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.
According to a new Report from French research institutes ARMINES/ERIE, commissioned by EPEE, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions from refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment have decreased since 1990 and are set to decrease even further in the coming 20 years.
While dismantling an old refrigeration system in a brewery near Brussels, three workers from an outside firm cut a pipe still containing ammonia under pressure. They were surprised by the sudden release of ammonia from a pipe that was supposed to be empty.
UK ACRIB, representing key trade and professional institutes, has prepared a draft response to the EU Commission’s Consultation on the F-Gas Regulation Review, to highlight the most effective policy measures based effectiveness in the UK to date. Before a final answer is delivered to the Commission ACRIB would appreciate comments from the wider industry.
Fluorocarbons producers have warned customers to only purchase refrigerants from authorized suppliers, to prevent them from introducing counterfeit refrigerants containing toxic and flammable substances into their systems.
The EU Commission has recently published the data for the production, import, export and sales of Fluorinated Gases (HFCs, PFCs and SF6) in the EU in 2010.