Besides investigating about the current situation of natural refrigerants training, the recent GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe 2017 asked the industry experts about their expectations for future developments of the supply and demand.

A majority from the total of 150 natural refrigerants training providers surveyed expressed great optimism related to the expected growth in the number of people trained on natural refrigerants per year. Four in five of HVAC&R industry experts expect to see this number increase in the next one to two years. Only one tenth of natural refrigerant training providers said that the numbers would remain the same, with a bare 5% of respondents saying that it will decrease slightly.

Moreover, more than 65 training receivers shared their expectations about future training. The majority showed great optimism for future developments, with over 70% saying they expect more people from their organisations to take up training on natural refrigerants in the next 1-2 years. Slightly less than one fourth of respondents noted that the number of trained people would remain the same.

High expectations for natural refrigerant training in the next five years.

The online survey also asked industry representatives how they expect the demand and supply for natural refrigerants training to change in their Region in the next five years. The findings indicate that the industry expectations for demand generally correlate with the expectations for supply, although it can be noted that the future demand is estimated to be slightly higher than supply.

The industry believes that CO2 training will see the highest increase in demand and supply over the next 5 years, with the majority stating it will grow either strongly or slightly. This is an indication that COis already on a strong growth trajectory and the industry has already fully embraced this fact.

Regarding hydrocarbons training, a large majority of respondents expect that there will be a growth in supply and demand in the next five years. Some respondents were unsure how the situation will evolve, which could be to some extent explained as uncertainty regarding the development of standards that currently limit the charge size for hydrocarbon-based equipment and thereby the growth potential of the technology. Another uncertainty factor is the acceptance of equipment using hydrocarbons among end users.

Out of the three natural refrigerants, the industry representatives expect the demand and supply for ammonia training to grow the least. Nonetheless, still a significant number of experts predict it will increase in the next five years.


Published on 8 May 2017, the GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe examines the state of training on natural refrigerants, including a detailed analysis of the offer and demand based on an industry-wide survey of over 340 individuals.

For more information and data about this topic and many more, click here to read the GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe 2017 .

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