Tag: SightGlass News Issue 5

57 submissions sent to the Department of the Environmentin response to Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme options paper

Ozone review options paper draws broad industry, community input As expected, the Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme options paper consultation drew a large response from a broad range of industries, with 57 submissions sent to the Department of the Environment. More than half the submissions explicitly supported an HFC Continue reading Options paper gets 57 responses

$100K US EPA fine for another hydrocarbon pedlar

Kansas-based truck industry supplier Northcutt faces a $US100,000 fine and the withdrawal of its hydrocarbon refrigerant products from the United States market in a consent decree lodged by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a Finding of Violation (FoV) sent by the EPA to Northcutt in June 2014, the company was accused of selling unapproved Continue reading $100K US EPA fine for another hydrocarbon pedlar

Mitsubishi Triton in wrecking yard

A report commissioned by the Department of the Environment into the release of refrigerants from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in Australia estimates that 166 tonnes of high global warming potential R134a and 21 tonnes of ozone-depleting R12 were emitted in this way during 2013. That is equivalent to 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, based on Continue reading End-of-life vehicle refrigerant study out soon

Stuart Charity

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has been busy campaigning for broader access to vehicle repair information since issue 5 of SightGlass News. Frustrated by the slow response of car companies to share data – with only Holden offering a portal that satisfies the and eight others providing insufficient information – the AAAA has taken Continue reading AAAA loses patience on repair data sharing

Sanden fined for price fixing in US

Numerous car parts suppliers implicated in rigging racket The US Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into price fixing and bid rigging in the automotive parts industry intensified last year with the Japanese supplier Sanden Corporation fined $US3.2 million ($A4.7m) for conspiring to fix the prices of air-conditioning compressors sold to Nissan.  According to the department, Sanden Continue reading Sanden fined for price fixing in US

SEMA Garage

The peak industry body for the automotive aftermarket sector has welcomed the Turnbull government’s new $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) which promises more funding for new business ventures, promotes innovative research and rewards risk-taking in order to build a more entrepreneurial culture in Australia.  For industry, a key part of the wide-ranging Continue reading AAAA welcomes National Innovation and Science Agenda

David Appel, president Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems

Developed countries have an equally critical role as developing countries in addressing the serious economic, social and environmental problems associated with food waste, according to experts at the recent World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste. Around 130 delegates from 35 countries attended the two-day summit in Singapore, where global leaders in the supply Continue reading Cold chain vs food waste

Smart fabric technology

A new ‘smart fabric’ billed as providing a form of climate-control air-conditioning for the wearer looks to have potential for use in car seat upholstery. Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland claim to have developed a new high-volume production method for hot embossing microscopic channel structures onto large areas of plastic film Continue reading Wearable AC tech for car upholstery?