New policy would have significant impact on refrigeration equipment and systems used in numerous retail food refrigeration applications
ST. LOUIS, August 18, 2014 — Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), announced it is preparing an industry communication to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Notice of Public Rule (NOPR) that will delist some refrigerants commonly used in supermarkets, condensing units and commercial refrigeration equipment. Emerson Climate Technologies will also work with industry organizations to draft comments to this NOPR in a timely manner.
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 (GWP). While currently in the comment period, if passed, the rule would ban R-404A/R-507A and R-134a in specific new and retrofit applications by January 1, 2016.
“While we support a shift toward environmentally friendly, low-GWP refrigerants, we also recognize the pressure it puts on the retail food refrigeration industry because of the compressed timeline proposed,” said Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D., vice president, engineering services and sustainability, Emerson Climate Technologies. “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.”
Emerson Climate Technologies has developed systems and equipment for alternatives to the potentially banned refrigerants, many of which are approved and ready for application. The systems and equipment will accommodate R-407A, R-407F and carbon dioxide, among others.
Emerson Climate Technologies will host a webinar on August 26 to provide an in-depth look at alternatives to the refrigerants that have the potential to be banned. You can register for this free webinar at https://emersonevents.webex.com
For a list of products that would be impacted as a result of the NOPR, reference the EPA fact sheet.
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 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.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. For more information, visit www.EmersonClimate.com