NEXT Series: Heatcraft's Ali foresees U.S. natref market growth

By Andrew Williams, Jan 13, 2017, 10:00 2 minute reading

The refrigeration expert does not believe Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency will have an immediate impact on the HVAC&R market in the United States.

Donald Trump’s inauguration as his country’s 45th president will not have an immediate impact on the uptake of natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions in the United States, Masood Ali of Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration told this website.

“There will be a lull for some time until the new administration in the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets its direction and takes its stance,” said Ali, global leader of the Center of Excellence for Alternative Systems at Heatcraft – a manufacturer of transcritical CO2 and ammonia/CO2 cascade systems.

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He nonetheless predicts that, “the market for natural refrigerants in North America will continue to see growth despite the lack of incentives or regulations” – due in part to business investment and policy already in place in big states such as California.

“California will continue to push for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and there will most likely be pressure on the EPA not to make drastic changes to the policy implemented by the previous administration,” Ali predicted. 

“Even if we assume, under rare circumstance, that the new administration will change EPA policy (by applying brakes or reversing decisions), I do not see any impact on the growth of natural refrigerants that has been taking place,” said Ali – not least because “the retailers who are implementing natural refrigerant technology were doing so on a voluntary basis”.

The market for natural refrigerants in North America will continue to see growth despite the lack of incentives or regulations."
-  Masood Ali, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration

In Europe, Ali observes that natural refrigerants have already become “the standard” for new supermarkets. “We also expect to see [their] uptake for [store] remodels, which has been a challenge in the past,” he said.

“Even though in 2017, natural refrigerant [solutions] may not be the mainstream technology, [they] will continue to evoke interest from retailers for field trials and continue to be adopted by those who are already implementing the technology,” Ali said.

By Andrew Williams

Jan 13, 2017, 10:00

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