A need to balance increasing demand for cooling functions with more sustainable products and systems, as well as ensuring sufficient skills are introduced and retained across the industry, have been identified among AREA’s key objectives up to 2025.
Day-long event will help contractors understand handling and standards
Several dozen members of the US Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) are pushing for fresh federal legislation that would re-establish work to phase down the use of HFCs at a national level.
Diverse manufacturer GEA said it is exploring a possible sale of GEA Bock as part of the group’s continued focus on its strategic core markets – the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
AREA will this week set out its Vision 2025 strategy that will take a medium-term view of key challenges informing the organisation’s work.
Efforts to tackle overheating via passive design principles is among the focuses of new guidance for planning authorities to consider how buildings can be more sustainable, safer and better meet local priorities.
R454A system in Trafford Park store claims efficiency improvement over natural alternatives
A new survey looking to better understand attitudes towards women in the cooling sector, and how the industry can be made more appealing to a wider number of people with different backgrounds has been launched.
Manufacturers’ body publishes safe handling guidance for use of flammables in compression refrigeration circuits
This year’s 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards saw a host of innovations and initiatives being recognised by our judges, such as a retail project by Aldi to limit greenhouse gas emissions from its estate and AI solutions that can control and predict thermal behaviour in buildings.
Bitzer has signed a five-year collaboration agreement with shipbuilding specialist Fassmer which will see the two companies develop natural refrigeration systems based on carbon dioxide and Rankine Cycle technology, with organic rankine cycle systems providing energy from waste refrigeration heat.
Climalife has announced a new safety campaign for refrigeration engineers outlining basic handling tips during their work.
BESA president John Norfolk has said specialists working across the HVACR sector are facing a “perfect storm” of political and economic challenges moving into 2020 and beyond.
A predicted tripling of heat-related deaths in the UK over the next 30 years will require a drastic rethink of overheating in buildings and cooling provision in urban areas, a parliamentary select committee has warned.
Challenges posed by changes to product labelling that will impact refrigerants, as well as upheaval facing the cooling sector due to climate change, will be among key topics at the upcoming BESA National Conference.
Mitsubishi Electric has said that lower flammability R32 refrigerant will remain a vital solution to help industry curb its environmental footprint up until at least the late 2020s. The appeal of the gas as a readily available lower GWP solution could also then be further extended beyond the next decade in a blended form, the manufacturer has claimed.
The government has announced it will be delaying the introduction of a new process for receiving VAT payments by twelve months following concerns from the construction sector about introducing the changes.
The Women in RACHP Network has launched a survey intended to determine how the cooling sector can be made more attractive as a prospective career for women.
Indian refrigerant manufacturer SRF says it has obtained Ashrae certification for R467A, its new, low-GWP refrigerant blend for stationary air conditioning applications.
This month’s issue looks at neurodiversity and how growing awareness of supporting individuals with conditions such as ADHD and dyslexia may help the cooling industry to rethink how it tackles critical challenges.
Danish manufacturer Nowocoat has obtained a US patent for a solvent-free coating that builds on research into stealth jet technology in order to limit heat absorption from the sun and lower the overall temperatures in buildings.
The UK has secured a haul of medals at the WorldSkills Finals in Russia, where trained individuals compete to display high levels of skills in a range of disciplines such as cooling, plumbing and engineering.
Academics and specialists will look at new approaches for sustainable cooling solutions and policy that will fully or partially make use of solar power in ‘sun-rich’ countries
Honeywell says it is collaborating with controls and components manufacturer Sanhua to commercialise its non-flammable HFO R466A. The product is marketed as Solstice N41.
AREA has unveiled new guidance that introduces key features of the EN378 standard.
A new Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report for parliament has called for the urgent publication of a clear strategy to tackle overheating in both new and existing properties.
Efforts to eliminate HCFC use and reduce industry reliance on HFC refrigerant in line with the Montreal Protocol offers a significant opportunity to broaden workplace diversity in refrigeration and air conditioning, according to the UN.
The August edition of RAC Magazine considers how the cooling sector is facing up to these pressures by looking at new approaches to technology, controls and data-led systems that are coming to market.
Open deck technology specialist Applied Design & Engineering has weighed into the debate on doors on fridges, in the wake of the petition currently before the UK Parliament.
My editor’s comment from back in 2014 makes interesting reading, in the light of the current debate…
The Institute of Refrigeration has selected Graeme Fox and Mike Creamer as its two candidates for election as President-Elect.
The London Refrigeration Society has published its 2019-2020 programme, as the society, now more than half a century old, seeks to keep members informed of developments in cooling and to grow its numbers.
Internet suppliers who don’t ask for F-Gas documentation and arrangements for certification in the event of a No Deal Brexit are among the hot topics to be discussed by a high-profile line-up of experts, including perhaps the industry’s premier experts on the subject, Graeme Fox of Refcom and refrigerant policy consultant Ray Gluckman.
Cooling firms in Ireland have been warned that their UK-awarded certificates for F-Gas and ODS will not apply after October 31 if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
A petition calling on the government to put doors on open cabinets has received a cool response from BEIS. The petition from a member of the public, Jonathan Golding, passed the 20,000 signature mark. This response amount triggers a response from government.
The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) has partnered with the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) to revise the second part of its Guide to Good Commercial Refrigeration Practice with a focus on safety and environmental considerations.
Tesco is joining forces with Aerofoil Energy to both install Aerofoil shelf-edges and the technology company’s new Vortex-enhanced cabinets. The Vortex technology in the retailer’s new-build cases is claimed to deliver energy and carbon emissions savings to rival that of glass doored cases.
Preventing the use of illegal refrigerant and its potential implications for safety and operational performance are the focus of a new report from several key European cooling associations.
The EIA campaign group said it hopes to see the UK take an even stricter approach to curbing use of certain HFC refrigerant in the next few years over current F-Gas requirements.
FETA has appointed current British Refrigeration Association (BRA) president Mark Woods as its new chairman in a move expected to build on the group’s ongoing work to address environmental and Brexit concerns.
Ambitions at both a national and EU level to realise fully decarbonised buildings over the next three decades have come under fire from the HVACR industry for a lack of clear political action and consensus.
With the first World Refrigeration Day in June seeking to build greater awareness of the pressing challenges facing the cooling sector, July’s RAC Magazine looks at how industry is looking to embrace a need for alternative refrigerants and better overall compliance with EU F-Gas legislation.
The influential independent government advisory group the Committee on Climate Change has slammed the government for delaying publishing a route map for ’restricting the use of F-gases to the very limited uses where there are currently no viable alternatives.’
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee is to examine how the UK government’s estate is capable of meeting recent national commitments to be net zero by 2050.
The shortlist for the 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards has been unveiled with face to face judging set to commence in the coming weeks.
The Toshiba Carrier joint venture has announced the launch of a specially designed module for its 3-pipe VRF air conditioning technology that allows for water to be heated up to 82 deg C.
Community ‘cooling hubs’ that would address a range of needs, such as protecting food supplies, students and medicines from high temperatures, are to be trialled in India as part of a collaboration with clean cold academics.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has demanded greater powers for city authorities to set stricter carbon standards for its buildings as part of calls for stronger government intervention on climate change.
A joint global initiative between the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the UN Environment Programme has launched this week to support a range of developing nations to move to alternative refrigerant.
Expanded educational programmes covering some core fundamentals of cooling science and efforts to play up a range of sustainable innovations are some of the ways industry is celebrating the first ‘World Refrigeration Day’.