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Global Agreement reached to limit the use of HFCs

On Saturday 15 October, close to 200 developed and developing nations struck a landmark deal to phase down the production and use of HFCs by 85 per cent at the Montreal Protocol meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda.

The agreement is being celebrated as the biggest environmental success since last year’s Paris climate deal, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to 2C.

HFCs are widely seen as the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutant. Australian Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg said HFC gases are used in more than 45 million pieces of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and contribute up to two per cent of Australia’s carbon equivalent emissions.

The reduction in emissions will be achieved through a gradually declining cap on imports and is estimated to achieve up to 72 billion tonnes in carbon dioxide equivalent emission savings by 2050.

“This will not only benefit the environment but provide long-term investment certainty to industry, allowing a gradual and low cost transition to alternative gases and equipment,” Mr Frydenberg has said.

As your HVAC&R Business Partner, Heatcraft offers a complete Gas2Go® product and service solutions offer to help you understand and prepare for the changes ahead. As part of the Gas2Go® Total Gas Management System, Heatcraft can assist you to be informed and have access to new and existing refrigerant technologies from overseas markets so you can navigate the retrofit of HCFC and HFCs.

Heatcraft Gas2Go® is available from all Heatcraft and Heatcraft Plus outlets across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Heatcraft Australia offers a national network of account managers and field engineers dedicated to guiding you through your unique refrigerant requirements.

Australia adopts International Standards for Refrigeration Safety

Standards Australia Media Release: 19 October 2016

• Strong industry and government engagement sees Australia adopt ISO standards for refrigeration safety
• Documents supersede the AS/NZS 1677 series

Significant changes have been made to refrigeration standards, with the following now published and available:

• AS/NZS ISO 817:2016, Refrigerants — Designation and safety classification
• AS/NZS 5149.1:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 1: Definitions, classification and selection criteria
• AS/NZS 5149.2:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 2: Design, construction, testing, marking and documentation
• AS/NZS 5149.3:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 3: Installation site
• AS/NZS 5149.4:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 4: Operation, maintenance, repair and recovery

Phil Wilkinson, Executive Manager–Government Relations and Technical Services at the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), explained the significance of these publications.

“The adoption of these standards is a really important step as the HVAC&R industry transitions to a low emission future. This weekend saw the announcement that global agreement had been reached on an HFC phase down and this international alignment of standards supports our shift away from HFC refrigerants and towards low global warming refrigerant alternatives.

“The HVAC&R industry strategy to transition to low emissions, PRIME, identified very early on that AS/NZS 1677 needed to be reviewed. Standards Australia in response to stakeholders’ needs worked closely with industry and government and supported PRIME to achieve this major milestone,” said Mr Wilkinson.

As direct or modified adoptions of international standards, AS/NZS ISO 817 supersedes AS/NZS 1677.1:1998, Refrigerating systems - Refrigerant classification and the AS/NZS 5149 series supersedes AS/NZS 1677.2:1998 Refrigerating systems - Safety requirements for fixed applications.

Partnering for Success as AIRAH Awards Finalists

Heatcraft Australia is proud to partner with Refrigeration Innovations, Fuller Refrigeration, Emerson Australia and LMOB Electrical Control as AIRAH Awards Finalists in the Category of Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade.

Project Consultant Dave Redden of Refrigeration Innovations, lead the project team through the successful multi-million dollar refurbishment of IGA Boccaccio Cellars, Balwyn VIC. The project consisted of an enlarged supermarket and liquor area, refurbished and enlarged wine cellar, delicatessen, butcher, green grocer, basement car park and aboveground apartments.

With energy savings and carbon reduction objectives, the project team adopted a holistic approach, which included a hybrid Kirby CO2 / R134a parallel rack system to deliver heating and cooling, scroll compressors, variable speed drives, EC fans, an advanced Emerson control system, enclosed refrigeration cases, LED lighting and rooftop solar panels.

The supermarket increased from 1200m2 to 2400m2. The low-temperature refrigeration increased by 60% sales capacity, while the medium temperature refrigeration increased by 380% sales capacity. As a result of all the technologies employed, initial estimates indicate the owners will achieve savings in the region of 20-30%.

