ST. LOUIS — Emerson announced that its E360 Webinar series, “The Journey to Lower-GWP Refrigerants," will include five webinars designed to prepare food retailers and other industry stakeholders for the U.S. phasedown of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. The series, which kicked off with the webinars “Regulatory Update: The Latest in Refrigerant Rulemaking and Safety Standards” and “The Role of Emerging Refrigerants Alternatives: CO2, A2Ls, and R-290,” is designed to provide food retailers with strategies to achieve compliance of federal refrigerant mandates by exploring refrigerant and equipment options that align with their operational and sustainability goals. 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandate went into effect as of January 1, 2022. As the refrigerant transition continues to sweep across the country, food retailers are busy determining which alternative refrigerants will form the bases of their future refrigeration strategies. Unlike the previous generation of commercial refrigeration equipment, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will solve most retailers’ requirements. Corporate sustainability goals are also informing the evaluation process, as many companies seek to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using lower-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and improving refrigeration system energy efficiencies.

“Among the most likely emerging refrigerant alternatives include proven natural refrigerants — such as CO2, or R-744, and the hydrocarbon R-290, aka propane — as well as a new group of synthetic A2L options,” said Rajan Rajendran, global vice president of sustainability at Emerson. “Although these HFC successors offer the necessary GWP reductions, they introduce new performance characteristics and system architectures designed to address a wider variety of store formats and retailer requirements.” 

The E360 Webinar series includes: 

Regulatory Update: The Latest in Refrigerant Rulemaking and Safety Standards

Now available on demand

Rapidly evolving refrigerant regulations are reshaping the commercial refrigeration and AC industries. Learn about the regulations that will impact you and find a path forward on your journey to lower-global warming potential (GWP) refrigeration.


The Role of Emerging Refrigerant Alternatives: CO2, A2Ls and R-290

Now available on demand

Attendees will explore refrigerant options that meet CARB and future federal regulations in food retail and foodservice applications. They will also be given guidance about how to make a refrigerant transition decision and learn about the tools that can help inform their process. 

Presenters: Kurt Knapke and Katrina Krites


Setting the Stage for Adoption of A2L Refrigerants in Commercial Refrigeration

Tuesday, August 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT — register here

Attendees will gain information on adoption and regulations of A2L refrigerants, weigh refrigerant options, review controls and mitigation requirements, and learn about ongoing testing to evaluate A2L refrigerant capabilities.

Presenters: Jennifer Butsch, Joe Summers and Mike Hill


Navigating the CO2 Landscape in Commercial Refrigeration

Tuesday, August 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT — register here

Attendees will learn about the drivers of CO2 adoption as well as examples of recent CO2 installations and integrated solutions. The webinar will overview tools, information, and resources available to optimize CO2 refrigeration systems, including the overview of a recent climate study Emerson completed.

Presenters: Andre Patenaude and Brent Cheshire


Applying R-290 in Commercial Refrigeration Applications

Tuesday, September 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT — register here

Attendees of this webinar will learn about R-290 adoption trends, its advantages and disadvantages as well as this refrigerant’s safety considerations. It will also cover the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval to increase charge limits on stand-alone commercial refrigeration equipment. 

Presenters: Katrina Krites, Jeff Lichty and Justin Miles


To register or learn more about any of the free webinars in this series, go here.