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

UNIDO partnership targets refrigerants

JAPAN: The UN’s development organisation is to cooperate with Japan’s refrigerant conservation group JRECO to identify and fund climate-friendly technologies.

In a joint statement, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Japan Refrigerants and Environment Conservation Organisation say they have agreed to join forces in an effort to combat global warming through the introduction of climate-friendly technologies in the refrigerator and air conditioning sector.

Backing by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, they will identify technical cooperation project opportunities to be implemented with funds from the Government of Japan. The agreement falls under a support scheme to enhance bilateral cooperation between UNIDO and Japan under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

“Technological advancements and innovations are indispensable in order to increase energy efficiency in the RAC sector while reducing the use of global warming substances,” said Masato Sakui, JRECO’s Managing Director. “The training of technicians is also necessary in order to adapt to fast-changing technical specifications.”

Established in 1993, JRECO was enlarged in 2013 from a merger with JICOP (Japan Industrial Conference for Ozone Layer and Climate Protection) and INFREP (Industrial Network for Fluorocarbon Recovery Promotion). It is now seen as a “one-stop” site for fluorocarbon issues and measures in Japan, promoting the rational use of fluorocarbons and minimisation of emissions.

“Japanese industries in the RAC sector have valuable expertise for accelerating the replacement of harmful refrigerants with low global warming potential alternatives,” said Ole Nielsen, chief of UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division. “JRECO can play a catalytic role in promoting the transfer of the technologies from Japan to the countries working with UNIDO so they can manufacture more energy efficient and safer RAC equipment using alternative refrigerants.”

Latest News

25th February 2024

Home heat pump install for newly-trained engineers

UK: A UK charity is proposing to give newly trained heat pump installers an air-source heat pump to install in their own home.
23rd February 2024

Hoshizaki acquires 25% stake in Fogel

PANAMA: Japanese refrigeration equipment manufacturer Hoshizaki has acquired a 25% stake in Fogel Company Inc, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment based in Republic of Panama, for US$28m.
22nd February 2024

Large capacity ULT chiller using neon refrigerant

SOUTH KOREA: Researchers claim to have developed a large capacity ultra-low temperature industrial chiller which, in tests, has achieved a 10kW cooling performance at -100℃.
21st February 2024

CCF publishes election manifesto

UK: In a new manifesto ahead of this year’s general election, the Cold Chain Federation (CCF) is calling for future government’s to take action to recognise the industry’s crucial contributions.
21st February 2024

Sanhua extends expansion valve applications

SPAIN: Sanhua’s SEC HD electric expansion valve controller is now compatible for a variety of applications with 29 commonly used refrigerants, including CO2, hydrocarbons and HFCs. 
20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.