At a specialised meeting in Denmark, key players from the Danish HVAC&R industry discussed on 14 May 2009 strategies on how to develop their CO2 (R744) business further. shecco was invited to present its view on the global state of CO2, and challenges to raise broader awareness of Denmark’s success in converting a whole industry to an HFC-free zone.
The meeting, bringing together Danish manufacturers and suppliers, retail chains, trade associations, and environmental groups, was held in Hedensted on 14 May to explore the opportunities but also threats CO2Technology is facing in Denmark and beyond. The one-day event hosted by Danish manufacturer Nilan featured presentations from Danfoss, Rema 1000, Johnson Controls, Hydro, IPU, Advansor, and Greenpeace – each providing their perspective on how the R744 industry might develop and which technical, political, and economic barriers it could face.
shecco was invited to present its view on the global market for CO2. Based on results from the latest market research on the conditions for R744 commercial refrigeration around the world, Nina Burhenne, shecco’s Marketing Manager, presented key findings for selected EU countries and the United States.
A panel discussion summarising issues raised during the day highlighted that the Danish approach to drive the use of natural refrigerants through a combination of HFC bans and ever-increasing import taxes has been a complete success up until now, hence serving as a role model for other countries to follow. Competing HFOs, proposed as a next generation of chemicals to replace HFCs, were rejected by all participants as no option to consider in stationary cooling applications.
CO2 must be put on Copenhagen agenda
“To really raise awareness of what natural refrigerants can do, the Danish industry has to be more outspoken about the benefits of CO2. As a host of Post-Kyoto Protocol discussions in Copenhagen this December, Denmark must show other countries the way on how R744 can be successfully used in a wide range of applications. Natural refrigerants have to feature prominently on the political agenda,“ Nina Burhenne urged participants to take a more active stance in favour of R744.
shecco’s new projects: NaturalRefrigerants.com & Atmosphere 2009
shecco also presented two of its latest services putting natural refrigerants at the centre of attention.NaturalRefrigerants.com, a simple news aggregator collecting articles from shecco’s three specialised platformsR744.com, ammonia21.com, and hydrocarbons21.com, is currently running as a beta version. Atmosphere 2009, the first international conference on all three natural refrigerants to be held in Brussels, will be open for registration soon. The latter is meant as an exchange platform for the industry and policy makers to share their view on how to bring natural refrigerants “Faster to Market”.
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