Investment helps refrigeration industry prepare for anticipated EPA and European Union refrigerant delisting rules
ST. LOUIS, January 26, 2015 — Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a company of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), announced its ongoing investment in sustainable alternatives in anticipation of possible U.S. EPA and current European Union rules that will delist some refrigerants commonly used in supermarkets, condensing units and commercial refrigeration equipment. Both the European Union and U.S. EPA have announced plans to transition new applications away from refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP) such as R-404A and R-507A.
The proposed EPA rule is part of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) and works in conjunction with the president’s Climate Action Plan to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) with high global warming potential. The rule as proposed, would ban R-404A/R-507A and R-134a in specific new and retrofit applications by January 1, 2016. The European Union has announced a new regulation that went in to effect this January 1 to cut fluorinated gases (F-gas) by two-thirds from 2015 to 2030.
“Emerson has a long-standing commitment of proactively investing in and evaluating sustainable alternatives for commercial refrigeration, specifically for components and controls with environmentally friendly refrigerant capability,” said Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D., vice president, systems innovation center and sustainability, Emerson Climate Technologies. “Emerson actively participated in and published 7 reports in AHRI’s Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program and has invested in a full lineup of R407A/C/F compressors for commercial refrigeration applications and CO2, propane and ammonia offerings for appropriate applications, depending on regulation and performance.”
In addition, Emerson is prepared to support customers and devote more resources to qualifying lower GWP (600-1500) A1 refrigerant alternatives such as R-448A, R-449A, R-450A and R-513A. Customers interested in field or lab testing these alternatives should contact Emerson or their refrigerant manufacturer now. Production release of a wide range of scroll and semi-hermetic compressors for these alternatives is expected later this year.
“To help our customers lessen the resource constraints and costs associated with a shift of this magnitude, we have been working to develop products and equipment that will not only comply with this delisting proposal, but also those in the foreseeable future,” said Rajendran.
Emerson has also developed a number of resources, including online webinars and design expertise, to help those in the commercial refrigeration industry understand the implications of these rules as well as long-term options. Please contact your local Emerson representative to understand more about our resources, refrigerant evaluations and pending low-GWP qualified product releases.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.