Government structures

Save the date: eurammon Symposium 2018

It is one of the key dates for the refrigeration and air-conditioning branch: on 28 and 29 June, operators, planners, system engineers and an interested trade audience will all come together in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, for the eurammon Symposium 2018.

Italy starts EU F-Gas Regulation implementation

On 16 March, the council of ministers of the Italian government on the initiative of the Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Minister of Environment Gian Luca Galletti, approved a much-awaited preliminary measure to implement the EU F-Gas regulation in Italy (No. 517/2014).

Will new EU legislation boost NatRef adoption?

Introduced on 30 November 2016 by the European Commission, the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package is a set of legislative measures to support the clean energy transition in the European Union. Accelerate Europe explains in the latest issue how this will affect market for natural refrigerant based equipment.

California adopts U.S. SNAP regs on HFCs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week adopted a regulation prohibiting the use high-GWP HFCs refrigerants, thereby maintaining in California the HFC prohibitions previously established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

UNDP backing green HVAC&R technologies

To help countries phase down HCFCs, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), one of United Nations‘ investment implementing agencies works towards facilitating technology changes in recipient companies. “For the moment, we engage with companies to commit to reducing the use of mostly HCFCs – and tomorrow HFCs,” says UNDP’s Etienne Gonin, programme analyst (Europe/CIS, Arab states and Africa), Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit.

Legislative and policy options to control hydrofluorocarbons

UN Environment OzonAction is assisting all developing countries (Article 5 under the Montreal Protocol) through its networks of National Ozone Officers (146 developing countries), clearinghouse and capacity-building activities to implement their national hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase-out. OzonAction supports efforts to phase out HCFCs, adopt non-ozone depleting, non global warming and energy-efficient alternatives in a safe and sustainable manner, ultimately protecting our common global property – the Earth’s ozone layer.

Climate Change Is Causing the Seafloor to Sink

If there’s one thing we’re learning about this global planetary experiment called climate change, it’s that there are unexpected consequences. Case in point: All of the water pouring off Earth’s melting ice sheets is making the oceans heavier, so much so that seafloors are literally sinking. And that could be messing with our measurements of global sea level rise.