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UK:  The latest in BITZER's renowned series of Refrigerant Reports is now available. The 18th edition includes vital information on all current refrigerants including HFC and HFO refrigerants, refrigerant blends, alternative halogen free refrigerants and R22 as a transitional refrigerant. The report once again underlines BITZER'S commitment to providing thoroughly researched and unbiased information to assist specifiers, refrigeration engineers and end users in their selection of refrigerants.

Refrigerant Report 18 reflects the fact that since the early 1990s there have been major changes in refrigeration technology, mainly due to environmental concerns and the need to develop refrigerants that would not contribute to ozone layer depletion. This has resulted in the emergence of many different new refrigerants, blends and alternatives. These are examined in detail and the report shows how system designs can be developed around a refrigerant of choice.

More generally, Refrigerant Report 18 offers the reader important guidance on the concept of TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact) to calculate the environmental impact of the operation of individual refrigeration plants. It also describes the meaning of Eco Efficiency to express the operation of a plant as a consideration of all economic and ecological factors.

Download or view the Bitzer Refrigerant Report 18 here


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EUROPE:  A new report publshed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration and developed in conjuntion with Shecco, reveals that almost two-thirds of large supermarkets surveyed in northern and western Europe are now operating natural refrigerants systems. With the number of supermarkets running CO2 refrigeration systems having reached 2,885 in 2013.

The study of large food retailers in Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and the UK found 65% of respondents had begun to implement natural refrigeration technologies in their stores.  

“This research reflects the shift we’ve observed across the industry over the past two years,” said Thierry Jomard, president, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe. “What we’re seeing today is an intersection point between legislation and increased acceptance of how natural refrigerant technologies can contribute to the overarching goals of carbon footprint reduction and increased energy efficiency.

“Retailers increasingly recognize that natural refrigerants represent a future-proof investment in terms of legislative compliance.

“We’re seeing evidence now of early adopters looking even further ahead toward more holistic thinking about combining heating and cooling, using integrated system solutions to optimize overall energy management.”

In line with the recent trend toward natural refrigerants in commercial refrigeration applications, Carrier has expanded its portfolio of CO2OLtec® systems, which operate on CO2 refrigerant. Based on CO2 booster systems, the current CO2OLtec range provides cooling capacities for small stores to large warehouses, allowing them to efficiently operate in all European climates.

The key challenges still ahead is to make the CO2 technology readily accessible and cost effective for smaller convenience stores, and food retailers in southern Europe, where warmer temperatures reduce the effectiveness of CO2 systems. 

The study has been developed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe, in conjunction with market development company Shecco, who are behind websites,, and

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About Carrier: Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.

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    CHINA:  Market development experts Shecco in conjunction with the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR) have launched a bilingual English-Chinese natural refrigerant survey to better understand China's HVACR market.

    The survey aims to collect data from National HVAC&R industry experts, manufacturers, end users, contractors and associations to understand a number of topics that have become high on the international agenda.

    The results of the survey will be jointly published by shecco and CAR in the GUIDE China 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Market Trends & Potential in China, published as part of the popular GUIDE series, which have become important reference documents for natural refrigerant trends around the world.

    Topics covered in the Chinese survey

    • Current and future (2020, 2030) market share of different natural refrigerants
    • Key motivations for and obstacles to using of natural refrigerants
    • The potential of natural refrigerants in different applications in different sectors
    • Perspectives on natural refrigerants R&D activities
    • Policy climate for natural refrigerants
    • Actions needed to encourage the growth of natural refrigerants market   

    The survey is asking people to provide input to a maximum of 19 questions. These are structured in such as way as to enable people to select those options most relevant to their area of expertise. To encourage participation all respondents will receive a free online version of the GUIDE China 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Market Trends & Potential in China, whose publication is planned for the end of 2014.  

    To take the survey, please follow this link:

    Participants are also encouraged to share the survey within their networks to increase the response rate.


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    Infographic:  A recent survey commissioned by air conditioning specialist Andrews Sykes revealed less than a quarter of office workers find the temperature in their office comfortable, with more than a third suggesting they take at least 10 minutes out of work each day due to temperature alone.

    The survey included 2,000 office workers between the ages of 18 and 60 with the aim being to gauge how temperature affects people's workday. The results point to a general sense of dissatisfaction around temperature.

    Only 24% agreed that their office was an ideal temperature for working throughout the year.

    Now Andrews Sykes have put together a snappy infographic with the results of the survey.

    You can download the infographic here

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    USA:  We all know that air conditioning in your vehicle can effect on fuel economy. Now Emissions Analytics have put to the test over 100 vehicles with different fuel consumptions so see just how much air conditioning can affect your fuel efficiency

    Out the models tested (gasoline, diesel and gasoline hybrid), hybrid automobiles are significantly affected by turning the air conditioning or climate control on, recording a 9.3 percent city/2.8 percent highway average reduction in fuel economy.

