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2016 Challenges and Trends Discussed at Recent Atlanta E360 Forum

On February 18, Emerson Climate Technologies took its E360 Forum to Atlanta. At a time when our industry is facing more questions than there are answers, 130 attendees benefitted from this educational event packed with relevant and engaging discussions, from timely keynote speakers to panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions alike. What follows is a brief summary of some of the day’s important takeaways.

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EPA Keynote: National and Global Regulatory Update — Drusilla Hufford, director of the Stratospheric Protection Division at the Environmental Protection Agency, recapped the EPA’s recent actions to reduce HFC refrigerant emissions under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA). She then discussed the evolution of the agency’s refrigerant management program, specifically, the proposed amendment to extend the scope of Section 608 of the CAA from its current focus on ozone-depleting substances to include HFCs with high global warming potential. Finally, she talked about the potential long-term environmental impacts of a recent agreement by the Montreal Protocol parties.

Panel Discussion: Addressing the Qualified Technician Shortage — Moderated by Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of ACHR News, this lively panel discussion featured six additional industry practitioners and experts. With more than 60,000 unfilled positions in the United States’ HVACR industry, finding and hiring qualified refrigeration and HVAC technicians is becoming increasingly challenging. Audience members engaged panelists about ways to generate interest for a new generation of technicians through viable career opportunities and an increasing focus on emerging technology.

Foodservice Keynote: Tracking Fresh From Farm to Fork — Mark Dunson, president of retail solutions, addressed the consumer demand for fresh, sustainable products. He explained the high stakes of maintaining “fresh” market positions in monetary terms via the high costs of global food waste, annual global energy spend and facility maintenance expenses. As large retailers prepare to comply with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act by the end of 2016, Dunson discussed how the importance of monitoring and maintaining critical data points throughout the food cold chain will lead to holistic data collection, storage and analytics solutions.

Breakout Sessions: Foodservice and Food Retail Tracks — The bulk of the event’s afternoon agenda was comprised of interactive breakout sessions, divided into foodservice and food retail educational tracks. For more detailed information about what information was covered within these sessions, please click here (click on the “Session Descriptions” tab).

To view or download the E360 Forum presentations, please visit the resources section of our website. We are planning to host two more events in the northeast and southwest parts of the U.S. later this year, so please check back for more details and make plans to attend. We look forward to your participation.

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