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European Legislation Landscape Won't Get Any Easier, Says New HEVAC President

HVAC Industry Needs to Tackle the Skills Shortage to Meet the Challenge of Tougher Regulations and Standards
By Andrew Gaved
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Graham Wright, the new president of heating and cooling manufacturers’ group HEVAC has called on the industry to tackle skills shortages and to keep supporting training, if it is to meet the challenge of increasing legislation.


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Global A/C Market Starting to Warm Up

BSRIA World Air Conditioning Market Trends Reveal Increased Sales Worldwide
By Julian Milnes
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In 2013, the world air conditioning market was valued at $91.6 billion, having grown more than 6 percent compared with $86.8 billion in 2012 — evidence that the global a/c market is finally out of the woods. 


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Swegon Claims European Compact AHU Leadership with Purchase of Belgian Specialist

Scandinavian HVAC Supplier Swegon Continues Its Acquisitions with the Purchase of Air Handling and Heat Recovery Specialist P. Lemmens
By Andrew Gaved
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Acquisitive HVAC firm Swegon has added air handling unit specialist P. Lemmens’ to its portfolio. The firm’s largest product area is compact air handling units with built-in controls. The product range also includes fans, air curtains, and products for heat recovery.


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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
By Andrew Gaved
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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
By Julian Milnes
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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
By Julian Milnes
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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
By Andrew Gaved
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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
By Andrew Gaved
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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
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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
By Peter Dinnage
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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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