USA: Emerson is to host a webinar drawing on the European experience as the US prepares for HFC phase down and the introduction of lower GWP flammable A2L refrigerants.
The recent passing of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act has initiated an HFC phasedown in the US and renewed the search for viable refrigerant alternatives. While those refrigerants classified as lower flammability A2L refrigerants and flammable A3 gases are among the leading alternatives capable of achieving regulatory requirements, the standards governing their use in the US have yet to be finalised.
Currently, several US industry working groups are in the process of evaluating A2Ls and A3s in equipment and field applications, including: UL 60335-2-89 (the equipment standard based on IEC 60335-2-89) and ASHRAE-15 (the application standard updated for commercial refrigeration based on ISO 5149) — both of which are approaching the final phases of approval.
However, in Europe, A2Ls have already been approved and widely adopted in commercial refrigeration applications, providing an opportunity for the US to learn from those experiences.
In its upcoming E360 webinar, Emerson will explore European retailer ASDA’s sustainability journey from HFCs to low-GWP A2L refrigerants. It forms part two of the AHRI’s webinar series, How to Not Only Survive, but “Win” the Refrigeration Industry HFC Phasedown.
Key points to be covered include defining and meeting sustainability goals and objectives, transitioning to A2Ls, applying A2L systems in a safe and effective way and understanding the impacts on store and equipment design, training, and maintenance.
In addition to the presentation from ASDA’s building model, engineering and energy senior manager Brian Churchyard, the webinar will feature advice from a number of experts and practitioners, including Emerson’s Dr Rajan Rajendran, Helen Walter-Terrinoni and Lauren MacGowens of AHRI, Tim Anderson of Hussmann and Stephen Spletzer of Chemours.
The webinar is being held on May 27 at 10:00 (EDT).
Further information and registration here.