The EU Commission’s Draft Proposal 643(2012) for the revision of the existing F-gas Regulation 842(2006) was made public on November 7, 2012.
A recent consultant study, carried out on behalf of EPEE, has investigated the potential costs and the reduced greenhouse gas emissions from an HFC consumption phase-down in the EU.
An ASHRAE technological achievement award was delivered to the “Montréal Biodôme”, Quebec new energy recovery and energy transfer system, based on HFC-134a heat pumps.
A R410A based hybrid rooftop air conditioner adapted to hot-dry climates by utilizing indirect evaporative cooling to increase cooling capacity has been certified to pass the rigorous Western Cooling Challenge performance requirements to reduce peak electrical demand by 40% compared with current US federal standards.
EPEE (European Partnership for Energy and the environment) has published an elaborate Position Paper giving its position on the Revision of the F-Gas Regulation.
ARAP’s (The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy) has published a new brochure entitled "Industry's Actions to Responsibly Meet Society's Needs: Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Thermal Insulation and Other Applications.”
A US EPA Presentation at the 2012 Workshop for SF6 Emission Reduction Strategies shows the success of Voluntary Emission Reduction Initiatives to reduce the emissions of high GWP fluorinated greenhouse gases (FGHG), including SF6 from EPS (Electric Power systems) and also of PFCs from the Semiconductors industry.
According to the 2011 AGGI (Annual Greenhouse Gas Index) greenhouse gases inventory, over the last 32 years, the overall growth of their total climate impact has been steady at a constant 0.034W/m2/year (99.6% certain). At this rate, by the end of this century, the climate impact will have doubled.
An HFC-based refrigeration system has been chosen for the recent London 2012 Olympics Main Stadium, a decision in line with the recommendation by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, allowing HFCs to be used when safe, technically feasible, cost effective, energy efficient and more environmentally acceptable alternatives do not exist.
In an academic study that evaluated experimentally both the direct and indirect contributions to global warming, a CO2 refrigeration unit has been shown to have a larger TEWI than a commercial HFC-134a.