During ATMOsphere Asia 2016 in Tokyo, Japan, policy experts outlined the latest regulatory developments in Japan and other regions, such as Europe, North America and China. Training of technicians was highlighted as a key activity to support the uptake of natural refrigerants in Japan and South Asia, where countries have a tremendous opportunity to leapfrog HFCs and directly adopt long-term natural refrigerant technology.
With several policy developments in the pipeline, in 2016 China will repeatedly underline its intention to facilitate a comprehensive market shift towards natural refrigerant technology. In February, the final version of ‘The First Catalogue of Recommended Substitutes for HCFCs’ is expected to be officially issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The draft document had…
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a final ruling on energy efficiency standards for refrigerated bottled or canned vending machines (BVM) – which use natural refrigerants hydrocarbons and CO2 – following a 2015 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban R134a from use in the application from 1 January 2019.
Manufacturers and end users of natural refrigerants broadly welcomed the historic climate agreement reached among nearly 200 countries at COP21 in Paris last weekend (12 December). They see business opportunities in delivering a zero-emission economy and in reducing HFC use to help keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
Delegates attending UNFCCC climate talks in Paris clinched a historic deal this weekend (12 December), uniting all the world’s nations in a single agreement to tackle climate change for the first time. The consensus, reached among nearly 200 countries at COP21 in Paris, aims to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius. Wider use of natural refrigerants could help to deliver that target.
In light of ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in California, electricity supplier Southern California Edison (SCE) is making natural refrigerants central to its plans by evaluating the energy savings delivered by natural-refrigerant technologies. Through the state’s Refrigerant Management Plan, senior engineer at SCE Paul Delaney explains in the latest edition of Accelerate America how the utility plans to implement meaningful change.
On 7 April, on the eve of China Refrigeration 2015, one of the largest trade shows in the HVAC&R industry shecco organised the first ever ATMOsphere Network Shanghai. Supported by Danfoss and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the event gathered over 60 experts from industry, research institutions and government, who gathered to discuss the latest natural refrigerant trends in the world’s largest HVAC&R market. The event also featured a preview of the upcoming bilingual English-Chi
Revised criteria for the “Blauer Engel” (Blue Angel) label will require data centres with cooling demands higher than 50 kW to use natural refrigerant-based cooling systems or systems that do not require refrigerant.