The HVAC&R industry is faced with a high level of uncertainty in 2019. There is an intense focus on impending regulation and the pressure to adapt to technology needs around the globe. The world of refrigerants is complex, and there is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. There are several points to keep in mind before making any refrigerant decisions.
If fully supported by governments, the private sector, and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The new “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All” report, released by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), outlines recommendations on how to increase access to affordable and sustainable cooling solutions throughout the world.
Driven by Kigali and the European F-Gas regulations, the transition to next generation lower GWP refrigerants is well underway in Europe and Asia. Emerson has been working closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), chemical companies, and global industry technical groups to determine the best low GWP refrigerant options for various air conditioning and heat pump applications globally.
Many in the HVACR industry seemed a little surprised when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently denied a petition that asked the court to revisit its August 2017 decision, in which it was mandated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act.
Dynatemp International, Inc., a privately held supplier of refrigerants and refrigerant recovery services announced that it wholly supports the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Dynatemp urged the U.S. to support its ratification along with the 20 other countries who have endorsed the amendment.
The UN Economic Commission for Europe has estimated that, by 2050, the world’s population will reach about 9 billion — 70 percent will live in cities, which equates to adding 235 cities the size of Paris. This, combined with rising global temperatures, will result in a boom in demand for cooling devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, and a corresponding surge in energy demand, which will create additional impacts on the climate.
Make way for the new class of refrigerants that await its entry in the global commercial markets. These are not the generic class of compounds that have been haunting the dreams and discussions of active environmental activists and forums respectively. When the world is out on the hunt for fresh additions to the list of already known refrigerants in the market, their approach is fixated to a singular point of product development — aim at coolants with low-global warming potential (GWP).