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E360 Webinar Will Discuss What’s Next on the Regulatory Horizon

In recent years, the shifting regulatory landscape has sent shock waves through the small- and large-format retail markets. Understanding what’s coming next may mean the difference between thriving and merely surviving in this dynamic environment. In our next E360 Webinar we’re bringing together three leading authorities on refrigerants, energy and food safety to give their unique perspectives on what they expect to see on the regulatory horizon.

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The next E360 Webinar, entitled What’s Next in Refrigerants, Energy Management and Food Safety Regulation?, will take place live from The Helix Innovation Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m., EDT. Each expert panelist will lead a discussion about the continuing regulations and how they are likely to impact our collective futures. Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn:

  • Refrigerant Regulations Update. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, will provide the latest update on the ever-changing regulatory landscape related to the EPA’s final rule on refrigerant delisting and the DOE’s energy reduction mandates. You’ll learn about a new class of alternative synthetic refrigerants that promise lower global warming potential, as well as the re-emergence of natural options such as propane and CO2.
  • Energy Management. What goes up must come down. And when it comes to energy, the inverse is also true. While energy costs may be at the lower end of the spectrum today, they’re not likely to stay there for long. Michael Britt, vice president of energy innovation center at Southern Company, will discuss regulatory developments aimed at energy conservation and their impact on retailers.
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Impacts. Marc Sanchez represents FDA-regulated companies in the food, dietary supplement, beverage, cosmetic, medical device and drug industries. A published author and leading voice in understanding FSMA, Marc will share his unique insights and explain how FSMA is the most comprehensive update to food safety regulations in decades. You’ll learn about its far-reaching impacts to retailers and their supply chain partners.

This informative session will be followed by a 15-minute question and answer session where Helix attendees and remote participants can submit questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your questions answered and learn directly from the experts about how this dynamic regulatory landscape may impact your business. Register now to join us Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m., EDT.

Achieving Compliance Is Our Top Priority

The question we’ve been asked most often over the past year is this: “What is Emerson Climate Technologies doing to prepare for future regulations?” Between the EPA’s multiple SNAP rulings on refrigerants and the DOE’s energy reduction mandates, complying with these regulations has been a primary concern for our customers.

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Importance of Effective Leak Detection Explored in Recent E360 Webinar

In the fifteenth installment of Emerson Climate Technologies’ E360 Webinar series, Director of Innovation John Wallace presented “Understanding Refrigerant Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs.” The informative Webinar introduced the impacts of leak detection, provided an overview of current and proposed regulations, and discussed the key elements and technologies used in a leak detection program.

To place  leak detection in the proper context, Wallace explained that an average supermarket has approximately 3,500 pounds of refrigerant on-site, of which approximately 20 percent is lost each year to leaks. While the annual economic cost is nearly $5,000 for an individual store, across a chain of stores this impact becomes much more significant — $500,000 for a 100-site supermarket chain. In this scenario, that environmental impact is equivalent to 124,500 metric tons of CO2: the emissions of 24,000 cars or 10,600 homes. Wallace explained that refrigeration racks and cases are among the largest contributors to supermarket refrigerant leaks. He also provided links to the EPA’s financial impact calculators so that attendees could perform this analysis for their specific scenarios.

Wallace explained that understanding the regulatory landscape is equally as important. The EPA has announced a significant new alternatives policy (SNAP) proposal to amend Section 608 of its Clean Air Act, lowering its existing 35 percent leak detection threshold to 20 percent in industrial process refrigeration and commercial refrigeration. The SNAP proposal also calls for quarterly inspections for systems containing at least 500 pounds of refrigerant. Wallace pointed out the potential for inspections and reminded attendees to familiarize themselves with the EPA’s specific proposal to make sure they know the potential impacts to their particular application.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is also part of the leak detection regulatory landscape. Similar to Section 608, CARB is a state-specific measure that requires periodic leak inspections, reporting and follow-up actions. For systems containing more than 2,000 pounds of refrigerant charge, CARB has mandated the use of Automated Leak Detection (ALD) equipment to ensure ongoing, proper leak detection procedures. Wallace explained how the EPA’s SNAP proposal to Section 608 and CARB both shared some key characteristics, and that ALD equipment would be critical to detecting leaks, issuing notifications, and continuous monitoring and reporting.

Wallace presented the best practices of an effective leak detection program, starting by establishing a zero-tolerance policy that stresses the importance of detecting and minimizing leaks throughout an organization. Then, through utilization of leak detection technology, organizations can begin to correlate leak occurrences to specific equipment, analyze data to identify trends and implement corrective actions. Early detection and proper maintenance procedures are also critical to minimizing leak rates.

Finally, Wallace also talked about the technologies available to help organizations minimize the impacts of leak detection and help them achieve regulatory compliance. He discussed the two primary technology categories and their characteristics, all of which potentially meet CARB’s ALD requirement:

  • Direct — directly monitors the concentration of refrigerants in the air; made up of both active and passive types that can connect to a site monitoring system to provide notifications:
    • Active — centralized system with tubing technology that “sniffs” multiple zones
    • Passive — zone-specific infrared technology
  • Indirect — monitors and interprets the status and operation of the refrigeration system. This method generally uses existing sensors and hardware.

To learn more about leak detection and view this Webinar in its entirety, please visit our website.

New E360 Webinar Will Look at Leak Detection Programs

Recent regulatory rulings proposed by the EPA place increased emphasis on the commercial refrigeration industry to address refrigerant leak rates. Retailers, and others, are under increasing pressure and are taking proactive steps to reduce — and even eliminate — refrigerant leaks.

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But many retailers still don’t fully understand this issue or know where to start in their facility. They are unsure how to implement an effective detection program, or what methods and technologies are needed to do so.

With compliance top-of-mind — and the financial investment also of critical importance — a basic understanding of leak detection is more necessary than ever as the commercial refrigeration industry continues to respond to government regulatory changes.

This is why our next E360 Webinar is geared toward providing a basic understanding of leak detection and the methods needed to implement an effective detection program.

John Wallace, director of innovation for Emerson’s Retail Solutions business segment, will present a webinar entitled “Understanding Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. EST.

Wallace will discuss:

  • What an effective leak detection program looks like
  • The benefits of putting such a program in place
  • An overview of the current and proposed regulatory changes related to leak detection
  • Current leak detection technologies, including practical tips on how to get the best results

To make sure you understand leak detection and what’s needed to implement an effective program, register now to join us on Nov. 3 from 2–3 p.m. EST.

You can learn more about our webinar program — as well as access our archives of past webinars — by visiting our website at EmersonClimate.com/E360-Webinars.

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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