CHINA: Chinese manufacturer Midea has received an environmental protection award from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for its work in developing propane air conditioners.
Over the past 10 years, Midea has cooperated with UNIDO on a project aiming at replacing ozone-depleting R22 with propane (R290). The company has invested over $7m in converting a production line to R290-powered products. In addition, 83 of its labs are now dedicated to research around RAC with low GWP refrigerants.
Midea is said to have sold more than 1,000,000 R290 air conditioners into the European market since their first introduction in 2014, with more than 200,000 already sold in China. The company says its R290 production line has a potential output of 750,000 units per year.
The award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Protection recognises Midea’s efforts which are estimated to have phased out 13.2 tons of ozone-depleting potential and reduced 967,490 tons of CO2 equivalent emission per year.