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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 »

EPA Approves New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

The EPA has approved new refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. Under the authority of the Clean Air Act, the agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program evaluates substitute chemicals and technologies that are safe … Read more »

DuPont Chemical Plant Fined

DuPont has been fined $531,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations at its chemical manufacturing plant in Deepwater, New Jersey. The EPA fined DuPont for improper maintenance and repair of two large refrigeration units. When properly maintained, the systems are designed to minimize chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from leaking into the environment. … Read more »

Diageo Commits to Water, Carbon Cuts

Alcoholic beverage company Diageo has committed to return 100 percent of wastewater from its operations to the environment. This pledge is one of the company’s 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020. Among the environmental targets: Reduce water use through a 50 percent improvement in water … Read more »

Companies to Phase Down Potent Greenhouse Gases

Coca-Cola, Target, DuPont, Honeywell and other major companies along with the White House have announced a series of commitments to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The companies say they will begin a rapid phase down of R-134a and similar chemicals. The … Read more »

Unilever solar-powered freezer

Unilever Tests Solar-Powered Freezers

Unilever is testing commercially viable solar-powered ice cream freezers in New York’s Central Park. The company, whose brands include Popsicles, Good Humor and Mangum ice cream bars, says when officially rolled out the freezers will be the world’s first. Unilever has already purchased about 1.5 million freezers. The freezers are … Read more »

‘Greener’ Magnetic Cooling Method

A team of Canadian-Bulgarian researchers have developed a method for magnetic cooling that’s far more efficient and “greener” than today’s standard fluid-compression form of refrigeration. The method relies on solid magnetic substances called magnetocaloric materials to act as the refrigerant in miniaturized magnetic refrigerators. As the team describes in the journal … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Kodak’s ISO 50001, ASHRAE Refrigeration Guide, LEED

Kodak‘s Osterode, Germany manufacturing plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard, with certification by UL DQS. Kodak recently announced that the plant would be expanding capacity to meet demand for Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates, which the company says are more sustainable because they completely remove the chemical processing step … Read more »

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Members of UK retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in buildings, water and refrigeration. The other  … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Refrigerator Standards, Fracking Settlement, Lockheed Cleanup

The Department of Energy yesterday issued proposed energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment and for walk-in coolers and freezers. The rules could cut energy bills by up to $28 billion and cut CO2 emissions by over 350 million metric tons over 30 years, the White House said. Hydraulic fracturing fluids … Read more »

Efficiency Standards: What’s Next?

Today we’re looking in greater detail at the energy efficiency goals for appliances and federal buildings that President Obama set out in his climate plan this week. (Yesterday, we looked at policy proposals for HFCs, and before that, carbon standards for power plants.) The plan pledges that all appliance and federal … Read more »

Efficiency Standards in Limbo

Why should sustainability professionals care who’s leading the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs? Because that function, part of the Office of Management and Budget, is tasked with reviewing federal regulations and, supposedly, “reducing paperwork burdens.” And because a number of environmental and energy regulations have been sitting at … Read more »