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John Kerry: HFCs are a critical piece of the climate puzzle

 

"In Paris, the world set the goal of limiting the Earth’s warming to well below two degrees Celsius. Amending the Montreal Protocol to phase-down HFC use could help us avoid a full half-degree. (...) By joining together to fulfill that commitment; by adopting an amendment to phase-down the use of HFCs; we can honor the legacy our predecessors; move closer to the goal set in Paris; and – most importantly – help protect the future health and livability of the only planet we have and to do so for generations to come" declared John Kerry on 22 July 2016 at UN talks on the Montreal Protocol in vienna.

 

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Towards new alternative to vapour-compression cooling

 

The website R744.com recently released an article focusing on the Magnetic Refrigeration technology: "a totally different kind of cooling technology [that] may ultimately prove to be even more efficient and friendly to the environment". The article touched upon the recent crucial steps for the technology: the launch of the CaloriCool project, Cooltech’s medical refrigerator presented at MEDICA last November, etc...

 

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Arkema announces 15% increase on all HFCs

 

Arkema fluorochemicals has announced further European price increases on all its Forane HFC refrigerants. (...) Similar price increase are exprected by other refrigerant producers over the coming weeks as manufacturers come to terms with the F-gas quota system and the impending HFC phase-down under the F-gas regulations.

 

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Haier exhibited a first magnetocaloric wine cooler at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - Las Vegas Jan 6-9, 2015

 

Haier, a leading global manufacturer of household appliances, exhibited a proof-of-concept wine cooler refrigerated by a magnetocaloric heat pump at CES Las Vegas (USA). Following previous magnetocaloric professional appliances exhibitions with Cooltech’s device at European tradeshows in 2014 (Euroshop, Europain, Chillventa), this new event in the US, contributes to position magnetic cooling as a very promising alternative to vapour compression systems, that provides an environmentally friendly solution while additionally generating energy savings and reducing operating noise. Haier plans to introduce magnetocaloric devices "within the next couple of years".

 

India and China agree to discuss HFC cuts under Montreal Protocol

US efforts to exalt negotiations between China and India have finally paid dividens. Beijing and Delhi agreed to discuss on limiting the usage of climate warming gases consumed in refrigeration. This is a first step leading towards more stringent regulations in the developing world.

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Industry backs Obama plans to cut HFCs

Leading US air conditioning and refrigeration companies are backing president Obama’s call to slash emissions of HFCs and accelerate a global HFC phase down.

Read full article here.

 

 

US: Goodbye high-GWP HFCs

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal that would prohibit the use of certain high-GWP HFCs in applications where safer, more climate-friendly substitutes such as hydrocarbons exist. Read full article here.
 
 

 

EPA rules would cut power plant CO2 emissions by 30% 

The USA steps towards Green Legislations: starting by reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030.

 

(Link to the proposed rule on the article)

 
 
 

Why is BASF doing research on magnetic cooling?

BASF GmbH in collaboration with The Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) have been actively working on Magnetic Cooling in order to apply this revolutionary technology to commercial refrigeration. Read full article here.