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Making Sense of the Recent Rulemaking Proposals on Acceptable Refrigerants

Global phase-downs and bans of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants in an effort to lower the global warming potential (GWP) of refrigeration and air conditioning systems are an everyday reality for equipment and component manufacturers, OEMs and end users alike.

The most recent development in this arena is the U.S. EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) wherein numerous common HFCs and HFC-containing blends will be listed as unacceptable for some uses. The NOPR is currently going through its mandatory comment period, but regardless of the exact, final outcome, real and significant changes are imminent. Understanding the likely implications of these changes is essential.

Join our next webinar on Tuesday, August 26 at 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT.

Our next Making Sense webinar, Staying Ahead of Recent EPA Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants, will help explain the current status of the NOPR, explore compliant, low-GWP refrigerant alternatives, and discuss the challenges these changes will pose to our industry. Whether you manufacture refrigeration systems, operate supermarkets or other food retail operations, or supply stand-alone equipment or condensing units, you’ll need a clear understanding as to where this latest update to SNAP is headed and when. During this webinar, we’ll cover many topics, including:

  • The current status of the EPA’s most recent NOPR
  • Applications targeted by the new proposal
  • Viable, acceptable refrigerant alternatives
  • Equipment and system considerations when applying low-GWP refrigerants

This educational webinar will be presented by Dr. Rajan Rajendran, Emerson Climate Technologies’ vice president of engineering services and sustainability. He is one of the most respected, global authorities on alternate refrigerants and their applications across a variety of industries. He will be joined by a panel of experts to help answer any questions you may have.

Please join Dr. Rajendran and his panel on Tuesday, August 26 at 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT, for the latest information about the pending NOPR and its potential implications. Register now by visiting our website at We’re helping the industry Make Sense of the issues that matter most.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

MAKING SENSE of Refrigerated Marine Container Management

The global cold chain container business is fraught with challenges that can incrementally chip away at an operator’s profit margins. Whether it’s at storage, in trip preparation, sitting dockside, en route or at loading/unloading points, there are any number of occasions where your refrigerated marine container fleet can be compromised — and the integrity of cargo itself placed in jeopardy. Manual reefer inspections, container malfunctions that lead to spoiled cargo and human error can quickly add up to shrinking profits.

Refrigerated marine container operators need an edge to stay ahead of the competition and maintain profitability. The difference between surviving and thriving in this environment is a matter of managing the smallest details, maximizing energy and operational efficiencies, and promoting human safety.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST

In our next MAKING SENSE webinar, we will explore how to gain this competitive advantage in a discussion entitled: Improving Refrigerated Marine Container Management With Pervasive Connectivity. The webinar will present Emerson Climate Technologies’ approach to maximizing global cold chain efficiencies through our advanced hardware and software solutions for refrigerated marine container fleets. We will explain how reefer management systems installed on these containers enable remote diagnostics, establish efficient operations and help maintain perfect cargo conditions. The topics covered will include:

  • Reducing operational costs and eliminating manual operations
  • Improving cargo quality with proactive alerts
  • Reducing human error and improving safety
  • Achieving energy savings and reducing CO2 emissions

This educational webinar will be presented by Robert Svensson, marketing manager at Emerson Climate Technologies — Transportation Solutions, ApS, a business of Emerson. Robert initially joined the Marine Container and Boiler business of Johnson Controls, Inc. (which Emerson acquired in April 2012) as a product manager for ISO10368 remote monitoring, but has since assumed responsibility for strategic planning, marketing and product management at Emerson Climate Technologies — Transportation Solutions.

Join Robert on Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST for his expert perspective on refrigerated marine container management. Register now by visiting our website at: We’re helping the industry MAKE SENSE of the issues that matter most.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

MAKING SENSE of New Refrigerants

Today, the refrigeration industry is in the throes of transition. As governments around the globe look at curtailing the use of refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP), retail refrigeration operators and equipment manufacturers are anticipating the next generation of refrigeration system architecture. In response to these increasing regulations, many equipment manufacturers are actively developing refrigeration systems based on natural refrigerants such as ammonia, propane and CO2. While these natural alternatives promise significantly lower GWP compared to current HFC-based systems, they will require operators to update system architectures and service practices to accommodate their unique temperature and pressure requirements.

