A website managed by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace is seeking examples of energy-efficient equipment with natural refrigerants or installations of those products to add to its database, called Cool Technologies.
The aim of the database is to provide policymakers and end users with references to energy-efficient HVAC&R equipment that do not rely on halogenated refrigerants, whether ozone depleting, climate-altering or forever chemicals, thereby reducing energy costs and avoiding direct emissions of questionable substances to the environment.
Equipment charged with all nature-based refrigerants are welcome to feature in the website, whether carbon dioxide/CO2 (R744), hydrocarbons, ammonia/NH3 (R717), water or air.
The website gathers products and installation examples from around the world, relying on inputs from industry stakeholders. It divides products into three main categories: refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps. Each category is further divided into domestic, commercial and industrial, plus mobile refrigeration and air-conditioning.
Call for submission
In light of the current revision of the EU F-gas Regulation, as well as studies indicating that the Kigali Amendment objectives may fall short in achieving the objectives set in the Paris Accord, the two NGOs are calling for other natural refrigerants-based products and case studies to be featured in the Cool Technologies database to prove that energy-efficient and natural refrigerants-based solutions can be found worldwide.
Submission to the Cool Technologies website is free of charge, and information can be provided through a user-friendly form at this link. Alternatively, interested stakeholders can get in touch with the EIA team to learn more about the project.