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UK:  The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published details of the latest data from their atmospheric observations programme, which helps to verify estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions.

Observing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - DECC maintains a research programme to monitor concentrations of atmospheric gases, in order to assess the state of the atmosphere, to inform the design of policies to reduce emissions of pollutants, and to help verify the UK Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory.

The UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory;

The GHG Inventory reports national GHG emissions each year, which the UK is committed to do: As a party of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to the Kyoto Protocol; Under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation; and In the UK Climate Change Act the UK has committed to reduce its GHG emissions and the inventory provides vital data to report the progress in meeting these targets.

The Inventory is based on data from a range of sources, including data produced by the UK Government, other Government bodies and industry. It reports emissions of the six direct GHG’s under the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2); methane (CH4); nitrous oxide (N2O); hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); perfluorocarbons (PFCs); sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). The Inventory reports emissions from: Energy (all fossil fuel combustion); Industrial Processes (all non-combustion based emissions from industry); Solvents; Agriculture; Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry; and Waste Management.

DECC is collaborating with a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) GHG Emissions and Feedbacks Programme initiative  - GAUGE that aims to improve the quantification of UK emissions of the principle greenhouse gases through extended measurements and modelling, and will explore a range of techniques. The outcomes of this work could provide useful insights to DECC’s atmospheric observations programme and inventory verification.

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BSRIA (owned by The Building Services Research and Information Association) has published a new guide to commissioning air systems.

The new Commissioning Air Systems guide explains how to commission ducted air distribution systems in buildings.  The commissioning process mainly comprises the setting to work of the system fans and the regulation (or proportional balancing) of system flow rates.

This new guide (BG49/2013) now replaces Commissioning Air Systems (AG 3/89.3) and Commissioning of VAV systems in buildings (AG 1/91). It explains how to commission ducted air distribution systems in buildings. The commissioning process mainly comprises the setting to work of the system fans and the regulation (or proportional balancing) of system flow rates.

A new edition of Commissioning Air Systems has been published for several reasons. Amendments to Part F and Part L of the Building Regulations require newly installed ventilation systems to comply with new standards and that reasonable provision for commissioning be made in order that systems don’t use too much fuel or power. Environmental assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and DREAM have focused the minds of building owners, operators, developers and designers on the benefits of a proficient, professional commissioning process. Technological advances in plant and equipment have also resulted in increasing importance being placed on commissioning.

This guide explains how to carry out procedures in order to comply with the standards outlined in CIBSE Commissioning Code A Air Distribution Systems (which sets out the normal standards of good practice accepted by the building services industry).

Chapters cover:

  • Design for commissionability
  • Commissioning facilities
  • The installation of commissionable systems
  • Site test instruments
  • On-site flow measurement techniques
  • Commissioning procedures
  • Example methods statements
  • Documentation (including editable proforma checklists in Excel)

Hard copies of the guide are now available for purchase at

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Retail giant Sainsbury’s has reached a significant milestone in its investment in renewable energy as it strives to cut CO2 emissions and reduce energy bills.  The retailer has installed 100,000 photovoltaic solar panels (22 mWp) across 210 stores - enough to cover 35 football pitches.

These will help reduce Sainsbury’s total CO2 emissions by an estimated 9,785 tonnes per year as it retains its status as the largest multi-roof solar panel operator in Europe.

Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker officially launched the retailer’s 12th Ground Source Heat Pump – another innovative technology that taps renewable energy from deep underground to provide energy efficient heating, hot water and cooling for the store.

Greg Barker said:

"Not only is Sainsbury’s increasing the amount of stores heated by renewable sources, it’s using solar panels on its roofs to generate energy too, with over 100,000 panels now up and running on over 200 stores.”

The roll out of Ground Source Heat Pumps at 12 stores follows Sainsbury’s successful world-first use of the geo-thermal technology at its Crayford store, enabling it to supply 30 per cent of its energy from on-site renewable sources.  It has also installed 74 biomass boilers since 2008, which use wood pellets - a renewable resource - to heat stores rather than using fossil fuel-based gas.

Paul Crewe, Sainsbury’s Head of Engineering, Sustainability, Energy and Environment said:

"We’ve achieved a 9.1% absolute reduction in electricity use over the past four years in our supermarkets, despite a 25% increase in space, and we’re really seeing the benefits from using our underutilised space for solar panels, and from the other renewable technologies we’ve installed.

