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The weekly podcast provides a round-up of the most important natural refrigerants news of the week from the news websites, and #GoNatRefs

The weekly podcast provides a round-up of the most important natural refrigerants news of the week from the news websites, and #GoNatRefs
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The weekly podcast provides a round-up of the most important natural refrigerants news of the week from the news websites, and #GoNatRefs






Episode 34: The NatRefs Show – 15 January 2018

This week, we discuss changes to restrictions on hydrocarbon charges in France. Building on our end-of-year special on policy and market trends, this week we give an overview of the legislation that may affect the HVAC&R sector in North America and Europe in 2018. North America Editor Michael Garry also provides a sneak preview of the upcoming Accelerate America magazine, with a special focus on heat pumps. Brought to you by shecco Media, the NatRefs Show provides a round-up of the most...

Duration: 00:16:07

Episode 33: The NatRefs Show – 08 January 2018

Your favourite podcast on natural refrigerant technology is back! This week we take a look at the big cut to the HFC quota introduced on 1 January 2018 by the European Union’s F-Gas Regulation, Denmark’s announcement that it will fund 13 heat pump projects at district heating networks in the Scandinavian country, and a new report by NASA confirming that the Montreal Protocol has helped the ozone layer to heal. From the USA, we get an update from our North American editor on the latest trends...

Duration: 00:17:30

Episode 32: The NatRefs Show – 18 December 2017

For the final episode of the year, we discuss 2017’s biggest policy, market trend and technology stories in Europe, North America and Asia. Our teams in New York, Brussels and Tokyo pick out the most significant developments affecting uptake of natural refrigerants around the world. From a policy perspective, we discuss several developments that are likely to help boost uptake of natural refrigerants worldwide, including new global standards governing the use of hydrocarbons, and the impact...

Duration: 00:42:57

Episode 31: The NatRefs Show – 11 December 2017

This week’s podcast begins with a look at the 30 leading end users operating with natural refrigerants in North America. We dive further into what was the conclusion to 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Montreal, Canada. Heading back across the pond to Europe, we take a look at a CO2-based chiller installed in an Italian winery. In Japan, we report on Nihon Netsugen Systems opening a new manufacturing facility for industrial CO2 transcritical systems. Brought to you...

Duration: 00:28:15

Episode 30: The NatRefs Show – 4 December 2017

This week’s podcast begins with a look at shipping container leasing-company Seaco Global Limited’s investment in 100 CO2-based Carrier Transicold NaturaLINE container refrigeration units. In the U.S., we examine Henningsen Cold Storage’s plans to open its first facility using a transcritical CO2 system – which will be supplied by Carnot Refrigeration and installed by PermaCold Engineering. We also take a look at Coca-Cola’s commitment to move to HFC-free coolers worldwide. From Canada, we...

Duration: 00:26:38

Episode 29: The NatRefs Show – 27 November 2017

This week’s podcast begins with an overview of the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 29), which took place recently in Montreal, Canada and where implementation of the Kigali Amendment was discussed. We also examine an in-progress report announced by Switzerland and Norway at MOP 29 on potential trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) emissions that result from HFO use. From the Asia-Pacific bureau we take a look at Advansor’s first every transcritical CO2 rack installation in...

Duration: 00:25:48

Episode 28: The NatRefs Show – 20 November 2017

This week’s podcast begins with North America and the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, which begins in Montreal, Canada this week. It also covers two new developments concerning HFC reduction in the USA – the America’s Pledge initiative, and a proposed new law in California. From Asia we have an exclusive from ChinaShop 2017, which took place this year in Chongqing, China from 2-4 November, about hydrocarbons being used in unmanned Chinese convenience stores. In...

Duration: 00:24:50

Episode 27: The NatRefs Show – 13 November 2017

In this week’s podcast we discuss the COP23 climate change conference, taking place in Bonn, Germany November 6-17, and how the Paris Agreement signatories are considering financing climate-friendly technology, such as natural refrigerant-based equipment. We also discuss the efforts U.S. states – including California, Oregon, Washington and New York – are taking at COP23 to address climate policy. From Denmark, we take a look the natural refrigerant-based technology trends presented at the...

Duration: 00:29:13

Episode 26: The NatRefs Show – 6 November 2017

In this week’s podcast we discuss a new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on how multinational fast food chains in India are failing to transition from HFCs to natural refrigerants. We also take a look at the top technology trends from ATMOsphere Ibérica, which took place last week in Madrid, Spain. From the U.K. we hear from Boots’ technical engineer manager, Adeleke Ige, on how the chain plans to move to natural refrigerant-based systems in all its stores. We also...

Duration: 00:36:20

Episode 24: The NatRefs Show – 23 October 2017

In this podcast we discuss the effect of Brexit on EU F-gas regulations and a recent Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the U.K.’s progress on reducing F-gas emissions. As well, we look at the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to invest in decarbonizing all sectors of the U.K. economy starting in 2020, and could lead to more funding for natural refrigerants. In Australian news, we focus on a ski lodge that recently installed a CO2 heat pump to heat water and reduce dependence...

