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A new official report shows a continued decrease in the concentration of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere and confirms a continued recovery of the ozone layer. 

The findings of the study are being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures.

The study, Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018, is produced every four years by the World Meteorological Organisation and backed by the UN Environment Programme, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the European Commission. It was presented at the opening of the 30th Montreal Protocol meeting in Ecuador, yesterday.

Its findings show that actions taken under the Montreal Protocol have led to long-term decreases in the atmospheric abundance of controlled ozone-depleting substances and the ongoing recovery of stratospheric ozone.             

Evidence presented by the authors shows that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3% per decade since 2000. At projected rates, northern hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the southern hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060. 

“The Montreal Protocol is one of the most successful multilateral agreements in history for a reason,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. “The careful mix of authoritative science and collaborative action that has defined the Protocol for more than 30 years and was set to heal our ozone layer is precisely why the Kigali Amendment holds such promise for climate action in future.”

Set to enter in to force on 1 January 2019, the Kigali Amendment will see a progressive reduction in the production and use of HFC refrigerants.

Authors of the report found the world can avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming this century through implementation of the Kigali Amendment, affirming its critical role in keeping global temperature rise below the 2°C mark.

“These new assessment results highlight the importance of continued long-term monitoring of HFCs in the atmosphere as the Kigali Amendment begins to take hold,” said David Fahey, co-chair of the Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel and scientist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in the US.

 

Source: Cooling Post

With the sharp increases in refrigerant prices appearing to have slowed, the CEO of Europe’s leading refrigeration wholesaler sees prices remaining stable over the coming months.

In announcing its latest trading figures today, Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland explained that the refrigerant price increases were a direct consequence of the European F-gas phase out. “At present these price rises have slowed down, and the assessment is that prices will remain stable over the next few quarters,” he said.

The company recognises that the F-gas regulations in Europe is one of the main reasons why demand for its products is increasing. “The phase-out programme is continuing, and we see no signs of reduced activity,” said Per Bertland. 

He also referred to the recent IPCC report calling for urgent action to step up controls on short-lived climate pollutants like HFC refrigerants to achieve climate targets to 1.5ºC by the year 2100. 

“Our industry has a great responsibility in this matter and we must be proactive if this goal is to be achieved,” commented Per Bertland. “Beijer Ref’s focus on developing eco-friendly solutions therefore feels even more urgent. We have a long tradition and a great deal of knowledge of such technology in Europe. We are now passing on this know-how to our companies on other continents."

 

Source: Cooling Post

World Refrigeration Day announced as June 26th

“To raise awareness of how refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pumps (RACHP) technology improves modern life and promote the significant contribution to the wellbeing of human society of today’s RACHP industry.” 

Industry trade associations and professional bodies from around the world are united in establishing June 26th as World Refrigeration Day which will be celebrated all over the globe as an annual event. The entire world-wide industry is encouraged to take the opportunity to promote the significant role of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps in the well-being of mankind.   

It is intended that World Refrigeration Day will serve as a means of raising awareness and understanding to the general public of the significant role that the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps industry and technology play in modern life and society with RACHP and HVACR organisations and professionals around the world undertaking a range of activities.

The term ‘refrigeration’ here is being used in its widest sense as the process of achieving and maintaining a required temperature below that of its surroundings. An example of refrigeration is the preservation and distribution of perishable food products.  Refrigeration systems are also used extensively for providing thermal comfort to human beings by means of air-conditioning.   Similarly, heat-pumps are devices that take heat from one source and move it to another location.

Associations and societies from USA, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and across Europe have all indicted their support for the establishment of the World Refrigeration Day.

 

John Smith, FETA Chairman and President of BRA said: “The establishment of a World  Refrigeration Day can only be good news. I would wholeheartedly support any initiative that raises the awareness of the ‘best kept’ secret of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry.”

 

Graeme Fox, Head of REFCOM said:

 “REFCOM are proud to have supported the inaugural World RACHP Day on June 26th, in recognition and celebration of the contribution the sector makes towards protecting the food supply chain, lifesaving and comfort cooling, process cooling, and sustainable renewable heating technologies. Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps impact on almost every aspect of modern society and yet is often the hidden technology that nobody thinks about until something goes wrong, so it is right that we acknowledge this contribution with a special day in the calendar year.”

