CALIFORNIA: A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

With special coverage of California’s impact on the natural refrigerants market, the January 2017 issue of Accelerate America describes the Golden State’s national leadership on environmental issues, including its latest plan to reduce emissions of HFCs and spark adoption of natural refrigerants. California’s determination to fight climate change, regardless of the policies pursued by the new Trump Administration, includes targeting potent greenhouse gases known as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – notably methane, black carbon (soot) and HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). The SLCP Strategy calls for emissions reduction to take place through a combination of voluntary and regulatory measures, including some that can promote adoption of low-GWP alternatives such as natural refrigerants. Already California is home to a multitude of natural refrigerant systems, including CO2 transcritical and low-charge ammonia. The state’s utilities are developing energy incentive programs to support more adoption of these systems.

 

Also in the January issue: Previews from key equipment users and manufacturers about natural refrigerant developments expected this year. Two policy articles offer an update on the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest safety rules governing industrial ammonia refrigeration, and Canada’s plans to phase down HFCs. Two small grocery operators – DeCicco & Sons and New Seasons Market ­– are installing transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems in multiple stores; a Piggly Wiggly store in Georgia continues to save energy by using an ammonia/CO2 refrigeration system; Belgium retailer Colruyt is dedicated to using only hydrocarbon refrigerants in its food stores. The AHR Expo in Las Vegas features educational sessions and exhibits geared toward natural refrigerants. Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions has a multi-pronged approach to promoting its CO2 equipment. Accelerate America Opens Awards Program torecognize end-user companies in food retail, foodservice and industrial refrigeration, innovation of the year and person of the year.

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