The recent passing of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act is accelerating the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and renewing the search for viable refrigerant alternatives, including those classified as A2L (mildly flammable) and A3 (highly flammable). But while A2Ls are among the leading alternatives capable of achieving regulatory requirements, the safety standards governing their use in the U.S. have yet to be finalized. Our next E360 Webinar — which will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT — will feature a panel discussion about how A2Ls have been successfully deployed in regions where they have already been approved.
Around the globe, the phasedown of HFC refrigerants is prompting a transition toward alternatives with lower global warming potential (GWP). While A2Ls and A3 have been approved for use in Europe and are now widely adopted in commercial refrigeration applications there, the development of safety standards is ongoing within the U.S.
Currently, several industry working groups are evaluating A2Ls and A3s in equipment and field applications, including UL 60335-2-89 (the equipment standard based on IEC 60335-2-89) and ASHRAE-15 (the application standard updated for commercial refrigeration based on ISO 5149) — both of which are approaching the final phases of approval.
Our upcoming E360 Webinar will explore one European retailer’s sustainability journey from HFCs to low-GWP A2L refrigerants. As part two of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) webinar series, How to Not Only Survive, but “Win” the Refrigeration Industry HFC Phasedown, this webinar will provide an opportunity for the U.S. to learn from their experience and prepare for a future with A2L refrigerants.
The webinar will include the following experts and practitioners:
- Helen Walter-Terrinoni of AHRI
- Lauren MacGowens of AHRI
- Tim Anderson of Hussmann Corporation
- Stephen Spletzer of The Chemours Company
- Brian Churchyard of ASDA (a European retailer)
Attendees will learn about the key points of the European retailer’s journey:
- Defining sustainability goals and objectives — and meeting them
- Transitioning from A1s (HFCs) to A2Ls
- Applying A2L systems in a safe and effective way
- Understanding the impacts on store and equipment design, training and maintenance
- Imparting lessons learned along the way
To learn more about the status of U.S. safety standards and how to use A2L refrigerants safely and effectively in retail applications, register for this informative webinar.
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