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Training: Training programme for Iraqi refrigeration experts

Casale Monferrato, Italy, September 2016 – A group of Iraqi HVAC&R experts receive specialized training on the safe use natural refrigerants in domestic and commercial refrigeration. The training was hosted as a joint effort between Centro Studio Galileo and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and funded by the Multilateral Fund (MLF).

During the week of theoretical and practical training, including field visits, the Iraqi experts gained the necessary skills and knowledge to support the introduction of hydrocarbon and low global warming potential refrigerants in the domestic and commercial refrigeration sectors. The training is part of Iraq’s national strategy for phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) while reducing dependency on high-GWP refrigerants.

The participants were certified after successful completion of the course, such that they are now responsible for conducting training courses for local Iraqi engineers and technicians. Centro Studi Galileo and UNEP have worked together for over 10 years to build the capacity of technicians in developing countries and to support the introduction of local certification schemes for refrigeration technicians.

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