"We believe they are fundamental to the sustainability of our business and there is a strong commercial case for using each technology.  They are helping us cut carbon emissions and energy bills and achieve the environmental targets we set ourselves in our stretching 20x20 Plan.  It’s good news for the environment and is supporting job creation in the UK’s renewable energy sector."

Sainsbury’s investment in onsite renewable energy technologies is part of its ambitious sustainability target to reduce its operational carbon emissions by 30% absolute (and 65% relative) by 2020 compared with 2005. This is part of a broader target of an absolute carbon reduction of 50% by 2030.

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The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has published a best practice guide to the heat pump industry.

The European Heat Pump Best Practice Guide was jointly conducted by EHPA and Delta Energy & Environment presents the heat pump ecosystem:  The guide includes European best practice examples showing pathways to successful and sustainable heat pump markets.  The Guide is aimed at all stakeholders inside and outside the heat pump industry, helping them to implement five guiding principles which will establish solid foundations for long term sustainable growth and maximise the market opportunities for heat pumps.  The Guide’s explanation on how this can be achieved is illustrated by experiences and case studies from various European markets.

Lukas Bergmann from Delta-EE comments:

“This Guide will help a range of stakeholders - from governments and policy makers to energy companies and technology manufacturers - to realise the significant potential for heat pumps. It provides readers with a simple set of principles that allow them to work towards making the story of heat pumps in their country a story of success. This Guide will be a useful tool for anyone connected to this industry”.

Click here to read the Best Practice Guide

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New alternatives to the existing F-Gas refrigerant handling qualifications are now available to refrigeration contractors according to leading F-Gas certification body REFCOM.

Refcom Secretary, Steve Crocker, explained:

“We had a situation towards the back end of last year and the beginning of this year where training providers were training apprentices, only to find that they couldn’t guarantee that the modules they were teaching were a recognised equivalent to the existing F-Gas qualifications.

“Qualification requirements are written down in law under the F-Gas Regulation so, if there are changes, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has to alert the European Commission (EC) to this.

“It is important for companies to understand that there are choices in terms of F-Gas qualifications. City & Guilds (C&G) has introduced two new qualifications and Defra has reassured me that they are valid for Company F-Gas certification.”

Defra told Mr Crocker: “Learners will be issued with a certificate of unit credit demonstrating that they are F-Gas Category 1 competent once they have successfully completed either units 230/530 together or units 209/509 together, consisting of a multiple choice test and practical test. They will not have to wait until completing all of the other units from the 6187 or 7189 NVQ diplomas.” The new qualifications join two existing qualifications – C&G 2079 Category 1 refrigerant handling and the Construction Skills J11 safe handling – that have been in place for the past four years. Mr Crocker added: “Instead of apprentices attending a three to five-day course for the existing F Gas qualifications, if employers want to send them to college to do an NVQ, they can complete specific modules (C&G units 230/530 of the 6187-01 or 6187-02 NVQ diplomas and units 209/509 of the 7189-02 or 7189-03 NVQ diplomas) that are a direct equivalent to the existing F Gas qualifications.

“When they go to college, they do these modules first so they become qualified under F Gas and the ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) Regulations. This means they can legally work on systems more or less straightaway and are therefore more ‘useful’ to their employer. Once they have completed the modules, they finish the rest of the course over two or three years.”

REFCOM maintains a register of companies competent to manage refrigerants, including fluorinated refrigerant gases. It operates a certification body under the stationary equipment provisions of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations.

On 4 July 2009, it became a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F-Gas refrigerants to obtain an F-Gas Company Certificate.  Companies wishing to upgrade or to attain a full company certificate can visit for more information.

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A new report on the global refrigerants market by MarketsandMarkets forecasts that refrigerant consumption will grow from an estimated $10.5 billion in 2012 to $15.7 billion by 2018.

The Report "Refrigerant Market – Hydro Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), Hydro fluorocarbon (HFC), Hydrocarbon (HC), Inorganic (Ammonia, Carbon dioxide) - Trends & Forecasts to 2018" defines and segments the global Market with analysis and forecasting of the global volume and revenue.