The AIRAH Awards are the HVAC&R industry’s most prestigious awards and recognise and celebrate Australia’s outstanding HVAC&R projects and leaders.

Dave Redden M.A.I.R.A.H., Principal, Refrigeration Innovations Pty Ltd commented;

“It has been a fantastic experience to be involved in this project. The collaboration with everyone at Heatcraft from management through to the technical team was outstanding and could not have been achieved without the effort from all parties. It is great to get such back up from such a large organization and their resources.

Recognition must also be given to Simon Fuller at Fuller Refrigeration and their electrical team at LMOB, for delivering such a professional installation and sharing the goal, great effort all.

But last but not least thanks to the D’Anna family at Boccaccio Cellars for entrusting us with a great deal of their hard-earned money and sharing the sustainability objectives.”

Tom Overs, Vice President & General Manager of Heatcraft Australia and New Zealand noted;

“The AIRAH Awards acknowledge the excellence, dedication and leadership that contribute towards industry best practice – something Heatcraft regard as critical to our future success”.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, Affil.AIRAH, says industry recognition such as the AIRAH Awards encourages improvement in best-practice standards, consistently raising the bar across the HVAC&R industry.

“In past years we’ve showcased the industry’s best, and we hope that through continuing to recognise excellence, we encourage the wider industry to strive for high standards of achievement,” Gleeson says.

“The AIRAH Awards are a pivotal component of the Institute’s activities.”

Winners will be announced at the AIRAH Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, November 10, at Crystal Palace, Luna Park, Sydney.

Heatcraft New Zealand announces agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Heatcraft New Zealand is pleased to announce a distributor partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Heatcraft branches will now stock the standard SRK-ZMA range, with the SRK-MXA high-efficiency range and other MHI units available on request.

Mark Meyer, Heatcraft New Zealand Sales Manager commented;

“This is an exciting addition that allows us to offer a broader heat pump selection to our customers. All our branches have displays in-store and we have stock on hand ready for the peak season”.

Heatcraft also offer a complete range of pair coil, ducting, brackets and install items, making Heatcraft a one-stop-shop for HVAC equipment and install.

ZMA capacities range from 2.0 kW cooling capacity to 9.2 kW cooling capacity. Please contact your local branch or Heatcraft Account Manager on 0800 653 330 for opening specials.


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HFC Phase Down of Imports for Australia from January 2018

The phase down of HFC’s (R404A, R134a, R410A etc) is expected to be legislated in parliament in 2016 after the 2nd July Federal Election. On the 27th of June Greg Hunt, the minister for Environment, issued a press release declaring “A re-elected Turnbull Government will deliver an 85 per cent phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) that will see Australia continue as a global leader in reducing emissions in the same way that Australia led the world in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.” The mechanism for phase down of HFC’s within Australia is expected to be similar to the early stages of phase down with HCFC’s (R22).

Greg Hunt commented “By working together, the Government and industry have reduced annual greenhouse emissions from CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs from over 100 million tonnes in 1989 to under 12 million tonnes now. And we are now placed to further reduce emissions by a further 80 million tonnes over the period 2018 to 2030. Australia’s HFC phase-down supports the proposed global phase-down under the Montreal Protocol.”

As your HVAC&R Business Partner, Heatcraft understands and plan for changes in refrigerant technologies driven from overseas markets, to support you in the phase down of HFC’s. We use our global and local industry experts to ensure solutions meet today's and tomorrow's stringent requirements.

Heatcraft has the unique position of being able to leverage our Local and Global business to assist our customers to;

- Have access to new Gas and existing Gas technologies to help our customers navigate the retrofit of HCFC and HFC and provide a thorough understanding of refrigerant for new equipment
- Provide value added services to enable our customers to be more efficient and be able to find a point of differentiation from their competition.

Further information on the phase down can be found on the Fact sheet: Outcomes of the Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme.

With a distribution footprint of over 70 outlets, Heatcraft is your leading manufacturing and wholesale business. We have a national and international network of account managers and field engineers dedicated to deliver a range of Value add services to help your businesses and guide your business through the HFC phase down. Call us on 13 23 50 for more information.