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Dallas E360 Forum Served up Lively Refrigeration Dialogue

Emerson Climate Technologies recently held its fifth E360 Forum on September 3 in Dallas. The event was attended by more than 120 refrigeration industry constituents, ranging from supermarket, restaurant and convenience store end users to trade media representatives, refrigerant providers and original equipment manufacturers. Coming off the heels of the EPA’s final ruling on refrigerant delisting, it was no surprise that the far-reaching regulatory implications — including the DOE’s energy efficiency measures on walk-ins, reach-ins and ice machines — were main topics of conversations.

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E360 Webinar Discusses the EPA’s Final Refrigerant Ruling

What’s Next, and How Will It Affect Your Business?

Dr. Rajan Rajendran, V.P. of System Innovation Center and Sustainability at Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. recently presented an E360 Webinar that addressed the details of the EPA’s final refrigerant delisting ruling. With more than 500 industry participants in attendance, the 14th Webinar in Emerson’s E360 Webinar series explored the final rule’s short- and long-term impacts on the commercial refrigeration industry. As a nationally recognized expert in refrigerants, Rajan began by demonstrating the global trend toward lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants — particularly noting the European Union’s target of phasing down to sub-150 GWP refrigerants in commercial refrigeration applications by 2022.E360 Webinar EPAs Final Refrigerant Ruling Read more

Get Answers to Tough Questions at Our Next E360 Forum

Countless changes over the last few years have left our industry in uncharted waters. Unlike any time in recent history, we’re confronted with a convergence of regulatory motions and market trends that challenge our basic notions of conducting business. This perfect storm is prompting food retailers and foodservice operators alike to rethink long-held market preconceptions, adapt to changing consumer preferences, and prepare for an uncertain future of EPA and DOE compliance.

There are as many questions as there are answers about how we will weather this storm. That’s why Emerson Climate Technologies created its E360 Forums — to facilitate a dialogue that will answer these questions and help shape the future of HVACR. Our next E360 Forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 3 at The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Irving, Texas.

Session Highlights

This free, daylong event will feature timely keynote addresses and interactive breakout sessions to allow you to engage in these important discussions. The keynote addresses will provide information about the latest trends and rulings, while the breakout sessions will allow you to share your concerns and get answers to the questions that keep you up at night. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Keynote address: Refrigerant and Energy Regulations Update — As the EPA moves closer to announcing its final rule in refrigerant delisting, Emerson’s Dr. Rajan Rajendran will explain the many potential scenarios and their far reaching implications.
  • Breakout session, food retail track: Trends in Refrigeration System Architecture & CO2Andre Patenaude and Mitch Knapke will explore the trends in supermarket refrigeration system architecture that are helping cut energy consumption and reduce carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
  • Breakout session, foodservice track: Enterprise Management & Communicating Kitchens — Paul Hepperla will lead an informative session on the potential to connect kitchen equipment and enable communication for a variety of benefits.

For more details about E360 Forums, registration information and the complete agenda, please visit our website: EmersonClimate.com/E360. As an industry, we feel it’s important that we address the tough issues head-on today, so that we can collectively create a realistic path for our future. But, to achieve that goal, we need everyone’s contribution. We look forward to you lending your voice to this important dialogue at our E360 Forum in Dallas.

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 www.emersonclimate.com/makingsensewebinars. We’re helping the industry Make Sense of the issues that matter most.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

EPA Releases Proposed Timeline for HFC Status Changes

Earlier this year I reported the EPA’s intention to move on the delisting of certain hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) and HFC blends this summer. That process is now officially underway. On July 9, the EPA released the prepublication version of a Notice of Public Rule (NOPR) detailing proposed changes in listing status, tentatively scheduled to take effect as early as January 1, 2016.

The proposed rule is part of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, which evaluates and revises acceptable alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (ODS) on an ongoing basis. A 60-day comment period for industry stakeholders begins once this NOPR is published in the Federal Register.

Key points in the rule include bans on R-404A and R-507A for new and retrofitted retail food refrigeration, including direct and indirect supermarket systems and walk-in cooler/freezer condensing units. It also proposes bans on R-404A, R-507A and HFC-134a in new, stand-alone refrigeration units and vending machines. Other blends to be delisted as unacceptable for direct and indirect supermarket systems include: HFC-227ea, R-407B, R-421B, R-422A, R-422C, R-422D, R-428A and R-434A.

These changes are intended to drive the market to refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP). In the near term, the industry will move toward already-tested, available alternatives, such as R-407A, carbon dioxide (CO2) or R-290, depending on the application. The proposed rulemaking will also accelerate the exploration of emerging alternatives, such as R-448A, R-449A, R-450A and XP10, etc.

Emerson Climate has been actively participating in meetings and discussions with the EPA and industry organizations and will continue to do so throughout the commenting process. It is essential that the move to low-GWP refrigerants continues to progress. But it is also important the rulemaking strikes a balance that accounts for the infrastructure changes and resources necessary to support the transition in an effective, commercially viable manner.

We will continue to work proactively on alternatives to make sure you have access to the products and services you’ll need to remain compliant with SNAP. In many cases viable substitutes are already approved and ready for application. We continue to work on developments that will not only meet this NOPR, but keep you compliant with foreseeable future rulings.

We welcome and encourage your participation and feedback throughout the commenting period. We’ll cover the proposed changes and discuss their implications in more detail in our Making Sense webinar on August 26. Click here to register.

For specific details of the proposed changes, review the Rule and Fact Sheet published by the EPA. Check back here for further updates as new information becomes available. We believe the final rule can be expected sometime in late November or early December.

Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D
Vice President, System Innovation Center and Sustainability
Emerson Climate Technologies

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