These new standards cover MAC systems using HFO-1234yf refrigerant purity and safety, components design requirements, service equipment and certification procedures for system components, service equipment and technician training.
Using a Life Cycle Analysis approach, a scientific paper from the French Ecole des Mines on “Strategies for reducing the environmental impacts of room air conditioners in Europe”, analyzed various options aiming at delivering a lower “carbon footprint”.
Recent research on the manual stripping of the insulating foam of recycled refrigeration equipment concludes that the CFC 11 release is about 100 times greater with such manual stripping than when encapsulated shredders are used.
A well-known British consultant to the refrigeration industry claims that R404A should be eliminated from refrigeration applications, because it does not achieve the best energy efficiency in many applications and, with a GWP of 3,784 (note 1) is the highest of all the commonly used refrigerants, compared with R134a (GWP 1,300) and other HFC based blends.
At the 22nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, two draft decisions on amendments to the Protocol to address HFCs were tabled by the US...
A recent study “The Effects of Temperature and Use of Air Conditioning on Hospitalizations” suggests that people with air conditioners at home are less likely to develop serious heat-related illnesses - including pneumonia, cardiac disease and heat stroke - during temperature spikes.
The IIR International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has set up a “Working Party on the Mitigation of Direct Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in Refrigeration” – in short WP_MRE (Mitigation of Refrigerant Emissions).
Soon after the CO2 leak in a Swiss supermarket, two consecutive CO2 blasts happened in a UK supermarket chain. Hundreds of shoppers had to be evacuated from the stores, following explosions which happened when high pressure CO2 pipes ruptured.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had recently notified it refuses to accept hydrocarbons to be used to replace ODS refrigerants in air-conditioning systems, a decision made in consultation with the National Environment Agency.
In order to improve the effectiveness of the provisions of the existing F-Gas Regulation, and in the context of the current F-Gas Regulation review, EPEE has published a comprehensive Position Paper “Recommendations for improvement of the F-Gas Regulation” in which it identifies a number of issues that should be addressed to improve the Regulation and ensure further F-Gas emissions reductions.