12-13 of April, 2013, the seventh National Congress of the “Ecoholod” Republican Public Association (RAC) was held in Bishkek.
The ministry for the environment of Germany considers necessary the development of transport CO2-based air-conditioning systems
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany made a statement about the continued development of transport air-conditioning systems based on the natural refrigerant CO2 instead of using doubtful alternative R1234yf.
Poland is “the real challenge” to a European agreement on carbon cutting targets for 2030, the UK energy secretary has warned.
A new report calls for a wholesale change in the way engineering is promoted in UK schools. The report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers “Five Tribes: Personalizing Engineering Education” is calling on government, teachers, industry and science technology engineering and maths (STEM) organizations to take into account young people’s diverse values and attitudes to try and inspire them about engineering.
At the upcoming meeting in April Russia will propose ministers of Natural Resources of the BRICS countries to create a platform of public-private partnership for the implementation of “green technologies”, through the Development Bank, according to the materials of the Ministry of Natural Resources available to the RIA Novosti news agency.
UNEP has produced two guides to assist article 5 countries in their phase-out of HCFC refrigerants.
A new EU proposal to phase-down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol could have the potential to unlock negotiations, according to a leading green group.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon has backed efforts to reduce HFC emissions, describing action as being essential to combat climate change.
The European Commission has opened a public consultation to evaluate the effectiveness of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
The EPA has announced that low GWP alternative refrigerants R450A, R448A, R513A and R449A are to be approved for use.
Refrigerant producers, refrigeration equipment manufacturers and green groups have welcomed the US EPA’s usage bans on high GWP HFCs.
With new US HFC refrigerant bans about to become law, industry pressure has delayed measures which could have banned R134a and R404A from the end of this year.
A settlement has been reached in the court case between the AHRI and the US Department of Energy’s energy efficiency standards for commercial walk-in coolers and freezers.
The standards of training and knowledge set by the European F-gas regulations are proving attractive to non-EU-member states.
New initiatives on reducing the consumption of HFC refrigerants are expected to save the emission of more than 1 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2025.
New proposals by the US EPA will see a tightening of HFC refrigerant emission, venting and sales laws.
The European Commission is to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to apply the MAC Directive.
With the US facing restrictions on higher GWP refrigerants, ASHRAE is looking to modify its safety standard to incorporate “mildly flammable” A2L gases.
With the advancing worldwide phase out of HCFCs, UNEP’s OzonAction Division of Technology has produced a factsheet (in English and Russian languages) on the safe use of the new alternatives.
Companies have been warned that increasing fines for serious breaches of health and safety laws could lead to the closure of offending businesses.