Sydney, 19 April 2017: With the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol giving leading retailers in Australia and New Zealand an extra incentive to forge ahead with their HFC phase-down pathways, the autumn edition of Accelerate Australia & NZ looks at how natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R systems are already helping their European counterparts to reduce the environmental footprint of their stores.
“Many of the technology solutions that will deliver the transition to natural refrigerants in Australia and New Zealand are already up and running in Europe – with new ones on display at EuroShop. These are exciting times for natural refrigerants, and it’s great to see the progress being made in bringing these sustainable HVAC&R solutions to warmer climates,” said Andrew Williams, editor of Accelerate Australia & NZ.
Coles was among the homegrown retailers making the long trip to Düsseldorf for EuroShop, the world’s biggest retail tradeshow, to learn how the solutions used in Europe can be applied back home (see our Cover Story).
HVAC&R industry leaders across the region see opportunities for natural refrigerants, particularly as the government in Australia moves ahead with its response to Kigali. This issue reports from AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2017 conference, which served as a platform for discussion on how the sector will manage the Australian HFC phase-down beginning in January 2018.
Beyond these shores, we visit Dutch retailer Albert Heijn, which has put natural refrigerants CO2 and propane at the heart of ‘Europe’s most sustainable supermarket’ in Purmerend, just north of Amsterdam. In Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is ready to market the world’s first commercially available water-refrigerant centrifugal chiller for use in air-conditioning applications.
Thanks to the condensing unit, CO2 refrigeration is reaching areas of application that some did not believe possible. This issue looks at how Japanese and European manufacturers are already harnessing them to overcome the challenges of bringing CO2 to convenience stores and other compact locations.
Features on AJ Baker & Sons and GEA add to this edition of Accelerate Australia & NZ.
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