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Conference overview

October 2016 was a historic month. COP 21 was ratified globally when 70 nations and more than 56 per cent of the world’s emitters formally ratified the Paris agreement entered into in December 2015. The agreement will become legally binding in November 2016, and seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The OEWG meeting in Kigali, Rwanda agreed on a global phase-down of environmentally harmful HFC refrigerants using the Montreal Protocol as the phase-down tool. 

The conference will look at the current state of the industry, how it may respond to the future challenges initiated by COP 21 and the global HFC phase-down, and how this will impact upon educators, legislators, regulators, end users, engineers, consultants and technicians. The conference will also include sessions reviewing the latest technologies on offer. The conference trade display will give participants the opportunity during the breaks and cocktail functions to interact with leading industry suppliers on the latest refrigeration technology offerings.  


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Note: early bird prices close on March 3, 2017.

 AIRAH members early bird      $550.00     
 AIRAH members    $660.00   
 Early bird non-member     $660.00   
 Non-member     $770.00   
 Student member     $195.00    
 Student delegate    $255.00  


  Monika Witt, eurammon, TH. WITT Kältemaschinenfabrik GmbH

Keynote Address: The role of natural refrigerants in the future – an update from Europe

Presentation Overview
Currently the F-Gas phase-down is underway, not only in Europe, but around the world. The international industry will have to decide which way to go – natural and/or HFOs? 
Witt will outline the current status in Europe, what further steps are required to meet the climate targets, and what aspects are important to consider for a sustainable future. 
Witt obtained her mechanical engineering Dipl.-Ing from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She first gained her industrial experiences in the USA and Germany, working with low-temperature air-separation systems at MG Industries. Since 1998, Witt has been the managing director of TH. WITT GmbH in Aachen, Germany. She is also on the board of directors of eurammon, FKT (German Research Council for Refrigeration Technology), and VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association).

  Bruce Nelson, M.AIRAH, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc

Keynote Address: Politics, refrigeration and the "Donald effect" 

Presentation overview
The future application of synthetic and natural refrigerants in the USA will be determined by the politics of climate change. It will also be driven by safety concerns and regulations. 

In the USA, there has been a shift in the political landscape, where there is an expectation that the politics of both climate change and safety regulations will be impacted by “The Donald Effect”.  

New developments in low-charge ammonia refrigeration systems represent inherently safer technology that can be applied in a way that offers the benefit of significantly reduced power consumption – for example, zero direct emissions with ultra-low indirect emissions.  

Nelson will provide an update on IIAR’s CO2 handbook and safety codes/standards.

Nelson is currently president of Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc. in Colville, Washington. He obtained his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Washington State University and has been employed at Colmac since 1981. Nelson currently serves on the IIAR board of directors and executive committee as treasurer, and is the past chair of the Research Committee.  He has authored of several technical papers related to the field of refrigeration and heat transfer, and holds a number of US and International patents.  

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International

AS/NZS 5149 to replace AS/NZS 1677 - Refrigeration impacts

In October 2016, the Australian refrigeration code were replaced with AS/NZS/ISO 817 and AS/NZS519. Adamson will be focus on areas of the new standards that will impact refrigeration systems.

Adamson is Managing Director of Refrigeration Engineering International, where he works in process refrigeration onshore and offshore in Australia and internationally. He specialises in cooling systems for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.

Pat McInerney, Department of the Environment

The phase-down of HFCs globally and in Australia

McInerney will provide details of the global phase-down and Australia’s HFC phase-down, which will be in advance of the Montreal Protocol requirements. 

McInerney is Director of the International Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Section in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. He co-chaired Montreal Protocol negotiations that led to the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase-down HFCs.

Mike Baker, M.AIRAH, AJ Baker & Sons

Transcritical CO2 and Australian supermarkets – a reality

The use of CO2 in the Australian commercial supermarket sector dates back to the early-to-mid 2000s. The major drivers for transcritical CO2 are to reduce and/or eliminate the need for HFC refrigerants, reduce the overall GWP of systems, and to provide energy savings to the supermarket owner. 

Baker will outline the high-level system design, the different methods of controlling gas cooler outlet temperature, operational observations of energy efficiency, and the road ahead. 

Baker is Managing Director of AJ Baker & Sons, where he has been involved in the implementation of both cascade CO2  and transcritical CO2 technology to independent and major supermarket chains in Australia.


Frank Bruno, University of South Australia 

Economic potential of Solar PV with PCM thermal energy storage for commercial refrigeration

With the global shift towards a more renewable-energy driven decentralised power network, there is considerable interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  Researchers at the University of SA have developed a thermal storage system using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) that is ideally suited for the refrigeration sector.  

This presentation will discuss the potential for the combination of solar PV and PCM thermal storage in a refrigeration sector application.   

Michael McCann, Expert Group

Energy efficiency and the refrigeration industry

McCann will outline the online rating tool service that identifies the most efficient equipment available in the market using data already supplied to government. This allows customers to make informed, cost-effective equipment purchases. 

Energy Allstars wants to partner with members of the industry interested in promoting real action. It wants develop this surface into a valuable tool to help deliver the potential economy-wide savings this industry can create for Australia.

McCann has over 25 years of experience working in the energy efficiency space. Recently, he has co-founded allstars.com, a website service dedicated to promoting the most efficient HVAC equipment in the market. 

