The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new legislation that will start the nation’s phase-down of environmentally harmful HFCs. Its first step in the proposal will be to establish baseline HFC manufacturing and consumption levels, enabling proper reduction targets to be developed. The EPA’s proposed plans further involve assessing and deploying ways to Continue reading EPA moves to phase down HFCs In United States
Honeywell has announced that industrial enclosure and air conditioning specialist Philip Doyle Manufacturing (PDM) will use its Solstice N15 refrigerant. Based in Ontario, Canada, PDM will employ the N15 refrigerant in industrial air-conditioning systems designed for applications such as overhead cranes. N15 is designed as a replacement for R134a, R227ea and R124 and an HFC/HFO Continue reading Cranes cooled by N15
Technology will help stem illegal sales, reduce influx of illicit refrigerants EFFORTS to counter the extensive illegal refrigerant trade in Europe are about to be bolstered by a new advanced software system from the United Kingdom. The system, which will be developed by online trading specialist Vistalworks, will be designed to automatically find and identify Continue reading Refrigerant robocop
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued for rolling back hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) leak prevention and repair requirements from 2016. The lawsuit, filed by the international non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is hoped to prevent the move as part of ongoing efforts to ease the climate crisis. HFCs are extremely powerful greenhouse Continue reading Clash over US HFC regulations
The illegal refrigerant trade in Europe is extracting a heavy toll on legitimate business on both sides of the Atlantic. As a case in point, the profits of US-based refrigerant and chemical specialist Chemours fell from $10.1 billion in 2018 to $8.4 billion in 2019, with the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) black market cited as one of Continue reading Trade in illegal refrigerant hits hard
The red R134a sticker on a refrigerant line fitting in the image above is found under the bonnet of a cutting-edge electric vehicle that is selling well in Australia. The Hyundai Kona. Inset is a J639 label from another hi-tech EV, the Jaguar I-Pace, sold in Australia carrying 850 grams of R134a. The Kona uses Continue reading Car-makers keep using high-GWP refrigerant
VASA’S North American counterpart MACS has received reports of Chinese vehicles being sold into Uruguay with air-conditioning systems labelled as using the refrigerant blend R415b. This refrigerant is 25 per cent R22 (an ozone-depleting HCFC) and 75 per cent R152a (an A2-rated flammable HFC). It is reportedly installed in seven-seat minivan type vehicles sold in Continue reading Chinese vehicles using R415b?
What’s wrong with this picture? The Australian flag and Australia Post logo on a one-shot DIY can of R134a for a start. This is just a selection of illegal R134a found on Australian eBay during a quick search by SightGlass News. And they seem to be selling rather successfully! We found more of the same Continue reading Illegal refrigerant trade Down Under?
The end of Australian car production by Ford, Holden and Toyota has not resulted in greater uptake of R1234yf refrigerant, according to the latest Cold Hard Facts report commissioned by the Department of the Environment and Energy. Cold Hard Facts (CHF) is a detailed examination of the Australian refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) industry, with the Continue reading Slow YF uptake increase since end of Aussie car-making
California has voted to pass a new act that will reduce the use of “super-polluting” HFCs in an effort to cut global warming. The announcement of the new California Cooling Act comes as a great relief to many. Recently, the Trump administration has begun unwinding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) legislation that aimed to cut the Continue reading US fight over HFC use rumbles on