Who is the ARA
The ARA is an independent non-profit association comprised of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HVACR) professionals and organisations that deliver superior HVACR services. The purpose of the ARA is to advance the science and practice of refrigeration, in the national interest, in all of its applications, in the development of its methods and technology, and in its uses in the community.
Our members and we aim to deliver energy efficiency and emissions reduction in HVACR: commercial and environmental sustainability. We believe Australia has the potential to reduce the cost of HVACR services by $10B PA and reduce national emissions by 7% from HVACR alone. We will deliver solutions and assistance relevant to all participants in the HVACR supply chain including design & assessment, mechanical engineering, heat load and energy management, training, commercialisation, installation, operation & maintenance, and disposal.
The future of the HVACR industry is clear. To deliver energy efficiency and emissions reduction the industry needs to transition to natural refrigerant-based technology and the associated management practices and technologies that deliver sustainability in HVACR. The ARA is a member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition that advocates for the phase out of HCFC refrigerants and the phase down of HFC refrigerants. We are also a member of the Australian Energy Efficiency Council.
We will work with other HVACR industry peak bodies, user groups and government (all levels) to achieve these objectives by focusing on the following drivers.
Awareness – make the industry, governments and HVACR users aware of the need for a comprehensive strategy for sustainability and the considerable economic benefits.
Commercialisation –support the development and growth of technologies that deliver HVACR energy efficiency and emissions reduction.
Funding & Finance – identify ways to fund the significant activities required and the resources and programs required to deliver safe, efficient and sustainable HVACR practices. This includes innovation in financial structures that enable accelerated investment in HVACR transition to sustainability.
Information – compile and make available the many sources of information required to address each sector including standards, codes of practice, training materials, legislation requirements, and research and development requirements. This includes the measurement and verification – to validate the performance claims of technology providers.
Training – develop training systems and resources that address the tens of thousands of people and organisations that will need educational assistance to achieve these outcomes.
Planning – advocate for policies that deliver these outcomes including the need for industry collaboration and the need for an integrated strategy addressing these functions.
Legislation – identify the legislative tools required and the associated enforcement mechanisms. Recommend and gain the support of the Federal, State and Local Governments recognising the need for nationally consistent policies and practices.
R&D – identify the priorities for R&D by sector and programs to address these research needs by accessing both international achievements and domestic research capability.
The ARA and its members are committed to providing factual, science based policies and technologies that enable the HVACR industry to be both cost effective and environmentally sustainable. We will tell it like it is in the commercial interest of our members and in the economic and environmental interest of the country.