  Jan Dusek, shecco

Policy and market trends regarding natural refrigerants – how does Australia fit in compared to the rest of the world?

Dusek will provide an overview of current policy and market drivers linked to the global HFC phase-down, and the state of development of natural refrigerant alternatives in different segments and regions.

Dusek is the Business Development Manager at shecco Japan, leading activities in the Asia/Pacific region. 

  Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies

Energy performance of low-charge, central-type, dual-Stage NH3 refrigeration systems in practice

Jensen will describe the energy performance evaluations of several refrigerated distribution centres that have implemented low-charge NH3 refrigeration systems.  He will outline how different NH3 refrigeration systems effect the energy performance of each site.

Jensen is co-founder and managing director of Scantec Refrigeration Technologies. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and also co-invented the Rotadisk flare ice-maker. 

  Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH, Woolworths Ltd

Woolworths’ investment in the Australian industry to deliver sustainable HFC-free refrigeration innovation

Ferlin will outline two case studies that steer away from the traditional R404a systems embedded in the supermarket industry. This presentation will look at their facilities at Collins Square in Melbourne and Colebee in Sydney. 

Ferlin entered the refrigeration industry in 2001, where he collaborated in the first transcritical CO2 projects being piloted in Europe. He later relocated back to Australia, where he now works at Woolworths as innovations engineer.  

  Graeme Dewerson, Affil.AIRAH, A-Gas Australia 

Introduction of low-GWP refrigerants and blends including HFOs, which will hasten the demise of high-GWP HFCs in Australia

Dewerson will cover HFO solutions targeted at new equipment as well as retrofit options to reduce fluid GWP in existing systems. He will also discuss the trend towards natural refrigerants, which have become popular in the supermarket and industrial sectors. 

Dewerson has over 10 years’ experience in the industry dealing with the ever-changing legislative environment and is currently Commercial Manager at A-Gas Australia. 

  Robert Kebby, Honeywell (UK)

EU F-gas Regulations – Driving Innovation in Supermarket Refrigeration

Kebby will outline the impact of the EU F-gas regulations on supermarkets and will reference a number of case studies from Europe that have successfully managed these changes.

With over 35 years’ industry experience covering a variety of sales, product and marketing roles, Kebby moved from Australia to the United Kingdom in 1997. He is currently the Global Business Manager (Refrigeration) for Honeywell.  

  Caroline Lambert

European energy policy update

A global leader in climate action, the European Union has set itself ambitious GHG emissions reductions objectives. The EU and its 28 Member States are now legislating to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and eye emissions reductions of at least 80% by 2050. Our aim is to get rid of business as usual and revolutionise the way we think about energy, transport, buildings, agriculture, production and consumption. To meet this challenge, the strength of Europe lies in its diversity. We remain committed to sharing our experiences and supporting other countries in implementing their targets.

Since March 2015, Caroline Lambert is the European Union's Climate and Environment Counsellor in Australia. Before being posted to Australia, Caroline worked for five years in the private office of the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard.  

  Jonathan Jutsen

Optimising the cold chain

A2EP is leading a program to double our energy productivity.  They are conducting a project to determine the feasibility of using the internet and cloud computing to track food temperature ideally from the farm to home, but initially at least from farm or processing plant to supermarket.  This presentation will report on their findings to date.

Jonathan Jutsen chairs the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity and is also on the Board of ARENA.  He is a chemical engineer by training and has been working in energy efficiency and carbon mitigation for the past 35 years.  









There are still limited trade display places available. Please contact AIRAH at [email protected] or on (03) 8623 3000.


Etihad Stadium
Gate 6, Level D
Laureate Room
Docklands Vic 3008

Venue map (click to open)


How to get to the venue:

By train:
Alight at Southern Cross Station and cross the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge. When you get to the stadium, turn to your right, proceeding to Gate 6. Take the lift to Level D and follow the signs to the Laureate Room. 

By tram:
The Bourke Street, Collins Street, Latrobe Street and City Circle trams can be utilised to get to Etihad Stadium. Please refer to the map once you alight the tram to ascertain the direction you need to travel to and around the venue once you get to Gate 6. 

By car:
Enter the Etihad Stadium car park via Bourke Street – Car Park Entry A (left ramp). When you enter the car park, proceed all the way to the back of the car park. Turn right at Row T (blue pillars) and proceed to Gate 6. Take the lift to Level D and follow the signs to the Laureate Room. Pay booths are located at various hubs and must be paid for prior to exiting. 

Parking information: 
Early bird special
$18.00 – enter before 9.30am and exit between 1.30pm and 7.30pm the same day

Evening rates – Monday–Friday
$15.00 – enter after 5pm and exit by 6am next day

Hourly rates
0–½ hours: $10
½hr–1 hours: $20
1–2 hours: $25
2–3 hours: $30
3–4 hours: $35 
4+ hours: $40

By taxi:
Direct the taxi to stop on the Latrobe Street side of the venue. Proceed towards the venue and turn to your left, proceeding to Gate 6. Take the lift to Level D and follow the signs to the Laureate Room.


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Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, JCH Refrigeration Consulting
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
Rene Le Miere, Bitzer
Ben Quast, M.AIRAH, Oomiak