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Refrigerants & Reclaim

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Oct. 24, 2014: Emerson Climate Technologies Launches E360 Initiative

Provides Customers with Resources Necessary to Stay Ahead of Issues Impacting Commercial Refrigeration

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. announced that it has launched E360, an initiative to help commercial refrigeration customers address the many issues and challenges facing them today.


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Oct. 24, 2014: DuPont Introduces New HFO Refrigerants for Commercial Refrigeration

New Refrigerants Offer Low-GWP Alternatives

DuPont Fluorochemicals has announced the introduction of three new refrigerants in its DuPont™ Opteon® family, based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology. The company said these refrigerants have far lower global warming potential (GWP) than the products they are designed to replace.


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Oct. 20, 2014: EPA Steps Up Phaseout of R-22 Refrigerant

Final Rule Slashes Production, Importation Come Jan. 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final phase down schedule regarding production and importation of HCFC-22 refrigerant. It calls for an immediate drop come this Jan. 1 from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015.


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New Era Dealt Setback in Court of Appeals

Push to Accelerate R-22 Phaseout Hits Roadblock

Basically, the court ruled against New Era in this regard on the technicality that New Era “did not address these issues in its response to the motion for summary denial.”


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Developing Next-gen Refrigerants

It’s Time to Get Involved in the Ongoing Development of New Refrigerants

The HVACR industry is always exploring new options that may lead to more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly refrigerants to keep facilities — and the people and technology in them — comfortably cool.


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Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

Security Measures Crucial as Phaseout Deadline Draws Near

As the pending EPA phaseout diminishes supplies, the demand for R-22 is likely to increase, which may trigger additional criminal activity.


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Research, Development Driving Refrigerants

Refrigerants Being Tested in Various Applications and Settings

With the industry facing an apparent shift to low-GWP refrigerants, the performance of those gases is being carefully studied.


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Ingersoll Rand Cuts GHG Emissions

Company Aims to Reduce GHG Footprint 50 Percent by 2020

Ingersoll Rand’s Commitment to Action will avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions that can result from powering nearly 2 million homes for one year.


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HVAC Industry Commits $5 Billion to Refrigerant Plan

Manufacturers, Organizations Look to Reduce Hydrofluorocarbon Use 80 Percent by 2050

AHRI representatives said the HVACR industry is committing $5 billion over the next decade to research and develop new refrigerants and equipment to help accomplish the phasedown.


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Carrier Studies Natural Refrigerants in Europe

Study Decodes Key Drivers For and Against Sustainable Refrigeration

The study seeks to provide a clear picture of the key drivers for and against the adoption of sustainable refrigeration and refrigerant options, and the effects of legislation.


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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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