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

Shecco calls for stronger phase down

BELGIUM: The “natural” refrigerants media group Shecco has called for a far more stringent agreement on HFC refrigerant phase downs than that achieved at Kigali.

In a recently published position paper, Shecco, the media group behind the successful series of Atmosphere conferences, called the Kigali amendment a step in the right direction, but falling short of the high level of ambition boasted of in the run-up to the meeting.

“The pace of the Kigali HFC phase-down is slow – almost too slow,” the company says in a statement. “The deal does not place enough emphasis on the opportunity to leapfrog HFCs in favour of new natural refrigerant-based technologies that are cost effective, energy efficient and readily available.”

It claims that with the technology solutions available now, developed countries could achieve their phase down of 15% of their baseline far more quickly than the Kigali agreement date of 2036.

“Necessity is the best stimulant for innovation, but the amendment is weak on necessity,” it says.

Shecco laments that the recent agreement will be difficult to change, with future alterations likely to require new decision texts rather than becoming part of the Montreal Protocol itself.

Also, as the HFC phase-down is measured in CO2 equivalents Shecco maintains that this leaves the door open for the chemical industry to push new HFO/HFC blends onto the market “whose GWP is still rather high” and reduces industry’s incentive to shift away from HFCs.

Shecco is also critical of the exemptions for high ambient temperature countries will be able apply for exemptions from the HFC phase-down. “Innovation is quickly eroding arguments that high ambient temperatures compromise technological efficiency,” Shecco maintains in its statement.

Latest News

27th February 2024

Leak detection software attracts $5m funding

USA: The refrigerant leak detection software created by San-Jose-based Axiom Cloud has attracted $5m in funding to accelerate deployment of the technology.
27th February 2024

Midea opens showroom in New York

USA: Chinese air conditioning and heat pump manufacturer Midea has opened its first national showroom and distribution centre in New York.
27th February 2024

European heat pump sales down 5% in 2023

EUROPE: After a decade of increases, heat pump sales in Europe fell by around 5% in 2023 – and market analysts are expecting this downward trend to continue this year.
26th February 2024

Modine buys Canadian AHU manufacturer

USA/CANADA: Modine has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian air handling unit manufacturer Scott Springfield Manufacturing. 
26th February 2024

Stulz partners on immersion cooling

GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: Stulz Modular, the data centre design, build and maintenance services provider, is cooperating with Dutch immersion cooling specialist Asperitas in the field of liquid cooling.
26th February 2024

Brian Streatfield 1936-2024

UK: Brian Streatfield, a man who was instrumental in the formation of Carrier in the UK during the 1970s, died at the weekend. He was 87.