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News Archive - June 2013

Latest SAE tests say R1234yf risks are very small 27 June 2013
USA: The latest SAE cooperative research project (CRP1234) into the safety of R1234yf in car air conditioning systems has confirmed that the risks are still very small compared to the risks of a vehicle fire from all causes and well below risks that are commonly viewed as acceptable by the general public.

Heat pumps have vital role in emissions reduction targets 27 June 2013
UK: In a new report suggesting that the UK will fail to meet its carbon emissions target, the Government Committee on Climate Change has criticised the inadequate levels of investment in heat pumps, describing heat pumps as an important option for meeting carbon budgets.

Developing nations and the huge HFC23 time bomb 25 June 2013
USA: China and India are expected to release vast amounts of HFC23 - a high GWP by-product of the production of the refrigerant R22 - into the atmosphere, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Kathy Cumella RIP 24 June 2013
UK: It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the passing yesterday (Sunday) of former Climate Equipment marketing manager Kathy Cumella.

HFC ban: "a dark day for democracy" 21 June 2013
EUROPE: The UK air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers' body, FETA, has accused the European Parliament's Environment Committee (ENVI) of side-stepping the democratic process in an attempt to force through an HFC ban.

It's coming! Daikin announces first R32 unit for Europe 20 June 2013
EUROPE: Daikin has announced that Europe will see its first air conditioning heat pump using the "mildly flammable" refrigerant R32 as early as this autumn.

WR Refrigeration is top performer with RG Group 17 June 2013
UK: WR Refrigeration has been ranked as the top performing contractor in the UK refrigeration industry, according to an analysis by the RG Group, a company specialising in retail construction for major supermarkets such as M&S, Waitrose and Morrisons.

AREA fears F-gas ban on pre-charged equipment is doomed 16 June 2013
EUROPE: Contractors fear that the proposal to ban the manufacture and supply of pre-charged refrigeration and air conditioning equipment within Europe is unlikely to succeed.

EPEE warning as green groups press for 2020 HFC ban 15 June 2013
BELGIUM: The industry group EPEE is urging the European Parliament to reject pressure to introduce a ban on HFC refrigerants in next week's Environment Committee meeting on possible changes to the F-gas regulations.

Amazon to expand online food delivery business 06 June 2013
USA: Amazon is reported to be looking to expand its AmazonFresh online food delivery business in the US and, if successful, could replicate the business in other parts of the world.

Government calls on retailers to freeze out HFCs 06 June 2013
UK: Gregory Barker, the minister for climate change, has announced that the government is to set up a taskforce to look at potential energy savings in the retail sector and has called on retailers to get rid of HFCs.

Luvata to invest Euro5m in new European plants 06 June 2013
FINLAND: Heat transfer equipment manufacturer Luvata has announced plans to build a new greenfield facility in Serbia to manufacture its smaller, higher-volume heat exchangers, and plans to establish its first European coil-coatings plant in Italy.

M&S reduces refrigeration gas carbon emissions by 60% 06 June 2013
UK: Marks & Spencer reduced its store refrigeration gas carbon emissions by 51,000 tonnes CO2e in 2012/13, down by 60% compared to 2006/07.

Space Engineering celebrates 25 years 05 June 2013
UK: One of the leading refrigeration contractors Space Engineering Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month with a party for its 600 staff.

Tonkinson headlines at IoR Northern dinner 04 June 2013
UK: Comedian Paul Tonkinson, a massive hit at the ACR News Awards in 2012, makes a welcome return to the refrigeration industry as guest speaker at the forthcoming IoR Northern Branch dinner on September 26.

Looking for the hot topics in refrigeration and air conditioning 03 June 2013
UK: The organisers of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show (ACR Show) have launched a call for papers for the high profile seminar programme being held alongside the show, which takes place at the NEC 11-13 February 2014.

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