The Refrigerant Market report categorises the global market by Product Types [Hydro Chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), Hydrocarbon (HC), Inorganic (Ammonia, Carbon dioxide)], also by application & by geography.

Refrigerant consumption will grow from an estimated $10.5 billion (equivalent to 1,207 thousand MT) in 2012 to $15.7 billion by 2018, with a CAGR of 6.9% from 2013 to 2018.

Read the Report Summary

  • Global refrigerant demand is anticipated to grow by 5.2% to reach 1.6 million metric tons by 2018. Gains will be fuelled by increasing production of refrigerator and cooling products/equipment, economic growth of developing nations, increasing standard of living, and rising global temperatures.
  • The market is very mature with high degree of competition. In this scenario, companies are coming up with new and more environment friendly products. For instance, in domestic refrigerators, hydrocarbon refrigerants (R600A) are used as an alternative to HFC. Also the Mobile AC market (MAC) was completely dominated by HFC134a refrigerant. But as per MAC Directive requirements, every new model vehicle should use automotive refrigerant with a GWP of less than 150. So, the companies such as DuPont, Honeywell have developed an alternative refrigerant HFO-1234yf which has very low GWP as compared to HFC134a.
  • High growth in Asia-Pacific region and increasing demand for cooling products are important market drivers which have high impact on market at present. The increase in price of raw materials and development of non-hazardous low GWP refrigerants are the tough challenges faced by the manufacturers. The industry has switched over to "ozone-friendly" refrigerants or natural refrigerants, as the choice of refrigerant is based on their global warming impact. Since the natural refrigerants have low global warming impact, it will experience tremendous growth in the future.
  • The rapid economic growth in most of the emerging countries (China and India) in the recent years resulted in rampant growth of commercial, industrial and automotive sector, which in turn created significant demand for refrigerants.
  • Among all the Geographies, Asia-Pacific accounted for largest portion of refrigerant demand in 2012, totaling just around half of the world market. The increase in regions demand is mainly due to rising demand for cooling products primarily driven by increasing middle class population in developing countries such as China and India.
  • The demand for HCFC was high during 2003 to 2009 but the Montreal Protocol which demands phase out HCFC has significantly reduced its growth prospects. This in turn, is driving the HFC market as a substitute to HCFC. However use of HFC's is beginning to come under strict regulations, especially in Western Europe. So now there is shift of consumer preferences towards natural refrigerants. The most commonly used natural refrigerants are ammonia, carbon dioxide, propane and iso-butane. Since fluorocarbons have high GWP, the demand for natural is increasing tremendously.

The report forecasts volume and revenue of the global refrigerant market and its various sub-markets with respect to main regions such as:

  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific, and
  • Rest of the World.

Major countries such as U.S., China, India, Japan, Germany, and UK etc. were analysed.

The report segments the global Refrigerant Market by Type, Application, and Geography. It also focuses on market share analysis, and market metrics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, burning issues and winning imperatives. Top players in the global refrigerant market have been identified and profiled.

You can purchase a copy of the MarketsandMarkets Report here:

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The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has published a position statement ahead of tomorrow’s F-Gas Review meeting.  

Tomorrow (July 19th) the environment attachés of the Member States will meet in Brussels to discuss the F-gas Regulation review.  The focus will be mostly on the ban of pre-charged equipment.  EHPA has provided the following input:

 “The EHPA, as the representative of the European heat pump industry, welcomes the efforts of the Council members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. However, it still has some concerns on the current Council text.

The European Heat Pump Association

  1. Rejects the ban on pre-charged equipment (Art. 12) and suggests to include all F-gases (in bulk and pre-charged) in the phase down instead;
  2. Calls for an efficient tracking system of all F-gases (quotas) placed on the EU market;
  3. Encourages the distribution of placing-on-the-market quotas via a market-based system to ensure cost-efficient availability of F-gases within the phase down trajectory;
  4. Re-iterates that heat pumps are a contributor to more energy efficiency, more RES and less CO2 emissions and should be protected against any further burden in order to unleash their potential.”

Click here to download the EHPA position paper.

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On the 12th July Greg Barker, the Minister of State for Climate Change confirmed that the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme would commence next spring and published the tariff levels.  The tariff levels could mean a boost for solar thermal, biomass and heat pump technologies.