 

Marco Buoni, recently elected as the President of the European contractors’ association AREA said:

“AREA supports the establishment of World Refrigeration Day on 26th June. Such a celebration is an acknowledgment of the role for our society played by refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps whether related to health, food or comfort. RACHP contractors represented by AREA are proud to contribute to achieving such noble purposes”

 

Miriam Rodway, CEO of the Institute of Refrigeration said:

“The IOR is a proud supporter of World Refrigeration Day as an initiative to raise the profile of the important contribution that refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life – from medical, to food supply and farming, process engineering to data and IT, refrigeration technologies are essential and yet go widely unrecognised. Bringing together the worlds community to celebrate our success and achievements is very much part of the IOR’s role to promote the advancement of refrigeration technologies, and we look forward to working more closely with everyone supporting this great campaign” 

 

The establishing of a World Refrigeration Day has been the personal crusade of well-known industry figure Steve Gill for over a decade. Although he will be the first to admit that the idea of an industry day may not be new, the gaining of a consensus for a fixed date from organisations and individuals from around the world certainly is.

Steve Gill said: “Refrigeration has such a long and fascinating history full of inventors, engineering pioneers, scientists, and industrial entrepreneurs from around the world all of whom deserve to be recognised and remembered for their valuable contribution.  With such a long and rich history, agreeing upon a date has proven to be challenging even at a national level, let alone an international one. However, the industry is united in its desire to raise its profile to the general public for all the right reasons and so we were able to build solidarity upon many common goals and finally agree on a date.”  

Steve continued: “Refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump technologies and applications have evolved out of a human need for food, comfort and thermal processes, with a history dating back centuries, however it remains a longstanding frustration for those working within the industry that it is not widely recognised that modern life could not exist without it, nor is there any appreciation by wider society for the skills and knowledge employed on a daily basis by industry professionals. The World Refrigeration Day will serve as an opportunity to help raise public awareness.”

 

How this date will be marked in 2019 in the UK and elsewhere is yet to be determined, however, the various groups are in discussion and details of planned events will be issued in due course.

A website is currently under construction and is intended to be ready by September. www.worldrefrigerationday.org  Until then, events and updates may be found through twitter @worldrefday 

Any organisation or individual wishing to support World Refrigeration Day can contact steve@worldrefrigerationday.org     

 

Refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref and German compressor manufacturer Bitzer have extended their long-term partnership agreement for a further three years.

 

Bitzer board member a chief sales and marketing officer Gianni Parlanti said: “This cooperation is beneficial for both companies due to the Beijer Ref distribution network in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Our partnership improves the availability and choice of Bitzer products for Beijer Ref customers beyond European borders.”

 

The new contract agreement covers 44 associated Beijer Ref companies, six of which are outside of the EU. In the future, Beijer Ref will continue to offer the complete and full range of Bitzer products and will present them with through a variety of media channels as well as trade fairs.

One of the leading refrigeration wholesalers in the world, Beijer Ref has reported growth of approximately 12% in the first quarter of 2018. This is part of the company’s streak that comes from its increasing focus and investment into manufacturing activities. More specifically Beijer Ref has focused on making more environmentally friendly products that have led them to launch a new CO2 condensing unit and establishing a purpose-built CO2 training facility.

Beijer Ref CEO and president Per Bertland recently remarked about this: “Building an international platform for our eco-friendly technology is of major strategic importance and something on which we will continue to focus,”.

 

Built at the SCM Frigo Facility, the Beijer Ref Academy near Padua, Italy, formally started operations in March and focuses only on CO2 technology. The training facility has its own fully functional CO2 transcritical rack which comes with state of the art technologies along with a CUBO2 Plus and CUBO2 Smart, making it the most modern training facility in the industry.
 

“This initiative is our way of showing how seriously we view environmental issues, and I hope that the centre will contribute to increased knowledge in the market in general,” said Per Bertland.
 

