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Proposed EPA Regulations Pose Challenges

by Jun 01, 2015

There’s a major storm brewing in the world of refrigeration and at its center is the Environmental Protection Agency’s intended delisting of certain refrigerants, specifically R-404a and R-134a, beginning January 1, 2016. The implications of this proposed delisting are far-reaching, not only to manufacturers but to business operators as well.

The EPA recently approved climate-friendly refrigerant alternatives including ethane, isobutane, propane and the hydrocarbon blend R-441A. However, there are multiple issues to consider when choosing the appropriate replacement for each type of application. These issues are compounded when taking into consideration manufacturers have to meet U.S. Department of Energy requirements at the same time.

As stated in a recent article in Foodservice Equipment Reports’ FER Fortnightly*:

“The proposed rule’s mandate to switch to unproven alternatives is likely to interfere with compliance to the efficiency standards for refrigeration equipment laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy—possibly increasing energy use and related emissions and thus proving to be environmentally counterproductive.”

*Reprinted with permission from Foodservice Equipment Reports, copyright 2015

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Proposed EPA Regulations Pose Challenges

by Katie Pierce | Jun 01, 2015

There’s a major storm brewing in the world of refrigeration and at its center is the Environmental Protection Agency’s intended delisting of certain refrigerants, specifically R-404a and R-134a, beginning January 1, 2016. The implications of this proposed delisting are far-reaching, not only to manufacturers but to business operators as well.

The EPA recently approved climate-friendly refrigerant alternatives including ethane, isobutane, propane and the hydrocarbon blend R-441A. However, there are multiple issues to consider when choosing the appropriate replacement for each type of application. These issues are compounded when taking into consideration manufacturers have to meet U.S. Department of Energy requirements at the same time.

As stated in a recent article in Foodservice Equipment Reports’ FER Fortnightly*:

“The proposed rule’s mandate to switch to unproven alternatives is likely to interfere with compliance to the efficiency standards for refrigeration equipment laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy—possibly increasing energy use and related emissions and thus proving to be environmentally counterproductive.”

*Reprinted with permission from Foodservice Equipment Reports, copyright 2015