“Keep cool and carry on” is the message from the UN Environment Programme as it celebrates World Ozone Day today (Sunday).
The European Association of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Contractors (AREA) has warned of illegal imports and black market trade in refrigerants in some EU member states. The industry group was responding to a public consultation on the effectiveness of regulating ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in Europe.
AREA has raised concerns about a illegal imports and black market trade in refrigerants in a submission to the European Commission.
The Selangor government has ordered an ice factory to move away from residential areas after an ammonia refrigerant leak killed two workers and injured 18 others last Monday.
Rising costs and market shortages have led to increasing reports of thefts of refrigerant from commercial premises across Germany.
Plans to mark June 26 every year as World Refrigeration Day is continuing to gain support from around the world.
With European authorities still reluctant to recognise the extent of illegal refrigerant sales, the Cooling Post has uncovered large amounts of illegal R134a being sold in Germany.
Over 1.1 billion people are said to face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling.
Support for an annual World Refrigeration Day on June 26 to mark the industry’s contribution to society is growing.
Last week the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) warned that the degradation of HFO R1234yf – which is widely used in mobile air-conditioning systems – into trifluoroacetic acid (TFA; the atmospheric by-product of HFOs) could contaminate the water supply as the HFO cannot be removed after contamination has taken place.
The attorney generals from eleven US states have filed suit against the EPA for “effectively rescinding” regulations prohibiting the use of HFC refrigerants.
Eurovent Certita has announced new product certification programmes for beverage coolers and IT cooling units.
Registration is now open for the 2019 AHR Expo, which returns to Atlanta in January for the first time since 2001.
A group of Republican senators have written to US president Donald Trump urging him to send the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants to the Senate for its consideration.
The host country of the European Union, Belgium, has become the 38th nation to ratify the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants.
An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.
All nations including the US and India will certainly ratify a key 2016 climate deal, hugely important for fighting climate change, UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim said.
An ozone depleting CFC refrigerant, thought to be virtually extinct following Montreal Protocol phase outs, has mysteriously reappeared in increasing amounts in the atmosphere.
New findings from a study released this week in Nature report that emissions of CFC-11, the second most abundant ozone-depleting gas controlled by the Montreal Protocol, have unexpectedly increased in recent years, despite a global ban on production since 2010.
New air conditioning efficiency standards are needed if the world is to avoid an energy “cold crunch” from the growth in cooling demand in coming decades.