Danfoss Brings Refrigerant Transition Down to Earth During Climate Week
Sept. 22, 2017: Danfoss successfully concluded a week of activities supporting the refrigerant transition in the global refrigeration and air conditioning industry. They connected with OEMs, installers, and policy makers through a variety of activities, including webinars in over 51 countries, social media campaigns, online quizzes, new videos, tools, and training.
Refrigeration and air-conditioning is responsible for 10% of global CO emissions – three times of what is attributed to aviation and shipping combined. In order to fixing climate change requires, Cooling must be fixed first. Now is the time for our industry to create awareness about and contribute to sustainable cooling. Danfoss has already joined forces with other agents of change at Climate Week New York to help solve the world’s cooling challenges. However, refrigerant shortages, new refrigerant launches, price and tax increases, and shifting regulations make it challenging for industry professionals and decision-makers to anticipate and plan for the future.
For many applications, including large air conditioning or refrigeration systems (chillers, rooftops, condensing units, …), the future includes the use of lightly to mildly flammable refrigerants. The transition to these refrigerants will take time as the standards and codes of other industries (buildings, fire, mechanical, transportation, applications and equipment) will have to be revised to consider the higher charge limits of natural refrigerants. Careful planning is the key to success for a sustainable refrigerant transition and special attention needs to be paid to industries, jobs, and the planet. Enable training and education opportunities as quickly as possible is critical, especially when it comes to flammable refrigerants.
Danfoss will play a crucial role and help lead the way during this transition. We have developed an intensive qualification program of over 15 distinct product families, which are ready for 25 refrigerants. We have also organized 30 webinars that focus on global trends, sustainable goals, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, food retail, and the tools needed to support the transition. An online “transition center” is available at Refrigerants.Danfoss.com and contains several tools to support the refrigerant transition and product selection. All webinar recordings of the refrigerant week are available at refrigerants.danfoss.com.
"The discussion around low-GWP and natural refrigerants is absolutely essential to have, and I’m encouraged that so many people were engaged in a variety of ways during Refrigerant Week, including on social media, through webinars, and in personal meetings. This is only the beginning as we work together to make cooling even more sustainable,"concludes Jürgen Fischer, President of Danfoss Cooling