Download the domestic RHI Policy Statement

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that tariff levels for air source heat pumps have been set at 7.3p/kWh, biomass boilers at 12.2p/kWh, ground source heat pumps will be eligible for 18.8p/kWh, and solar thermal systems will receive 19.2p/kWh.

The government first announced RHI in 2009, however even though it has been available to the Non-domestic sector since Nov 2011, it has not been available in the Domestic sector. One off payments were available under the RHPP scheme which will end as  the Domestic RHI scheme takes over.

Greg Barker said:

“The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families with the cost of living. Investing for the long-term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. So this package of measures is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kit in our homes.  Householders can now invest in a range of exciting heating technologies knowing how much the tariff will be for different renewable heat technologies and benefit from the clean green heat produced. We are also sending a clear signal to industry that the Coalition is 110 percent committed to boosting and sustaining growth in this sector.”

DECC said the scheme was open to homes on and off the gas grid, but the tariffs have been set at a level designed to compensate for the difference between the cost of installing and running renewable heat systems against the cost of rival fossil fuel systems over a 20 year period.  The scheme is now expected to launch in Spring 2014 but, significantly, any eligible renewable heat technology installed since 15 July 2009, when the scheme was first announced, will be able to access the incentives.

It is hoped that the domestic RHI scheme can help renewable heat technologies be deployed at scale, making it easier for the industry to reduce costs and stimulate further demand for the technology.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) helps businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies.  The RHI is the main scheme of the Government’s heat strategy.

The types of heating covered by the RHI scheme are:

  • biomass
  • heat pumps (ground source and water source)
  • geothermal
  • solar thermal collectors
  • biomethane and biogas

The non-domestic RHI scheme supports renewable heat installations in business, industry and the public sector, as well as heat networks.  In 2012 DECC consulted on proposals for introducing greater certainty to organisations who are either wanting to join the RHI or existing participants’, as well as improving the application process. The Government response was published outlining how DECC plans to implement these proposals by ensuring the scheme:

  • remains financially sustainable
  • offers good value for money for the tax payer
  • meets previous commitments to introduce biomass sustainability by setting out sustainability criteria for fuel source and greenhouse gas emissions and air quality emissions limits
  • reduces administrative burdens to Ofgem and applicants

DECC is currently finalising the details of the expansion of the non-domestic RHI scheme and will confirm the way forward in the autumn alongside the outcome of the tariff review

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The European Union has revealed that its total greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 were 18.4% lower than levels produced in 1990, according to the greenhouse gas inventory report.

The ‘Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2011 and inventory report’ is the submission of the greenhouse gas inventory of the EU to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The report has been produced by The European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action, the European Environment Agency‘s (EEA), the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), Eurostat, the EU's statistical office along with contributions from the Joint Research Centre.

The report demonstrates that the level of greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3.3% in the European Union throughout 2011, reaching the lowest level of emissions since 1990.

The reduction in emissions for this period was attributable to a milder winter period in 2011 than 2010. The milder winter ultimately led to a decrease in demand for heating as well as a reduction in fossil fuel consumption.

 Jacqueline McGlade, executive director, European Environment Agency (EEA) said:

“The greenhouse gas emissions cut in 2011 is good news, however, it was largely due to a warmer winter”

She continued:

“Nonetheless, the EU is making clear progress towards its emission targets. There was an increase in consumption of more carbon-intensive fuels such as coal, while hydroelectricity production and gas consumption decreased. If Europe is to achieve the transition toward a low-carbon society, it will need sustained investment in technology and innovation.”

The report highlights that around two thirds of the reduction in emissions in 2011 came from France, Germany and the UK.

The EEA (European Environment Agency) Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2011 and inventory report is available to download here

In Autumn this year, the EEA will publish the Approximated EU Greenhouse Gas Inventory which will highlight the total EU emissions for 2012. The report will officially become available in late May and will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the EU.


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Our latest blog post brings you a handy guide to the UK’s Trade Associations and professional bodies that serve the RACHP industry.  You will find helpful background information, web links and contact information to assist in making informed decisions on all aspects surrounding refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump and mechanical ventilation equipment.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB)-

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board provides a central forum for all sectors and interests which fall within or are served by the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration industry.