    To understand the impact of this, a vehicle with a range of up to 380 miles will be reduced by 35.3 miles if you turn on the air conditioning.

    The second most affected type of vehicle is the one that uses diesel. The average reduction in miles per gallon for diesel-fed automobiles sits at 6.3 percent city and 3.3 percent highway.

    The type of car that uses the least quantity of fuel with air conditioning on is the one that's got a gasoline-fed engine.

    The average reduction in miles per gallon of vehicles running on gasoline is 5.1 percent city and 2.7 percent highway.

    Across the 100+ vehicles the average reduction comes down to 4 percent on the combined driving cycle.

    To see the results of the study, click here. 


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    INTERNATIONAL:  Although Europe have put significant steps in place to reduce the use of HFC's the use is actually rising according to newly published research paper, causing a huge threat to the work being done to combat climate change.

    It is predicted that use of HFC's is increasing and by 2050, will add up to 0.1°C to the global average temperature rise. This clearly makes it more difficult to limit the rise in global temperature to the internationally agreed ceiling of 2°C by the end of the 21st century.

    With predictions like this; announcements from the EPA on plans to ban certain HFC's by 2016 and the new EU F-Gas Regulations are being welcomed by Green Campaigners worldwide.

    Now a timely report released the same day as the EPA announced its proposal to ban HFC's from 2016, researchers; Stephen O. Andersen, Duncan Brack and Joanna Depledge have published a paper following workshop discussions held at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in April 2014, that outlines the main issues around the question of how best to craft a fair and effective global response to the growth in HFC use. Covering a number of key issues which are central to the debate: 

    Impact of Global Warming on Polar Ice Caps

    • The principle of equity between developed and developing countries 
      • The availability of alternatives to HFCs
      • The need for financial support for developing countries
      • The legal relationship between the climate and ozone regimes 
      • The need for political will to resolve these challenges

      The research paper raises questions about the feasibility of introducing natural and alternative refrigerants to developing countries, in terms of cost, training and safety, and their application in very hot climates.

      It goes on to outline the need for financial asssitance and its availiabilty, and support that is required to help developing countries make the transition to climate friendly HFC alternatives.

      There is now doubt developed countries are taking action to reduce and eventually elliminate the use of high-GWP HFCs but the paper indentifies a need to speed up the transition for developing countries. Saying the faster the transition can begin, the less HFC-using equipment is installed and the lower the future demand for HFCs for servicing.

      You can download the full research paper here - A Global Response to HFCs through Fair and Effective Ozone and Climate Policies

      MARKET REPORT:  A new market research publication by Reportstack forecasts the Global Split Air Conditioning market will grow at a CAGR of 8.93 percent over the period 2013-2018.

      The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Split Air Conditioning market during the period 2014-2018.

      To calculate the market size, the report takes into account the revenue generated from the following product segments: Unducted Standard Split ACs, Ducted Standard Split ACs, VRF ACs, and US Ducted Split ACs.

      The report Global Split AC Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Split AC market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

      Key Regions


      Key Vendors

      Carrier Corp.
      Daikin Industries Ltd.
      Gree Electric Appliance Inc. of Zhuhai
      Ingersoll-Rand plc
      Johnson Controls Inc.
      LG Electronics Inc.
      Midea Group Co. Ltd.
      Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
      Panasonic Corp.

      Other Prominent Vendors

      Airwell Group
      Dwyer Instruments Inc.
      Haier Consumer Electronics Group Co. Ltd.
      Lennox International Inc.
      Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
      Siemens AG
      Toshiba Corp.
      Voltas Ltd.
      Whirlpool Corp.

      Key Market Driver

      Increase in Construction Activities.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Market Challenge

      Capital-intensive Market.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Market Trend

      Global Shift to Green Technology and Renewable Energy Sources.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Questions Answered in this Report

      What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?
      What are the key market trends?
      What is driving this market?
      What are the challenges to market growth?
      Who are the key vendors in this market space?
      What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
      What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

      To view the table of contents and know more details you can visit Global Split AC Market 2014-2018.

      SCOTLAND: New statistics from the Energy Saving Trust have revealed the amount of heat produced from green energy sources increased by almost a fifth last year.

      Renewable energy technologies such as biomass, ground source and air source heat pumps and solar thermal devices - produced 2,904 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of heat in 2013.

      That represents a rise of 17% from the 2012 total of 2,481 GWh.

      With the Scottish Government setting a target of having 11% of non-electrical heat demand being met from renewable sources by 2020 it seems they are on the way.

      Mike Thornton, director of the Energy Saving Trust, said Scotland is "very much on track to reach its renewable heat targets", according to the latest figures.

