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Walmart Refrigeration Head Outlines Strategy Based on Reduced Refrigerant and Packaged Solutions

Retail Giant Looks for Reduced Refrigerant Charge and Leakage, Simpler Systems, and Simplified Processes
July 21, 2014

Richard Royal, Walmart’s senior design manager for refrigeration, has set out the global retail giant’s strategy based on increasingly packaged equipment, closer collaboration with the supply chain, and integrated controls systems. 


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China Reveals Energy Plan Slashing HFC Use

Government Intends to Accelerate the Destruction of HFCs and Pursue Alternatives
July 7, 2014

China has said it will drastically cut HFC emissions by 280 million tonnes of CO2 — similar to the annual carbon footprint of Spain.


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UK Considers Organic Rankine Cycle

Brunel University Researchers Ponder Country’s Energy Capacity Concerns
June 23, 2014

Energy that is recovered can be used in another part of the process or can be converted to “high value” electrical power. A technology that can achieve the latter is the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC).


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The New F-Gas Is Here. Don’t Panic. Don’t Do Nothing

Want A Quiet Life After R-22? Think Again – It’s Time to Embrace a New Way of Working
June 9, 2014

Welcome to year zero. The waiting is over and the F-Gas regulation has passed into law and life as we know it changes forever. Over-dramatic? Well, it will be a dramatic shift for everyone in the industry who thus far have somehow managed to avoid all the noise from the supermarkets about the need to move away from HFCs.


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European HFC Producers Support Global Phase-Down under Montreal Protocol

EFTC Calls for a Reduction in HFC Consumption
May 19, 2014

HFC producers’ body, the EFTC (European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee) has issued a position paper encouraging adoption of the proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol for a global HFC cap and phase-down.


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IOR Conference Examines the State of Refrigerants

Programs Established to Reinforce Importance of Leakage and System Performance
April 21, 2014

The IOR chose the subject of refrigerant containment for the re-launch of its annual conference, enabling it to assess progress and examine technology. 


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R-22 Phase Out — HCFC’s Final Orders

Now is the Time to Act and Replace R-22
March 17, 2014

Europe is now only a year away from a total ban on R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). And the European HVAC industry has to act fast to get the message across to customers.


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India Blocks HFC Phasedown; Spain Approves F-Gas Tax

March 17, 2014

India has continued to block the move for a global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown at a meeting of Montreal Protocol nations due to concerns over cost and availability of technology.


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