Italian OEM Euroklimat provided the six R290 chillers, which are used for air-conditioning and cold storage.
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis modeled emissions of different refrigerants in split ACs.
Countries need to reduce HFCs production and consumption faster and at greater rates to allow for an emissions scenario compatible with the Paris Agreement.
Shifting towards natural refrigerants, especially R290, in the country’s room air conditioning sector, is key to reducing emissions, the report says.
Changes to global standard IEC 60335-2-40 would allow increasing the amount of R290 under specified circumstances; votes due by October 30.
Gene Blackey also cited role of refrigerant management at ATMOsphere Australia conference.
Italian contributions to the natural refrigerant industry include Epta’s FTE CO2 system and a strong expertise in R290 plug-in units.
In new report issued to Montreal Protocol, the NGO calls for national approval of IEC’s new 500-g charge limit and an increase of limit for ACs, while criticizing oversight of CFC-11.
Emerging economies Chile and Cameroon show interest in leapfrogging HFCs by adopting natural refrigerants to replace HCFCs.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is encouraging industry to adopt hydrocarbon-based technology due to its energy efficiency, locally sourced resources and manufacturing, and GHG emission reduction contribution.