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06/2018 New IEA report on the future of cooling new International Energy Agency (IEA) report – The Future of Cooling – maintains that the growing use of air conditioners in homes and offices around the world will be one of the top drivers of global electricity demand over the next three decades.

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06/2018 EPEE continues to participate in global effort to promote sustainable heating and cooling solutions in daily lives

EPEE, the voice of the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry in Europe had the chance to participate earlier this month in the “Sustainable Energy For All” (SE4ALL) Forum in Lisbon, speaking at a dedicated “Cooling for all” panel discussion.

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04/2018 California adopts SNAP rules to ban certain HFCs in certain applications

Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’ decided that the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act to target HFCs. Under the EPA rules, high GWP refrigerants including R404A, R134a, R407C and R410A were to be removed from the EPA’s SNAP list for use in certain new products.

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04/2018 FETA cautions against retrofits with R-32

FETA has recently been advised that there have been some instances of R410A (classified as A1; non-flammable) being completely removed from an air conditioning system, and the system simply being recharged with R32 (classified as A2L; low flammability)

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02/2018 Source: - The Swedish heat pump industry is seeking an exemption from the European F-gas phase down

In a letter to the Swedish Environmental Agency, the Swedish heat pump association, Svenska Kyl & Varmepumpföreningen (SKVP), claims that the heat pump industry is in a “vulnerable” situation due to the ongoing phasing-out of the use of synthetic refrigerants.

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02/2018 German RAC industry published joint position paper on the HFC phase-down

9 associations – 2 of which are Brussels based (EHPA and EPEE) – have published a joint position paper calling on the German government to exempt exported precharged equipment from the quota mechanism.

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