With courses in CO2 tech available in Italian, French and English, the academy is open to everyone and will also be used to train the Beijer Ref’s own after-sales staff. It is projected that almost 100 engineers will undergo training at the academy by the end of 2018.
 

The SCM Frigo which became a Beijer Ref company in 2011 has been involved in creating and developing the CO2 refrigeration technology. It started with its first CO2 subcritical rack system installation in Switzerland in 2005. It then installed its first-ever transcritical rack in Luxemburg in 2006. Both are still operational today.
 

Being pioneers of CO2 technology, SCM Frigo has a strong relationship with Danfoss. Together both have worked on creating the first ever ICMTS motor-operated high-pressure valve for a CO2 system. This collaboration led SCM Frigo to work with other major players in the industry like Dixell, Carel and RDM.

In fact, at the Academy, the rack features a number of different technologies like the electromagnetic compressor and variety of ejectors (gas and liquid) which have been provided by Danfoss and Carel.


Currently, the demand for CO2 expertise has been spiking and continues to grow. SCM Frigo which was listed on Sainsbury back in 2009 and was subsequently listed on Carrefour in 2015 and was listed by Morrisons and Aldi in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Right now work the company is working in fulfilling the largest contract of its history for a logistics facility in Italy – 2.4 MW and involving 48 compressors which will include three medium and two low-temperature chillers along with two transcritical ones, all due for June.

SCM Frigo was founded back in 1979 to produce ammonia and HFC systems but its current pioneering expertise in CO2 technology is responsible for more than 90% of its sales.

 

Beijer Ref acquired equity first in SCM Frigo in 2011 but completed 100% purchase by 2014. By then the SCM Frigo’s turnover was formidable 23 million euros. However last year its turnover amounted to 31 million euros which came from 87% of the exports and almost 99% of it was CO2 technology. Considering current track of sales, the company is poised to hit 35 million euros in sales this year.

 

Sainsbury's and Walmart have officially confirmed their agreement to merge their Sainsbury’s and Asda businesses to create the UK’s largest retail chain with combined revenues in excess of £51bn.

The companies, currently the second and third largest supermarkets in the UK will give the new business a 26.7% share of the UK grocery market, more than current market leader, Tesco’s 25%.

The proposed merger will retain both the Sainsbury’s and Asda brands in a network of more than 2,800 Sainsbury’s, Asda and Argos stores.

The companies state that there are no planned store closures as a result of the merger and have identified synergies in buying benefits, such as opening Argos in Asda stores as well as operational efficiencies. Increased sales through digital channels are seen as a major target.

The combined business will be chaired by the Sainsbury’s chairman David Tyler and led by the Sainsbury’s CEO and CFO. Asda will continue to be run from Leeds with its own CEO, who will join the group operating board of the combined business.

In a statement released, the companies said: “The Combined Business will create a dynamic new player in UK retail with an outstanding breadth of products, delivered through multiple channels. Enhanced scale and a strengthened balance sheet will deliver a great deal for customers, colleagues, suppliers and shareholders of both businesses.”

Walmart will hold a 42% stake in the merged business, receiving £2.975bn of cash, valuing Asda at approximately £7.3bn.

There are huge growing concerns the UK is being a hub for the sales of refrigerant in disposable cylinders, an illegal container that has been banned for use within Europe for over 10 years. With growing evidence of contractors and engineers being contacted with offers of refrigerant, including R410A and R404A in illegal disposable cylinders, a quick search on eBay reveals vendors offering R404A in disposables. Some of which are also the source of listings on other sites including Ireland & France.

Since pressure from the industry, eBay has deleted some of the items insisting that any listings that don’t comply with its policies will be removed.

All the suspect listings are using images of disposable cylinders and others clearly state in the product descriptions that the refrigerant will be provided within these illegal disposables. It is still not known whether the product is being imported from outside of the quota system, however, it is clearly avoiding UK customs inspections and policing by the Environmental Agency.

With the huge increases in the price of high GWP refrigerants in the UK and Europe, the market has seen some individuals seeking alternative sources for the gas, and with the lack of policing of the F-gas regulations is presenting them with the opportunity to make large profits.

