China: increase of low energy, low carbon refrigerator technology by 30% in 6 years

By Sabine Lobnig, Oct 28, 2010, 14:39 1 minute reading

China's refrigerator production increases steadily, accounting already for one third of global production. Advancements have been achieved over the last years mainly in enhancing energy efficiency and substituting high GWP refrigerants with R600a.

According to the China Household Electrical Appliances Association, China accounts currently for one third of the global refrigerator production. The Chinese refrigerator manufacturers are now intensifying efforts in low carbon, environmentally friendly production and carbon emissions reductions throughout their value chain, from the sourcing of resources to the shipping out of goods.

The US and Japan are market leaders in low carbon technologies, but in the period 1999-2005 Chinese manufacturers have increased the energy efficiency of their refrigerators by over 28% and are approaching global top technology levels.

In the first half of 2010, Chinese refrigerator production has increased by 28% as compared to 2009 to reach 29 million units. Exports have increased by 26% to reach 9.3 million units.

The majority of Chinese refrigerator manufacturers has introduced low carbon production technologies. Furthermore, ozone depleting and high GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants have largely been replaced with environmentally friendly hydrocarbon refrigerant R600a.

In 2009, the China Household Electrical Appliances Association had stated that over 90% of domestic refrigerators in China meanwhile run on hydrocarbons and that the price of R600a is steadily declining. 


By Sabine Lobnig

Oct 28, 2010, 14:39

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