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Refrigerants & Reclaim

Sept. 25, 2014: HVACR Associations Organize Global Refrigerant Management Initiative

Initiative Will Work to Improve the Management of Refrigerants and Reduce Leaks

Three of the world’s leading HVACR associations, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and Brazilian Association for HVAC-R (ABRAVA), announced the formation of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit.


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Sept. 24, 2014: Buehler’s Fresh Foods Recognized by EPA’s Greenchill Partnership

Becky Foster of Buehler’s Received the Awards Based on Her Efforts with Dan Steffen of Harrison Refrigeration

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced that it has been recognized with two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Partnership Awards for 2013. The company received the Most Improved Emissions Rate award and the Superior Goal Achievement award.


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Sept. 22, 2014: Natural Refrigerants Make Sense in Supermarket Applications, Says Carrier Study

Survey Provides Insights from European Food Retail Professionals

Almost two-thirds of large supermarkets surveyed in northern and western European countries now use natural refrigerants in their stores, according to a new report issued by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe. The research finds that this trend is being driven by industrywide sustainability policies that are outpacing legislation.


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Considering CO2

Contractor Looks at Benefits

Hank Bonar, owner of Bonar Engineering and Construction of Jacksonville, Florida, provided the following as part of his response to a story on refrigeration trends in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of The NEWS. A portion of this was used in that story; here, Bonar’s comments are presented in their entirety.


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‘Last’ Gen Refrigerants Being Developed

Focus Is on Low-GWP Options

Contractors hoping for a final word on the newest refrigerants will have to wait — but maybe only a bit longer. Research continues and most of the studies are focusing on low-GWP HFCs and HFOs. But the good news is that what is currently being worked on could well represent the last generation of refrigerants.


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Coolers and Concerns

Manufacturers Report on Refrigeration Developments

A couple of manufacturers in the refrigeration sector — Mainstream Engineering and ICOR — are making announcements of developments in that sector.


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Supermarket Seminars Stress Training

Focus Includes Operation and Application

Nowhere in refrigeration has change taken place faster in terms of system design and refrigerants than in the supermarket sector. But through it all, those who design, install, service, and maintain such changing technologies still need to understand how these systems’ components operate and how to do proper maintenance.


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HVAC Industry Lays Out Refrigerant Plan

AHRI Asked the Government to Set the Objectives and Work Together with Industry

HVACR industry associations, manufacturers, end users, and fluorocarbon producers met with senior White House officials to show support and voluntary commitments to phase down HFCs. Industry coalition the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy and the White House hosted the event Sept. 16 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.


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EPA Targets High-GWP Refrigerants in SNAP Proposal

R-134a, -404A, and -507 Face Proposed Use Restrictions in 2016

The rule deems certain HFC refrigerants unacceptable in specific applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016. 


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Manufacturers Explain Refrigerant Directions

Brochures, Case Studies, Define Refrigerant Technologies, Applications

Commercial refrigeration systems, whether utilized in supermarkets or restaurants, seem to be constantly changing. 


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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