Emerson Experts Discuss Refrigerant Regulations and Alternatives


Emerson recently hosted an AHR version of its E360 series at the E360 Regulatory Breakfast in Las Vegas.

In a report, Achrnews stated that Emerson’s Vice President for System Innovation Center and Sustainability Dr. Rajan Rajendran commenced the presentations by discussing refrigerant regulations and options.

Dr. Rajendran mentioned that although the United States’ involvement in the Kigali Amendment is obscure after the recently concluded presidential election, the course for Emerson, as well as the other manufacturers worldwide, is now clear.

He further stated, “As a global company, we have to be able to meet the needs of our customers in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and so on. And to the extent that all of them are going to sign on to the Kigali Amendment and start acting upon some of these phaseouts, we are going to have to think about the products we offer to the rest of the world. So even if we do not necessarily go through some of (the Kigali Amendment’s) step-downs in the United States, it is still happening elsewhere.”

The Director for Innovation and Retail Solutions John Wallace explained the importance of refrigerant leak detection. He remarked that there is a negative economic effect to refrigerant leaks as well as an environmental cost. Wallace also discussed the sources of leaks and their causes and presented the main factors of a good leak detection program.

Lastly, the Vice President and General Manager of Emerson for Commercial Air Conditioning Shane Angle talked about commercial air conditioning megatrends and regulations.

Angle said, “The biggest dynamics affecting the industry are the low GWP refrigerants and the Department of Energy rooftop efficiency standards, phase one of which will begin on January 1, 2018.”

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