A rapid drop in industry reliance for R404A refrigerant seemingly in favour of lower GWP alternatives has shown the effectiveness of EU F-Gas regulation to tackle HFC use. However, experts warn that industry still must address major challenges around energy efficiency and counterfeit trade.
The European Commission is in the process of ensuring regulators have more teeth to tackle a black-market refrigerant trade that industry argues is undermining efforts to curb use of higher GWP refrigerant.
A decision by Channel Tunnel management to implement new technology that makes use of HFO products to cool the structure is said to have reduced energy usage by 4.8 GWh over the course of 2017 when compared to its previous solution.
The EURIS advisory body, which brings together manufacturing and mechanical engineering bodies such as BEAMA and FETA, has this week launched a new network with EU counterparts intended to alleviate potential market disruption by creating a single industrial voice on key Brexit ambitions.
A significant number of regulatory compliance challenges linked to the trade of specialist goods such as cooling equipment and other related components will need to be addressed as a result of the UK government’s intention to leave the European Customs Union.
Our industrial refrigeration round table sponsored by Chemours brought the industrial supply chain debate together to debate low-GWP options, refrigerant availability and the sector’s ‘special challenges’. Ian Vallely reports
Experts at our annual supply chain debate were of a consensus that end users have to plan now to exit higher-GWP gases, reports Ian Vallely
Report from major doctors’ groups finds ’significant public health burden’ of pollution and makes recommendations for policy change, including improving Indoor Air Quality
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CIBSE’s Building Performance Conference and Exhibition was dominated by talks on BMS security and the influence of occupant behaviour on building performance
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The latest strategic document from Birmingham University’s Policy Commission is a roadmap setting out what it believes needs to happen to technology between now and 2030. Andrew Gaved takes a look
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The newly formed North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council aims to break down the barriers to natural refrigerant selection
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BSRIA’s Future Building Trends – Impacts – Solutions white paper gives an in-depth insight into where the HVAC industry is heading
Johnson Controls has worked with IT giant Cisco to provide closer integration between the BMS and the IT systems. The approach has paid dividends in making the data more accessible, as RAC reports
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A district heating scheme in Finland is using waste energy from a computing centre, via heat pump technology, to heat 1,500 homes
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Such was the performance of the cooling technology employed at an expanded flagship data centre, there was no need to retain chiller technology onsite
With growth in data centre demand set to continue unabated, the focus on using efficient cooling technology is becoming even more important, says Lone Hansen
The benefits of ejectors in the refrigeration vapour compression cycle aren’t just applicable to CO2 systems, says Daniel Clark
European policymakers and researchers alike are putting their collective minds to the challenge of reducing the energy produced by cooling and heating in buildings. Andrew Gaved reports
The operating cost per unit for evaporative cooling is low compared with air conditioning technology, but its benefits can be very application-dependent, says Reginald Brown
The lack of compliance in building inspections suggests many managers are still not getting on board to reap the benefits. Salim Deramchi of BSRIA goes back to basics