The CIMCO Commitment to Sustainability
With mounting worldwide concerns over global warming and the effect it will have on our way of life, we at CIMCO pledge to make a difference and challenge the traditional ways the refrigeration industry has operated to date.
Education and awareness are the keys to moving forward, and we are here to offer you guidance on the options and tools that can help us fight climate change together. Our goal is to aid our customers on their pathway to net zero in the most efficient way possible.
The best way to address our environmental crisis is together, armed with the right information and resolute in our decision to move into a cleaner and greener future.
What is it?
Global warming potential (GWP) is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a refrigerant. GWP is a measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere relative to carbon dioxide. The larger the GWP, the more that particular gas warms the Earth compared to CO2 over a specific period - usually 100 years. By definition, CO2 has a GWP of 1 and ammonia has a GWP of 0. The ideal refrigerant has a GWP of less than 150.
The Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty from 1987 that aims to eliminate ozone-depleting substances that are also potent greenhouse gases. It has undergone nine revisions, phasing out first CFCs (commonly known as Freon, these greatly damaged the ozone layer) by 2010. This was followed by phasing out HCFCs (which replaced CFCs and pose a smaller risk to the ozone layer but are very potent greenhouse gases), with a 100% reduction set for 2020 by developed countries.
The Kigali Amendment
In 2016, countries around the world agreed to a legally binding commitment to phase down production and use of HFCs. While HFCs pose no harm to the ozone layer because they do not contain chlorine, they are greenhouse gases with an extremely high GWP. 92 countries plus the European Union have accepted, ratified or approved the Kigali Amendment.
United States Climate Alliance
With 25 member states as of March 2020, the US Climate Alliance was founded in 2017 when Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. It upholds the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with each state committing to reduce GHG emissions 26–28% from 2005 levels by 2025 and accelerate policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.
Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy
In March 2017, California adopted a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy (Senate Bill 1383). This bill requires a 40% reduction of HFC emissions below 2013 levels by 2030. This includes a 750-GWP cap on refrigerants (two pounds or more) in stationary ACs, and a 150-GWP cap on refrigerants (50 pounds or more) in new stationary refrigeration equipment beginning in 2022. Other states followed California’s lead in 2018, with Connecticut, Maryland and New York announcing plans to develop regulations that will phase out the use of HFCs.
California Cooling Act
In September 2018, California legislature approved law Senate Bill 1013, also known as the California Cooling Act. This bill reinstated HFC reduction targets requiring businesses to transition to alternative refrigerants after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abandoned these targets. It directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish the incentive program to increase the adoption of low-GWP refrigerant technologies in the supermarket and industrial sectors. The California Cooling Act is the first statewide law to authorize financial incentives for low-GWP refrigeration systems that include natural refrigerants. In 2018, the California Cooling Act adopted Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rules 20 and 21, Additionally, SB 1013 directs CARB to establish the Fluorinated Gases Emission Reduction Incentive Program to increase adoption of low-GWP refrigerant technologies in the supermarket and industrial sector.
R22, or HCFC-22, was a commonly used refrigerant with a GWP of 1810 that was causing significant environmental damage. As its direct damage to the ozone layer became more concerning, a global movement had begun to phase-out R22. By 2020, newly manufactured or imported R22 will no longer be available, even for existing systems. This means most systems using R22 are looking to replace the refrigerant – a costly procedure.
What is it?
The byproduct of refrigeration in commercial, industrial, and recreational ice applications is heat. This heat can be recycled and used for other applications, decreasing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 100% heat recovery is a crucial part of a sustainable system.
As we understand the large impact the refrigeration industry is capable of having on the environment, we have ensured that our sustainability objectives align with those outlined by the United Nations in the UN Sustainable Goals.
Once again, we at CIMCO Refrigeration:
- Challenge the traditional ways the refrigeration industry operates by focusing on innovations and technology that can change our future;
- Offer informed leadership and guidance on the tools and choices that can help fight climate change; and,
- Aid our customers on their pathway to net zero in the most efficient way possible
We are continually adding resources for customers that cover all aspects of refrigeration and sustainability, but if you would like additional information on a specific topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we will make a difference.
Sustainability Case Studies
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