Established refrigerant suppliers are raising concerns about the purity of some of this refrigerant and its effects on both system efficiencies and reliability. Of much greater concern is that the current high refrigerant prices might encourage a reappearance of dangerous counterfeits with caused a number of deaths in 2011. Some of the illegal refrigerants now removed from eBays UK marketplace also included the CFC’s R12 and R502 from a source in the USA.

Swedish Refrigeration group Beijer Ref AB have officially formed a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to market MHI air conditioners throughout the UK and Ireland. Beijer Ref is the majority owner of the joint venture, which will be named 3D Plus. The joint venture is an outcome of Beijer Ref's strategy to work closely with its main suppliers.
 

“The UK and Ireland markets are important to us and we continuously look at different ways of growing our market share with key partners,” commented Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland. “The technical expertise of MHI, and the distribution expertise of Beijer Ref, will be integrated to have a broader and more complete offering to the customers through this joint venture.”

The 3D Plus name recalls the former MHI distributor 3D Air Conditioning, which became part of the HRP group in 2004. In 2017 MHI spilt from it's UK distributor AMP following the purchase by Panasonic, a rival air conditioning manufacturer, which left Beijer Ref company HRP as the sole UK distributor for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

“Partnering with MHI on an exclusive basis will strengthen HRP’s position whilst 3D Plus will complement it by opening new doors,” commented Beijer Ref UK and Ireland MD John Billson.

Billson confirmed that 3D Plus will be run as a separate company from the South of England. Personnel have yet to be confirmed, but Beijer Ref is currently in the process of appointing a general manager.

“MHIAE and Beijer Ref have had a successful relationship collaborating in the Scandinavian market for many years,” revealed MHIAE managing director Masayuki Fujinami. “Through the formation of this joint venture, we are happy to be moving beyond a traditional manufacturer and distributor relationship and to joining our two companies together in a way that will allow us to harness our respective expertise and experience jointly.”

“It is our intention that 3D Plus will quickly become a similar size business to other Beijer Ref distribution channels in the UK,” added Per Bertrand. The MHI brand already has a strong market position which is a great platform for future growth. This joint venture further strengthens our partnership and we look forward to seeing the progress of 3D Plus.”

Bitzer has announced details of a new high-efficiency scroll compressor for air conditioning and HVAC applications.

At last month's Mostra Convego exhibition, Bitzer showcase the new Orbit+ models based on Bitzer’s currently available Orbit 6 and 8 series. These new units are equipped with a line start permanent magnet motor and improve the seasonal performance (SEER/IPLV) by up to 8% while also increasing cooling capacity by up to 5%.

The Orbit+ compressors can replace or be combined with standard Orbit models without redesigning the system significantly. The tandem and trio combinations are easily tailored towards system capacity and efficiency targets according to annual load characteristics and the customers’ specific needs. For even better capacity modulation, customers can add a frequency inverter like the Bitzer Varipack.

The Bitzer Orbit models recently introduced low-GWP A2L refrigerants, such as R454B and R452B and are designed to work with R410A. Similar to the Orbit 6 and 8 series that have already been introduced, the new Orbit+ models are able to operate with a frequency inverter at 35 to 75Hz while performing with a low sound level and low oil carry-over rate.

The compressors are interchangeable, which Bitzer says allows systems designers and manufacturers to simplify development work by using existing frameworks, footprints, piping layouts and manufacturing processes.

Bitzer has said they are easy to install, offer high energy efficiency when fully or partially loaded and have the lowest noise emissions in their capacity class. Energy consumption is extremely low, especially at low condensing temperatures, says Bitzer, where the Orbit Boreal series can be applied.

Bitzer

Beijer Ref UK and Ireland recently celebrated the tenth annual supplier dinner in Stockport. The dinner is in recognition of the supplier partnerships forged and in celebration of another successful trading year. One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Lawton Tubes as the 2016 ‘Supplier of the Year’. Pictured is Oliver Lawton receiving the award from John Billson, Beijer Ref UK and Ireland Managing Director.