Thirty-two refrigeration and air conditioning technicians benefited from two one-week trainings on the safe use of hydrocarbons in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector (refrigeration with R600a and R290 split ACs) at the Samuel Foundation in Costa Rica.
The trainings included theoretical and practical sessions, for example welding skills. They are part of a series of study tours and training activities organised by the GIZ projects C4 (BMU), SPODS (BMZ / UE), 4E (BMZ), in cooperation with the Directorate of Environmental Quality Management (DIGECA) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) of Costa Rica, UNDP and the Samuel Foundation.
‘Cool Training’ is a series of international trainings on the safe use of natural refrigerants in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector. Launched in 2014, these trainings have since supported the worldwide promotion of sustainable cooling technologies by providing training on the safe handling of natural refrigerants.
A total of four Cool Trainings have already been held in Costa Rica between 2018 and 2019 (in total 64 trainers and technicians from 10 countries have been trained). In 2020, it is planned to carry out two additional trainings for another 32 coaches and technicians in the country. In addition, four technical training institutes in Costa Rica have been equipped with split type air conditioners with R290 refrigerant and refrigerators with R600a refrigerant, as well as tools and equipment. One hundred R290 split ACs were imported to Costa Rica for training and demonstration projects.