Prominent industry advisor Ray Gluckman has launched a new consultancy to specialise in refrigeration, energy efficiency and climate change.
Gluckman Consulting Limited, based in Cobham, Surrey, will provide companies, trade bodies, government and EU organisations with specialist advice and support in relation to the impact of refrigeration on the environment, and the implications of new legislation for the sector.
Specific areas of expertise include alternative refrigerants, impact assessments for regulatory change, energy audits, leakage reduction strategies and change management for major end users, such as retailers and operators of industrial refrigeration.
For the past 25 years, Ray Gluckman has played a leading role in the industry’s response to climate change. In the early Nineties, he wrote the watershed March Consulting report on UK refrigerant usage, which quantified for the first time the scale of leakage from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
Ray Gluckman said: “The industry has been on a long journey in terms of the environment and climate change, and it continues to this day. It has been a bit like getting a super-tanker to change direction, and it has taken time to get to grips with change. That is now well under way and major strides have been – and continue to be - made. Under the new EU F-Gas Regulation, change will need to accelerate.”
He added: “The latest developments, particularly the phase-down in the use of HFC refrigerants, have very significant implications for end user companies and the equipment supply and contracting industry. Some crucial decisions will have to be made over the next few years, as major investments in cooling plant will have to take account of the ever-tightening squeeze on HFC availability.”
The new consultancy will offer specialist advice and support in four key areas:
- Refrigeration energy efficiency:
- Refrigeration design
- Climate Change policy