      He added that schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) form part of a "compelling package of incentives and grants for households in Scotland that are interested in installing renewable heat technologies".

      The Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme also provides interest free loans up to £10,000 from the Scottish Government to help homeowners pay the up-front cost of installation.

      Mr Thornton said: "We expect household take-up of renewable heat to increase further in 2014 as there are big savings to be made.

      "Installing a renewable heat technology in an off-gas property in Scotland and claiming RHI could generate savings and income anywhere between £1,500 and £4,000 a year."

      Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: "We are committed in helping support households and business across Scotland to reduce their need for heat, use efficient heat supply and low carbon and renewable heat sources

      "We have set out our approach to decarbonising our heat system, diversifying our sources of heat, reducing pressure on household energy bills and maximising the economic opportunities of the transition to a low carbon heat sector.

      "Scotland is an energy rich nation where heat accounts for over half of all energy we use, with an estimated £2.6 billion a year being spent on heating and cooling in Scotland.

      "We need a heat system that can provide affordable warmth and resilient heat supply, with a competitive business and industry base, which addresses climate change, and offers potential for the low carbon economic opportunities supporting sustainable economic growth."

      BELGUIM:  Daikin Europe N.V.’s strategy of investing in new technology and emerging markets continued to deliver growth in 2013-14.

      Daikin Europe N.V.’s consolidated turnover was €1902 million for the financial year 2013 (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014), up 4% on the previous year, with profit growing by 17%, compared with FY2012.

      Growth was driven in large part by emerging markets, particularly Turkey, which saw turnover rise by 17%. Increased activity in the hotel sector led to 50% growth in sales of the company’s VRV commercial climate control system. The positive result was also due to Daikin’s entry into the “volume zone” air conditioning market, with launch of a new entry level domestic air conditioner range.

      The rest of Europe saw moderate growth as signs of a recovery started to emerge and this is expected to continue, as demonstrated by strong sales across the region in the final quarter of FY2013. Alongside Turkey, Daikin Central Europe turnover grew by 10%, while Sweden saw growth of 23%, mainly due to the high take up of the new Daikin Altherma ground source heat pump.

      Other products launched in FY2013 include the Daikin Altherma hybrid heat pump; the VRV IV heat recovery system and the high-end Daikin Emura II domestic air conditioner, which won the world-renowned 2014 red dot award for product design in the air conditioning category.

      Daikin Europe N.V is aiming to deliver sales of over €2bn in FY2014, as economic conditions continue to improve. With a number of new products having come to market in the last 12 months, suitable for a wide range of domestic, commercial and industrial applications and customer budgets, Daikin Europe N.V. is poised to deliver strong results over the coming year.

      About Daikin Europe N.V.

      Daikin Europe N.V. is a major European producer of air conditioners, heat pumps and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 5,500 employees throughout Europe and 10 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK.

      Globally, Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions. With more than 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technologies, Daikin is a market leader in heat pump technology.

      UK: A survey has been carried out by the Electrical Contractors Insurance Service (ECIS) which questioned 200 tradesmans, across all trades including roofers, electricians, plumbers, heating engineers and joiners about their attitudes to pay and conditions, business pressures and health issues.

      The Facts:

      • Working more - 25 per cent of heating and ventilation engineers worked more in 2013 than in 2012, compared to 19% of plumbers. And both trades have experienced more business pressures.
      • Optimism about business prospects - Plumbers were far more positive. Only 7% of heating and ventilation engineers were very positive compared to 42% of plumbers
      • Joining the Profession - 84% of the plumbers surveyed said they’d encourage a young person to join their profession. 79% of heating and ventilation contractors felt the same.
      • Stress and Illness - 36% of heating and ventilation engineers have suffered fatigue and stress, in the past year, and 21% have had a back, neck, arm, shoulder, hip, knee or leg injuries
      • Leaving the Job - A third of heating and ventilation engineers and a third of plumbers have considered leaving their profession, in the past year.

      ECIS sales and marketing director Phil Scarrett said, “It looks like business is booming for heating and ventilation engineers, as well as plumbers. These trades continue to be in high demand, with many working more than they were a year or so ago.

      “The government’s initiatives to create new homes will only bring more work to this sector. However, it’s worrying to see that a third of heating and ventilation workers have suffered from stress and fatigue over the last 12 months and that many skilled people have considered leaving their profession.

      “With a working week typically exceeding 46 hours including weekends and evenings, it’s easy to see how health and well-being can take a back-seat. However, it’s important to find time to step back and take stock.

      “Key to this is making time for regular health checks and screenings to help identify and tackle any underlying issues. Health assessments are an excellent way to understand and improve your health as they provide a powerful incentive to take positive action, either to seek treatment or to make changes to the way you live.”