barriers in Australia to greater use of low GWP solutions
  • lessons learnt from European F-gas experience

Discussions will focus on practical applications for HVAC&R professionals and what needs to be considered when selecting and using low GWP refrigerants.


Michael McCann has been a consultant on energy and greenhouse programs, policy and practice since 1991. He has been involved in projects covering many aspects of residential and commercial energy efficiency, equipment energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuels and emissions, and alternative fuels with both Federal and State Government agencies, and with industry.

Among other things, Michael's work in the last decade has involved economic and regulatory assessment and provision of advice and support to Government on aspects of the MEPS programs for appliances and equipment, including running testing programs for and advising on regulation of computer energy use, and on commercial HVAC and air-conditioning systems. He has worked extensively on the issues of peak demand management. The last ten years particularly has included extensive research and analysis in HVAC&R, synthetic greenhouse gas markets, supply chains and end uses and commercial energy efficiency.


Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.