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Global climate tech forum launched

A new organization, the Global Forum for Advanced Climate Technologies (globalFACT), has been created to be resource for information on advanced climate technologies and the role these technologies play in helping achieve lower global warming potential (GWP) while offering energy efficiency, cost and safety benefits for the HVACR industry and end users.

Advanced climate technologies include next-generation HFOs and blends, and select HFCs with lower GWP compared to previous products. These solutions for refrigerants, propellants, and blowing agents significantly reduce total climate impact, and maintain or improve energy efficiency, affordability, and flexibility to enable use for a wide variety of applications and climates.

“Globally, the HVACR industry, product manufacturers, OEMs, and end users are in a period of transition as they work towards phase-down requirements. Advanced climate technologies can, and should, be part of the conversation on choices that help protect the environment while meeting the demand for safe alternatives. globalFACT is a resource to highlight the choices that are available, and to provide credible information moving forward,” said globalFACT executive director, Jordan Smith.

Karim Amrane, industry expert and president of KA Consulting Services, noted: “Transitions are happening around the world, and there is a significant need for readily accessible information on advanced climate technologies. globalFACT will help fill that need by bringing together research, news, and practical information to help people understand all options and make informed choices based on facts.”

Last month, during the FMI: Energy & Store Development Conference in Atlanta, globalFACT unveiled its first white paper, Selecting the Right Refrigerant for Commercial Refrigeration: Achieving High Performance While Reducing Environmental Impact, which aids in the decision-making process when choosing alternative refrigerants in commercial refrigeration equipment. The group also rolled out a cost calculator that calculates the electricity costs and total emissions based on characteristics of a commercial refrigeration system.

Both the white paper and the cost calculator can be found on the group’s website, globalFACT.org. The website also features a resource centre consisting of articles, case studies, white papers, and other information on advanced climate technologies. As part of its mission to provide a forum for discussion of advanced climate technology options and usage, globalFACT is engaging with members of the HVACR industry and end user communities to gather input and recommendations on the programming and resources that would be of most interest.

“Purchasers are evaluating all solutions that help their companies meet environmental requirements and the business imperatives of reducing costs, increasing energy efficiency, and maintaining high safety standards. They need better access to comprehensive information on alternatives as they do that. That’s what globalFACT will provide,” added Mr Smith.

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