EU regulation 517/2014 issued by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU has ratified the progressive elimination of HFCs with the highest GWP (Global Warming Potential) levels, commonly found in the refrigeration industry.
R410A is already being phased out and the R407 series is seeing price escalation due to limited availability.
F gas regulations goal is to reduce market availability of HFCs by 80% by 2030 in order to reduce emissions.
Those who continue to use existing systems are obliged to ensure the absence of refrigerant leaks. For decommissioning of existing systems, there are additional measures to minimise release of refrigerant.
Given the trend for the progressive elimination of environmentally harmful refrigerants, over the next few years there will be commercial pressures on companies that continue to use outdated technology that is potentially dangerous to the environment, in addition to greater costs for the maintenance systems using HFCs.
F Gas regulations: 2018 natural gas plug-ins
The F gas Regulations (EU regulation 517/2014) impact plug-in solutions as well as larger refrigeration systems.
IARP display cases and chest freezers use refrigerants with a low GWP rating, such as R290 propane. Iarp, as part of the EPTA group, continues to renew its total product range with versions that use R290 propane or other reduced-GWP refrigerants.
Respecting the environment while gaining economic benefits.
In terms of plug-in sustainability, technological innovation isn’t limited to reducing HFC emissions: in fact, there are solutions currently on the market that ensure lower than average management costs and reduced environmental impact.
What characteristics are required for next-generation display cases to ensure environmental and economic benefits?
- High-efficiency compressors with low GWP (Global Warming Potential)
- LED lighting for reduced energy consumption, less heat dissipation and greater resistance to humidity and vibrations
- Glass with improved thermal insulation reducing heat conduction load
- Electronic fans for an average energy savings of 30% over outdated mechanical fans
- Use of recycled materials exceeding 90%
Technological developments have not only made it possible to improve insulation and energy savings, but they have also generated an increase in the durability of the technical components used in displays and a reduced need for maintenance.
Such savings in time and money are not to be undervalued.
To learn more about the financial impact of service calls and care for displays, download the in-depth analysis on next-generation assistance. The benefits are sure to impress over the short and medium term.