Refrigeration 2018 Conference

Refrigeration 2018 Conference
The AIRAH Refrigeration 2018 Conference will build on the success of the Refrigeration 2017 Conference held in Melbourne. Over 140 delegates attended the 2017 conference, and AIRAH is looking at expanding on the topics and discussion that were held in Melbourne.

The conference will include sessions reviewing the latest developments regarding legislation, technologies, and a multitude of industry-specific case studies. 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.
26/03/2018 - 27/03/2018
Endeavour Grand Ballroom
Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Cnr The Grand Parade and Princess Street
Brighton-Le-Sands, NSW 2216 Australia

Key dates

  • Final abstract submissions close – October 6, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – October 23, 2017
  • Program released – November 24, 2017 
  • Speaker paper submission – December 15, 2017
  • Speaker PowerPoint submission – February 28, 2018
  • Refrigeration 2018 Conference – March 26–27, 2018.

Call for abstracts

AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2018 Conference will be held in Sydney on March 26–27, 2018. The conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:
  • The Australian and international HFC phase-down 
  • Future thinking – the path towards carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Synthetic, low-GWP refrigerants
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability 
  • Energy efficiency of synthetic, low-GWP refrigerants
  • Energy performance bench-marking 
  • Transcritical CO2 systems and the Australian climate
  • Refrigerant inventory reduction
  • Legislation/standards/licensing/training – developments in Australia and internationally
  • Environmental impacts of synthetic, low-GWP refrigerants
  • Risk management associated with the use of flammable refrigerants
  • Case studies on projects 
  • Re-use and recycling of refrigerants – environmental benefits/the importance of meeting standards
  • Heat pumps
  • Site visit locations in the Sydney area

By submitting an abstract, speakers are also agreeing to submit a technical paper and PowerPoint presentation before the conference should their application to present be successful. The conference committee has the final say on accepted presentations. All submissions must include a 300-word abstract, a 100-word condensed abstract, 100-word biography and high-resolution author photo. Abstracts should be emailed to the AIRAH Conference and Events Coordinator by Friday, October 6, 2017. 


Note: early-bird prices close on January 31, 2018.

AIRAH members early-bird
AIRAH members            $660  
Early bird non-member    $660
Non-member       $770  
Student member     $195  
Student delegate    $255  

Registrations will open soon.



Prof. Dr Armin Hafner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Keynote speaker

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Prof. Dr Armin Hafner is a Professor in Refrigeration Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Professor Hafner’s main fields of expertise include refrigeration and heat pump technology, CO2 technology for various applications; supermarkets, industrial heat pumps, transport refrigeration; system design for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, (stationary and automotive); compressor, ejector and compact heat exchanger technology; working fluids, with emphasis on natural working fluids, CO2, NH3 and hydrocarbons; life-cycle climate performance of various energy systems.

Professor Hafner has more than 100 international and national publications within the area of refrigeration and process engineering.

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Andrea Voigt, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE)

Keynote speaker

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In the EU alone, heating and cooling represents 50 per cent of annual energy consumption. Over 80 per cent of the emissions of heating and cooling equipment are related to energy consumption.

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling is Europe’s regulatory framework to address the energy efficiency of products. Ecodesign product initiatives “push” manufacturers to develop products that fulfill minimum energy-efficiency performance requirements (MEPS). Energy labelling, on the other hand “pulls” consumers to buy the most energy-efficient equipment.

Alongside the energy-efficiency requirements, F-Gas Regulations stipulate a very ambitious HFC phase-down, requiring a rapid move towards lower-GWP refrigerants. Steep steps will occur as soon as 2018 and 2021, requiring an HFC consumption reduction of more than 50 per cent compared to the baseline of 2009–2012.

The EPEE Gapometer has been developed to draw up a roadmap on how to achieve the ambitious requirements of the phase-down, and to measure whether or not market reality matches the roadmap. Results are now available. They show that significant progress has been made, but that it is necessary to further accelerate the transition towards lower-GWP refrigerants to avoid severe product shortage and price increases.

Overall, the major challenge is to get the balance right between energy efficiency, the transition towards lower-GWP refrigerants, safety, and cost. If this does not occur, not only will the environment suffer, consumers and industry will also be harmed.

Concepts such as the “Least Life Cycle Cost” have an important role to play when setting legal requirements on energy efficiency. Standards and buildings codes must reflect regulatory changes, and allow for the use of more flammable refrigerants. And to guarantee the safe use of all products and refrigerants, training for installers and personnel needs to be adapted.


Andrea Voigt was appointed Director General of the EPEE, the voice of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, in 2009.

She guides EPEE member companies towards strong common positions, and represents the EPEE at meetings with decision makers at European institutions, member states’ governments and industry business leaders. She is also building up and further strengthening the EPEE’s network within the European and international association landscape.

Prior to joining the EPEE, Andrea had been working in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry for more than 15 years, holding various functions in the fields of marketing, communication and public relations. A German national, Andrea is fluent in English and French, holding degrees in public administration (MPA), applied linguistic science (MA) and marketing.

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Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Cnr. The Grand Parade and Princess Street
NSW 2216



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Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.

Conference committees

Technical Organising Committee

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
Graeme Dewerson, Affil.AIRAH, A-Gas Australia
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, JCH Refrigeration Consulting
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
René Le Miere, Bitzer
Ben Quast, M.AIRAH, Oomiak

Organising Committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH


For further information about the Refrigeration 2018 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email