Its member organisations represent manufacturers, distributors, contractors, consulting engineers, specifiers, end users, training providers, researchers and others with a direct interest in the environmentally friendly and cost effective provision and use of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment. Member organisations are: Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Equipment, Associated Refrigeration Contractors, Building & Engineering Services Association (RACHP Group), British Frozen Food Federation, Cambridge Refrigeration Technology, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, Food Storage and Distribution Federation, Institute of Refrigeration.

The aims and objectives of the organisation are pursued through committees and working groups, all of which report to the Board. The three main areas of activity are: environment and energy; education and training; and technical safety and standards.  Its activities include:

  • Operating ACRIB skillCard, a widely recognised individual card scheme which is part of the CSCS skillcard scheme. The ACRIB skillcard helps individual operatives to demonstrate qualifications and training including which refrigerants they are qualified to use
  • Advising UK Government on the implementation of regulations and legislation
  • Representing industry on education and training issues and liaising with organisations such as City & Guilds and SummitSkills on the development of national qualifications
  • Responding to issues such as system efficiency and safety, waste regulations, performance standards, food safety and safety at work
  • Maintaining active membership of EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment.

Kelvin House,
76 Mill Lane

Tel +44 (0) 208 254 7845



Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) -

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers received its Royal Charter in 1976. It is the professional body that exists to:

‘support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work.'

CIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers by accrediting courses of study in further and higher education, by approving workbased training programmes and providing routes to full professional Registration and Membership, including Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician. Once you are qualified, CIBSE offers you a range of services, all focussed on maintaining and enhancing professional excellence throughout your career.

222 Balham High Road
SW12 9BS



Institution of Refrigeration (IOR)  -

The IOR is a central meeting point for people from all over the world to promote, improve and learn more about refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

RACHP technologies play a vital part in the lives of everyone in the modern world.  If you work in these fields you can demonstrate your professionalism by becoming a member of the IOR at a full Member, Associate, Affiliate, Technician or Student level.   It is an independent organisation, run for professionals by professionals.

Membership benefits

  • Free access to quality, practical information and updates through a over 200 Technical Guidance Notes, Service Engineer Good Practice Guides and website downloads.
  • Annual Data-CD full of technical information including Refrigerant Codes of Practice, Guidance notes, REAL Zero guidelines, and catalogue of 10 years of technical papers
  • Independent updates on legislation, standards and Government consultations
  • Certified Continuing Professional Development opportunities
  • A route to becoming a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician via the Engineering Council
  • Advance notice and reduced-rates for IOR seminars and events
  • Newsletters and technical papers in regular mailings
  • Networking meetings with others who have the same business and professional interests at local branch meetings, annual dinners, conferences and free evening seminars
  • The use of designatory letters after your name for those who meet the appropriate membership standard ie FInstR, MInstR, AMInstR, TMInstR

The IOR is registered with the Charity Commission as an educational and scientific body (reg no 250 081). It is governed by an elected Council of Members who act as Charity Trustees.

Institute of Refrigeration

Kelvin House
76 Mill Lane
Surrey SM5 2JR

Phone: +44 (0)20 8647 7033



B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) -

B&ES is the UK's leading trade association for building services engineering contractors. Founded in 1904, it adds value to members' businesses by providing quality services, promoting excellence and shaping the commercial environment through representation and leadership.

The B&ES represents the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (hvacr) products and equipment. B&ES members are subject to regular, third-party inspection and assessment to ensure their technical and commercial competence.

B&ES member companies benefit from access to a wide range of services which are carefully tailored to their needs, and which help them to build better and more profitable businesses.

B&ES is a member of the TA Forum. Since its formation in 1997, the Trade Association Forum has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice among UK trade associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public.

B&ES Head Office
Esca House,
34 Palace Court,
London W2 4JG.

Tel: 020 7313 4900.



Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) -

FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

FETA works closely with Government bodies, other associations and organisations nationally, in Europe and in the US. Access the full network here: click here.

Other relevant associations within the FETA network:

Other relevant associations within the FETA network:

The British Refrigeration Association

The Building Controls Industry Association


Heat Pump Association


Federation of Environmental Trade Associations Ltd
2 Waltham Court,
Milley Lane,
Hare Hatch,
Berkshire, RG10 9TH
United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)118 940 3416
Fax: + 44 (0)118 940 6258


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