AIRAH takes the TAKE2 pledge

AIRAH is a proud supporter and founding partner of TAKE2, Victoria’s collective climate change program to help the state achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. 

In June 2016, the Victorian state government committed to fight climate change, setting an ambitious target for Victoria to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To help achieve this goal, with the help of founding partner AIRAH, Sustainability Victoria is delivering the TAKE2 initiative – a world-leading climate change pledge program.  

TAKE2 is a Victorian government initiative that is applicable to all Australians. It aims to assist individuals, business, government, educational and community organisations to take meaningful action to reduce climate change and keep global temperature rise under 2°C, the point at which scientists say harm to the planet can be reasonably contained.

“There is considerable scientific data published that suggests temperatures around the world are rising because of the pollution produced by human activity,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “AIRAH is all about promoting safe, sustainable, healthy and effective environments. And by taking collective action through TAKE2, all Australians can make a difference to climate change.” 

As part of AIRAH’s pledge, it has consulted with industry leaders (via PRIME, Special Technical Groups (STGs), AIRAH conventions and division events). Five key issues requiring AIRAH thought leadership have been identified. They are:

Resilience – the ability for buildings to operate during, and to recover quickly from, adverse events. 

Sustainability – building sustainability aligned to energy use and emissions reduction.

Compliance – addressing undiscovered and discovered compliance issues across all elements of the supply chain. 

Transition to low global-warming-potential refrigerants – addressing the move to appropriate-level GWP refrigerants and the training needs of the industry.

Innovation – leading the drive for continuous improvement through innovation and research.

“The HVAC&R industry has some key challenges at a local level, including skills and compliance issues, right through to the global stage, where extreme and disruptive weather events are increasingly prevalent,” says AIRAH’s manager for government relations and technical services Phil Wilkinson, F. AIRAH. “By taking the TAKE2 pledge,

AIRAH acknowledges that the need for greater energy efficiency and reduction in harmful emissions are a key imperative for government and industry.” 
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