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
VASA is proud to announce that Peter Coll, the President of VASA’s North American counterpart Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS), will be travelling from the United States to attend Wire & Gas 2022. Peter Coll will be participating in the industry panel session with MAC Partners Europe President Michael Ingvardsen (from Denmark) and VASA Continue reading More Wire & Gas speakers announced as final countdown commences!
Investigators have found that the Queensland underground mine where a worker was injured by hydrocarbon refrigerant igniting in their truck’s cabin earlier this year had been using the highly flammable product since “around 2010”. This is despite unauthorised hydrocarbon refrigerant retrofits being outlawed in Queensland under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004. Continue reading Queensland mine trucks had been using HCs for a decade before blast injured driver: Investigators
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
A petition calling for restrictions to be lifted from the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in Queensland, submitted to the state Parliament by One Nation MP for Mirani Stephen Andrews in August, has been given short shrift by Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham. The petition, which gathered 588 signatures, made Continue reading Claims Made in Pro-HC Petition Debunked by Queensland Minister