A Working Party on Life Cycle Climate Performance Evaluation has been set up by the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)).
The first car to use HFO-1234yf instead of HFC-134a for its air conditioning system is already being sold in Europe, according to reports in the auto press.
The British Carbon Trust has published a Refrigeration Road Map.
A high performance innovative HFC-134a chiller, having recently received a UK Cooling Industry Award, has brought significant energy savings to its users.
After their adoption by the EU Ecolabel National Competent Bodies, in June 2011, Ecodesign requirements for domestic air conditioning appliances of up to 12 kilowatts have been published on March 10 in the Official Journal.
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) has received a first place award for the design of its HFC-based cooling system, featuring two 3,200 kW high-performance centrifugal chillers.
The Polish subsidiaries of one of the World’s largest Supermarkets chain have installed new commercial refrigeration systems using the HFC blend R-407F (containing HFC-32, HFC-125 and HFC-134a) in 75 stores, from which 60 are newly installed and 15 having been converted from R-404A (containing HFC-125, HFC-143a and HFC-134a).
HFO-1234ze, for which the US EPA has accepted a GWP of only 6, is being used as a propellant for non flammable technical aerosols.
A British supermarket chain, previously committed to hydrocarbons refrigerants, has decided to test an HFO-1234ze chiller in one of its stores.
Most accidents are due to equipment failures or human errors. These factors reinforce the fact that for each refrigerant use, and particularly those with dangerous properties, accidents must be minimized by high technical standards, good maintenance of installations and adequate training.