And in case you’re of the opinion that these impending regulations are a far-off future event, think again. In Europe, the parliament recently unanimously passed a vote in favor of new legislation that will significantly reduce fluorinated gas (F-gas) in new commercial refrigeration equipment by 2020. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Act placed the reduction of HFC refrigerants directly in its sights, with promises of new regulations that reduce HFC use as soon as the summer of 2014.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT

Our next Making Sense webinar will explore the implications of these new refrigerants on system architecture, equipment selection and service. Some larger supermarket refrigeration systems in North America have already begun the transition to natural refrigerants, especially with the use of CO2-based transcritical systems that perform well in colder climates. But for other operators, in particular smaller retailers, this transition poses more questions than answers. That’s precisely the reason we’re offering this complimentary webinar.

In this complimentary webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Background on new alternative and natural refrigerants
  • Why propane and ammonia are gaining popularity
  • Differences between CO2 and HFCs
  • Three system architectures that utilize natural refrigerants

The webinar will be presented by Andre Patenaude, Director — CO2 Business Development, Emerson Climate Technologies. Andre’s extensive experience with various refrigeration system architectures and alternative, emerging refrigerant technologies makes him well-suited to lead this discussion. He’s currently responsible for developing a global strategy that incorporates the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, communication/messaging activities, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems.

Join Andre on Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT for this informative and timely webinar. Register now by visiting our website at:

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

Best Practices for Evaluating Compressor System Performance — Making Sense Webinar

To help select the proper refrigeration equipment in specific applications, many commercial retailers today are closely monitoring their compressor systems for valuable performance data. One way this is possible is through the use of software that calculates performance in a variety of scenarios. Whether through conducting annual energy analyses or evaluating efficiencies based on geographic locations, retailers are using the power of software tools to improve visibility across their operations.

In our next installment of the Making Sense webinar series, we’ll take a closer look at this subject and discuss the best practices for evaluating compressor system performance. We’ll explore the following key concepts:

  • Comparison of compressor and evaporator capacities
  • Mid-point and dew point compressor selections
  • Difference between Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and Annual Energy Efficiency Ratio (AEER)

And, you’ll learn how to use software to improve a variety of operations, planning and analysis activities, including:

  • Equipment planning and selection
  • Calculate annual compressor performance
  • Conduct energy analyses
  • Evaluate compressor performance in specific geographic locations

You’ll find there are many ways that compressor system performance data can help you improve operational visibility.

Our second webinar in the “Operational Visibility” category will be presented by Emerson Climate’s own Mike Saunders and Autumn Nicholson. Mike is the director of end user technical sales and support and has more than 18 years of experience in refrigeration product development. As a senior sales engineer, Autumn’s an expert on compressor and refrigeration system energy and Total Equivalent Warming Impact (TEWI) analysis, with a focus on refrigeration alternatives and system architecture.

Join us on March 11 at 2 p.m. EDT to learn the best practices for evaluating compressor system performance. Register now by visiting our website at While you’re there, be sure to check out the archives of other Making Sense webinars — it’s how we’re helping the refrigeration industry MAKE SENSE of the issues that matter most.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

Improving the Bottom Line Through Energy Efficiency

Too often, commercial refrigeration operators decide not to upgrade the condensing units used on their walk-in coolers or freezers. The condensing units they’ve been using for years (or decades) are getting the job done, and the initial cost of upgrading equipment seems like an unsafe investment. Often, operators ask themselves: “Will I really see a return on this investment, and how long will it take before it starts to make money for me?” Both are valid questions.

The good news is that condensing unit technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace. And, with these advancements, ROI is achievable sooner than most operators can imagine. The Copeland Scroll™ Outdoor Condensing Unit (XJ Series) for commercial refrigeration is a perfect example. It combines the latest Copeland Scroll compressor technology, variable speed fan motor control, large condenser coils, and a high-efficiency fan blade to deliver up to 40 percent higher annual energy efficiency when compared to standard industry offerings. In fact, customers can typically expect an upgrade payback of less than one year based on energy savings alone.

In addition, each Copeland Scroll Outdoor Condensing Unit is equipped with standard on-board CoreSense™ diagnostics that provide field technicians with key information to quickly and accurately troubleshoot system issues, lower maintenance costs and eliminate nuisance service calls. Its built-in compressor protection capabilities also help to extend equipment life.

The other good news is that many utility companies are offering rebates for installing energy-efficient equipment, which helps to significantly offset your initial investment.

So my message to you is a simple one: take the plunge. If you choose the right equipment, your investment could start adding dollars to your bottom line.

To discover how much you could save on utility costs, check out our XJ Series Annual Calculator.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

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