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Chemical Companies Investing Millions as Countries Agree to Phase Out HFC Gases

Chemical companies including Honeywell and Chemours are scaling up efforts to make low global warming coolants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators, following a global deal to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbon gases.

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Major Companies Phase Out HFCs as Montreal Protocol Meeting Kicks Off

Man-made greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — and how to phase down their use in commercial refrigeration and other equipment — will be the topic of the Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this week. The EPA says HFCs can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. … Read more »

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Grocery Stores Slash Emissions with Honeywell’s Low Global Warming Refrigerant

Festival Foods, one of the largest independent grocery store chains in the US Midwest, is the first supermarket chain to build a new store with refrigeration equipment designed to run Honeywell’s reduced-global-warming refrigerant, Solstice N40 (R-448A). This will lower the store’s emissions as well as its electricity bills. Festival Foods … Read more »

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Trader Joe’s to Pay $2 Million to Reduce Coolant Leaks, Curb GHG Emissions

Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has agreed to spend $2 million to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators at 453 of its stores to settle federal claims that it violated the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty under the proposed settlement with the US Department … Read more »

ASHARE Seeks Industry Input on Refrigerant Safety Standard

ASHRAE is seeking industry input on a proposal to modify portions of its refrigeration safety standard to incorporate subclass 2L flammability classifications. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2013, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems, specifies safe design, construction, installation and operation of refrigeration systems. The 2010 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety … Read more »

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EPA Rules Target Refrigerants’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday announced several new actions that aim to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The agency proposed a rule that would improve the way refrigerant is sold, handled, recovered and recycled. The proposal would strengthen the existing requirements for handling … Read more »

Chemours Commercializes Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants

Chemours’ two Opteon refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP) are now commercially available in the US. These chemicals are the first in a portfolio of low GWP stationary refrigerants that the company says it will introduce to the US in the next few years. The EPA recently approved these … Read more »

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Honeywell Refrigerant Approved for Use in Supermarkets Ahead of EPA Regulations

Honeywell’s Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant has been approved for use by the EPA in applications ranging from stand-alone refrigeration systems to commercial refrigeration. The EPA has also broadened approvals for the company’s Solstice N13 (R-450A) refrigerant, allowing it to be used in new vending machine applications. The EPA approved the new … Read more »

Recycling HFCs ‘Can Eliminate Billions of Tons of GHGs’

If 30 percent of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) refrigerants are reclaimed for re-use by 2040, approximately 18 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent would be prevented from reaching the atmosphere over the next 25 years, according to a white paper released by EOS Climate. HFCs are powerful greenhouse gases when released to … Read more »

Linde Group Subsidiary to Blend, Distribute Low GWP Refrigerants

Technische Gase und Gasetechnik (TEGA), a subsidiary of the Linde Group, has signed an agreement with AS Trust & Holdings to blend the ASHRAE-listed hydrocarbon refrigerants HCR188C/R441A and HCR188C/R443A. TEGA, based in Wurzburg, Germany, will have exclusive blending rights within the European Union. Work is underway for the TEGA blending … Read more »

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VW Using CO2 in Air Conditioning Systems

Volkswagen has ordered air conditioning systems that use CO2 as a coolant for its VW Phaeton and the Audi A8, the Frankfurter Rundschau reports. In March 2013, VW, Daimler, Audi, BMW and Porsche originally announced plans to develop CO2 technology as a more climate-friendly refrigerant for air conditioning systems. VW … Read more »