Final preparations for launching the 2023 future:gas refrigerant roadshow are now underway, with tickets due to go on sale in early February. The automotive section of the tour will kick off in Auckland, NZ, on July 25 and end in Perth, WA, on September 6. A separate tour aimed at the stationary sector and facilitated Continue reading Tickets to future:gas 2023 on sale soon!
An indictment on the slow uptake of R1234yf in vehicles exported to Australia is that the same number of cars were found to have a full charge of R12 – banned since the mid-1990s – as were running YF in the latest annual mobile air-conditioning survey report produced by Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA). Produced using Continue reading Slow YF uptake and poor refrigerant recovery rates are cause for concern
The refrigerant safety panel at Wire & Gas provided a stark reminder to all in the automotive repair sector need to be vigilant about hydrocarbon refrigerants when working on air-conditioning systems, and to ensure they are not adding to the problem by contaminating their refrigerant cylinders with flammable mixtures. Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA) general manager Continue reading Automotive repair sector must remain vigilant of hydrocarbon refrigerants
In the six years since the first future:gas refrigerant roadshow took place, there have been changes of government on both sides of the Tasman, escalating uptake of electrified vehicles and unprecedented use of the word ‘unprecedented’ caused by a seemingly relentless barrage of plague, fire and flood. While all that has been going on, a Continue reading future:gas is back in 2023!
A truck driver at an underground mine in Queensland has sustained serious burns to their face, hands and chest from an explosion caused by the vehicle’s air-conditioning system, which was found to have been charged with hydrocarbon refrigerant. The incident happened on January 11 this year, while the worker was driving in the underground mine. Resources Continue reading QLD mine truck driver injured by hydrocarbon refrigerant blast
The European Commission (EC) has reputedly caused some confusion following the publication of a report that explores the adoption of hydrocarbon refrigerants in split air-conditioning systems as part of the European Union’s (EU) efforts to become climate-neutral by 2050. The EC concludes that, in sub-7kW split air conditioning systems, refrigerant-grade propane (R290) could be employed Continue reading European report prompts propane puzzlement
A Flammable Refrigerants Review project being undertaken by Weir Legal & Consulting has found 143 different standards, regulations and laws relating to flammable refrigerants during a ‘stocktake’ of legal instruments that control the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industries across every state and territory in Australia. Presenting the research results at a recent CCN Live conference Continue reading Need for flammables licensing highlighted by ‘stocktake’ of standards, regulations and laws
The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is developing new regulations that will require technicians to be licensed by WorkSafe if they work with flammable, toxic or very high operating pressure refrigerant gases in commercial and industrial refrigeration, heating or air-conditioning systems. These regulations are expected to be in place by mid-2021, with Continue reading NZ developing new licensing regulations for flammable, toxic and high-pressure refrigerants
NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Ground-breaking Australian research behind new automotive flammable refrigerants safety guide World-first study results in free guide to help automotive technicians work safely with flammable refrigerants GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA: A new guide on how to work safely on vehicles where it is known or suspected that flammable Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Automotive flammable refrigerants safety guide
VASA Vice-President Brett Meads delivered a talk to the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) conference about the causes and prevention of heavy vehicle fires in Sydney on August 15. Brett’s presentation provided an overview of the changes in refrigerants used in automotive AC applications, including the environmental drivers for these changes. Time was spent Continue reading VASA VP Brett Meads outlines refrigerant risks to ARTSA Heavy Vehicle Fire conference in Sydney