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Nigeria starts HC refrigerant production and export to We...

Nigeria starts HC refrigerant production and export to We...

7 August 2014
As part of the HCFC phase out plan, Nigeria has started production of hydrocarbon refrigerants with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funding from the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal...
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Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection offers subsi...

Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection offers subsi...

30 July 2014
On 29 April, as part of the ‘Room Air Conditioning Industry HCFC Phase-out Management Action Plan’, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection published a list of nine air conditioner (AC) makers eli...
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ATMOsphere Network Paris highlights global natural refrig...

ATMOsphere Network Paris highlights global natural refrig...

28 July 2014
The ATMOsphere Network Paris held on 17 July in Paris as a side event to the Montreal Protocol meeting provided an update on the conversion of the Chinese room AC sector to hydrocarbons. In addition, market trends for...
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INDUSTRY REACTIONS: to US EPA proposed approval of 4 HCs ...

INDUSTRY REACTIONS: to US EPA proposed approval of 4 HCs ...

18 July 2014
Following the June 2014 US EPA proposal to approve hydrocarbon refrigerants in six additional refrigeration and air conditioning applications, hydrocarbons21.com has talked to leading industry equipment manufacturers ...
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Leapfrogging policies discussed in UN workshop

Leapfrogging policies discussed in UN workshop

17 July 2014
hydrocarbons21.com reports on legislated and proposed policies supporting natural refrigerants by Seychelles, Mauritius and Mexico, as well as a novel approach to phasing-down HFCs internationally, as discussed during...
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US: Goodbye high-GWP HFCs, hello hydrocarbons?

US: Goodbye high-GWP HFCs, hello hydrocarbons?

11 July 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal that would prohibit the use of certain high-GWP HFCs in applications where safer, more climate-friendly substitutes such as hydrocarbons exist, for ex...
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US EPA proposes approval of 4 HCs in 6 AC&R applications

US EPA proposes approval of 4 HCs in 6 AC&R applications

27 June 2014
On 26 June 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to list additional hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants in six refrigeration and air conditioning applications: stand-alone commercial and household refr...
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Wider adoption of HC solutions expected in the US as a re...

Wider adoption of HC solutions expected in the US as a re...

26 June 2014
ATMOsphere America 2014 provided a platform for key industry players to learn about the upcoming regulatory changes and opportunities that could increase the demand for hydrocarbon (HC) equipment in the US in the near...
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China set to reduce HFC emissions by 280 million tonnes o...

China set to reduce HFC emissions by 280 million tonnes o...

9 June 2014
At the end of May 2014, the China’s State Council announced a short-term target to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 280 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2015. In addition, a Chinese government...
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UK government report recommends incentives for low-GWP re...

UK government report recommends incentives for low-GWP re...

4 June 2014
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently launched a study, which assessed the environmental impacts of refrigerant leakage in heat pumps. The report concluded that in view of the increased de...
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7th EHPA Forum: Almost 90% of heat pumps installed in top...

7th EHPA Forum: Almost 90% of heat pumps installed in top...

28 May 2014
The 7th European Heat Pump Forum, organised by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), this year took place in Berlin on 20 May. Preliminary statistics from 2013 presented at the event show a continuous growth in h...
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UPDATE: LIVE REACTIONS: to US EPA hydrocarbon exemption f...

UPDATE: LIVE REACTIONS: to US EPA hydrocarbon exemption f...

26 May 2014
The venting of hydrocarbons R600a, R441A and R290 used as substitutes in domestic and stand-alone retail refrigeration, previously prohibited under section 608 of the Clean Air Act legalized in 1995, have been exempt ...
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US EPA lifts venting prohibition for SNAP approved hydroc...

US EPA lifts venting prohibition for SNAP approved hydroc...

21 May 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the regulations regarding the Venting Prohibition for Specific Refrigerant Substitutes, exempting SNAP approved hydrocarbons substitutes. Following an evaluatio...
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Public enquiry on revision of EN 378 open until 19 May

Public enquiry on revision of EN 378 open until 19 May

15 May 2014
EN 378, the key European standard specifying safety and environmental requirements for refrigerating systems and heat pumps is currently under revision. The public enquiry that closes on 19 May 2014 is a critical step...
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Leading UN report urges immediate action to mitigate clim...

Leading UN report urges immediate action to mitigate clim...

3 April 2014
The world’s most comprehensive study on climate change to date, released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of March 2014, stresses the urgency of fast action to mitigate climate ...