Duration: 00:38:54

Episode 23: The NatRefs Show - 16 October 2017

In this podcast we bring you breaking news from the IEC subcommittee SC61C, which recently met in Vladivostok, Russia, to look at revising the recommended hydrocarbon charge limit in commercial refrigeration within the IEC 60335-2-89 standard. According to our sources, the subcommittee decided to move to the next stage in the process. We also have a report from the University of Birmingham, supported by Emerson, noting the energy efficiency of propane systems for retail refrigeration. From...

Duration: 00:24:47

The NatRefs Show Episode 22: The NatRefs Show - 09 October 2017

In this podcast we bring you coverage of the ‘Salon Interprofessionnel du Froid et de ses Applications’ (Sifa) trade show and conference that took place last week in Paris, France. We also have a report from the U.S. Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), which has determined safe propane charge limits for self-contained display cases in a range of settings. Also from across the pond, we take a how SandenVendo America has moved from hydrocarbons to CO2 for some of its vending...

Duration: 00:28:39

Episode 21: The NatRefs Show - 02 October 2017

In this podcast we bring you special coverage of the Accelerate Europe awards at ATMOsphere Europe 2017 in Berlin, Germany. We also have a live recording from the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy and Store Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, where our North America-based team give their thoughts on the conference. Brought to you by shecco Media, the NatRefs Show provides a round-up of the most important natural refrigerants news from the websites,

Duration: 00:27:18

Episode 20: The NatRefs Show - 25 September 2017

In this 20th episode of the NatRefs Show, we will discuss the 8th ATMOsphere Europe conference that is currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. The conference will showcase important trends in natural refrigerants in the HVAC&R sector from an industry and end-user perspective. We also hop across the pond to discuss the latest Accelerate America on Aldi using transcritical CO2 in North America and Accelerate Corporate, brought to you by Heatcraft, on natural refrigerant trends in North...

Duration: 00:21:01

Episode 19: The NatRefs Show - 18 September 2017

This episode looks at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s announcement of the extension of natural refrigerant subsidies to the food retail and food manufacturing sectors from the beginning of the 2018 financial year. We also have a special guest from the Charoen Pokphand Group, who speaks about the role natural refrigerants play in the company’s ambitious sustainability goals. We end the show with two stories from the US, one looking ahead to the 2017 Energy and Store Development...

Duration: 00:10:10

Episode 18: The NatRefs Show - 11 September 2017

This episode looks at the first ATMO Asia in Bangkok, Thailand where end users and industry are growing their use of natural refrigerants in the South East Asia region. It also takes a look at St. Louis-based component manufacturer Emerson’s announcement that it has launched a refrigerant calculator that helps retailers forecast the impacts of phasing down higher-GWP systems and phasing in new refrigerant architectures such as natural refrigerants. We end the show with a look at the 9th...

Duration: 00:15:16

Episode 17: The NatRefs Show - 04 September 2017

With special coverage of the role of the contractor, this podcast covers the August 2017 issue of Accelerate America and describes how Source Refrigeration & HVAC – led by its chief engineer Bryan Beitler – is helping food retailers and others transition to natural refrigerant systems through installations, training and industry initiatives. It also takes a look at Asian developments in the natural refrigerant sector including a conference on CO2 in China and this week’s ATMOsphere Asia...

Duration: 00:19:58

Episode 16: The NatRefs Show - 28 August 2017

In this podcast we cover the European Commission’s decision to maintain a ban on HFCs in multipack centralised commercial refrigeration. We also hop over to the pond to check out what’s happening in the United States,- discussing industry reaction to the federal court ruling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate HFCs, and Emergent Cold Technologies’ distribution agreement to deliver Carnot Refrigeration’s CO2 systems to customers in several U.S. regions....

Duration: 00:13:42

Episode 15: The NatRefs Show - 21 August 2017

For this edition of the NatRefs Show, we focus on upcoming CARB meetings in California which will offer an opportunity to promote the low-GWP refrigerant incentive program. We also take a look at what Japanese stakeholders think of easing regulation on CO2 use in Japan and include a sneak preview of Accelerate Europe’s cover story on UK retailer Sainsbury’s. Brought to you by shecco Media, the NatRefs Show provides a round-up of the most important natural refrigerants news from the...

Duration: 00:11:29

Episode 14: The NatRefs Show - 14 August 2017

For this special edition of the NatRef Show we focus in on the U.S. court ruling which says the U.S. EPA cannot require companies to replace HFCs with low-GWP substances under the SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) program in the case Mexichem Fluor, Inc. v. EPA. The ruling requires the EPA to take action consistent with the court’s decision. The agency has other options, such as using the Toxic Substances Control Act to phase down HFCs according to the court. We also take a look...

Duration: 00:17:32

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