World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom

Products

Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology

Features

General articles, applications and industry analysis

HVAC plays vital sustainability role at Chester Zoo

UK: Mitsubishi Electric is to provide heating, cooling and ventilation equipment to Chester Zoo, the not-for-profit conservation zoo in Cheshire.

The partnership will see Mitsubishi Electric’s experts work with the zoo’s facilities and design teams to keep animals – like Chester Zoo’s critically endangered eastern black rhinos – warm. They will also provide heating, cooling and ventilation equipment in other buildings across the 128-acre site while reducing the zoo’s carbon emissions. 

Chester Zoo is a world-leading conservation and education charity that’s committed to preventing extinction and dedicated to raising awareness of conservation and environmental challenges. The zoo is aiming to be net zero in its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and net zero in its scope 3 emissions by 2050 at the latest. As part of this, it is actively working to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

“Right now we’re facing a global biodiversity and climate crisis. The time for action is now. That’s why it’s vitally important that, as a conservation charity that’s working to prevent the extinction of species worldwide, we lift our focus on sustainability to new heights,” said Chester Zoo’s head of sustainability Jennifer Kelly. 

“We know that we can’t be part of the problem that we’re trying to solve, and that’s where partnerships on sustainability are so important; collaborating to showcase best practice and inspiring others to act.”

The partnership was developed following two successful projects utilising Mitsubishi Electric equipment. The first involved air-source heat pumps, air conditioning and ventilation installed in the zoo’s new conference and events venue, The Square.

The second saw one of its rhino habitats, home to the critically endangered eastern black rhinos, heated by six Ecodan air-source heat pumps, which are manufactured in Scotland.   

“We need to keep our indoor rhino habitat temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees, but their home has big open doors, allowing the animals free movement to their outdoor habitat, which can lead to significant heat loss. The air source heat pump solution deployed shows the potential for heat pumps to be successful in challenging and unique environments,” Kelly said.

Each of the zoo’s buildings have very different requirements, based on their use, including the animals and species cared for in them. 

“We’re working with the zoo’s facilities teams to reduce carbon emissions and deliver energy efficient comfort across a diverse range of buildings with internal climates from African savannahs to South American rainforests,” added Mitsubishi Electric’s net zero design manager Chris Newman.

Chester Zoo is the most visited zoo in the UK, attracting around two million visitors each year, and was recently named as the best zoo in the UK by TripAdvisor. It was opened in 1931 and is one of the UK’s largest zoos. The 128-acre site is home to more than 37,000 animals and more than 500 species.  

Latest News

14th June 2024

Daikin polyvalent unit on R513A

BELGIUM: Daikin Europe is launching the new polyvalent cooling and heating unit for industrial and commercial applications. 
14th June 2024

EC seeks feedback on F-gas portal amendments

EUROPE: The European Commission is now seeking feedback on the amendments to the rules on registration for the F-gas portal as laid down in the new F-gas regulation.
14th June 2024

Amy Gittoes joins Climalife

UK: Amy Gittoes, the former commercial manager of the now defunct Hereford-based refrigeration company Arctic Circle, has joined Climalife UK.
14th June 2024

ECHA to consider PFAS impacts this year

FINLAND: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) evaluations of the impact of fluorinated HFC/HFO refrigerants under proposed new European PFAS restrictions are expected to take place in November/December.
13th June 2024

Uzbekistan customs stop R22 equipment

UZBEKISTAN: Customs officers in the Uzbekistan capital Tashkent have stopped the importation of process chilling equipment running on banned ozone-depleting refrigerant R22.
13th June 2024

Varying refrigerant blends boosts HP flexibility

SWITZERLAND: Researchers have found that varying the composition of refrigerant mixtures can enable heat pumps to generate different temperatures from different heat sources, while increasing efficiency by up to 25%.