E-learning and training on alternative refrigerants 

REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE

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The European F Gas Regulation of 2014 encourages wider adoption of alternatives to high GWP HFC refrigerants and this evolving programme led by the IOR  provides information on the safe use of alternatives:

  • A2L HFO rfrigerants
  • hydrocarbon
  • carbon dioxide
  • ammonia
  • R32 


Guides to alternative refrigerant use

Free resources including nine "REAL Alternatives" learning booklets can be downloaded free at www.realalternatives.eu 

The website also has a library of additional resources and links to useful events and news about alternative refrigerant use.



E-learning programme

See the IOR's free e-learning programme covering the safety, efficiency, reliability and containment of low GWP alternative refrigerants – Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, Hydrocarbon and low flammables (HFOs and R32). There are 9 Modules in the programme and a Course Description shown on the e-learning platform.

Learning modules currently available:

1. Introduction to Alternative Refrigerants - safety, efficiency, reliability and good practice (MANDATORY)

2. Safety and risk assessment (MANDATORY)

3. System design using alternative refrigerants

4. Containment and leak detection of alternative refrigerants

5. Maintenance and repair of alternative refrigerant systems

6. Retrofitting existing systems

7. Checklist of legal obligations when working with alternative refrigerants

8. Measuring the financial and environmental impact of leakage

9. Tools and guidance for conducting site surveys

Register for the e-learning here


Materials are being translated into Polish, Italian, Dutch/Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Spanish, Croatian, Czech/Slovakian, Turkish and Romanian. If you are interested in helping to provide additional language translations as a National Lead please contact us.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and materials included therein reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.