Tag : low GWP
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.
Implementing recently approved amendments to increase the hydrocarbon charge size for refrigerant allowed in cooling cabinets may take some time to be implemented in the UK, Martyn Cooper of FETA has said.
Research into the potential use of solar energy and waste heat sources to generate cooling functions and ensuring improved efficiencies for lower GWP refrigerant were among several projects honoured at the IOR’s 119th annual dinner in London yesterday (February 21).
Cooling industry bodies including European contractors’ association AREA have called for the European Commission to amend F-Gas regulation so that the export provision of pre-charged equipment manufactured in the EU be exempted from the current phase down quota.
Emerson urges action as half of SME retailers surveyed say they haven’t yet started work on transition
A current lack of skills in the use and implementation of low GWP refrigerant and systems has been identified as one major challenge to transitioning to cleaner and less carbon intensive cooling during world’s first ‘clean cold’ congress in Birmingham this week.
The EU-funded ‘REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE’ project, which promotes the use of lower GWP refrigerants such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and low flammables, has published updated guidance on its website around assessing health and safety risks from switching products.
FETA has identified ensuring a continued supply of refrigerants and mirroring commitments to European F-Gas regulations as major concerns for the UK cooling industry as talks continue over defining the country’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU.
Chemours has argued that the limited availability of cooling technology specifically designed for lower GWP refrigerants is proving to be a key barrier in helping industry meet EU F-Gas reduction commitments.
A US Federal Appeals Court decision to overturn an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling branding HFC use for refrigeration as ‘unacceptable’ will be temporarily suspended until judges choose whether to hear formal petitions against the case.