Refrigeration sector monitoring
Positive impact of recent MEPS on the air conditioner market in China
In June 2023, CLASP published a report highlighting how a recent, more stringent MEPS precipitated the rise of more efficient air conditioners in just two years.
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Cold temperatures, a potential ally against cancer
Exposure to cold temperatures can reduce tumour growth by slowing down the glucose metabolism of cancer cells.
Accelerated deployment of LNG import facilities in Europe
To cope with the drop in natural gas imports from Russia, some 25 new floating storage and regasification units should be installed in the European Union, with the first...
Artemis I mission: cryogenic system failure delays launch
Due to a liquid hydrogen leak in the rocket's core stage, NASA is postponing the launch of the Artemis I mission until late September or October 2022.
Current status and future trends of natural refrigerants in North and South America
Two papers presented at the IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference perfectly illustrate the interest in natural refrigerants and the obstacles they face in the Americas.
Cold chain research centre in Rwanda receives UK funding
The Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold chain (ACES) has received funding to support its cold chain research activities in Africa until 2025.
Testing a prototype outdoor air conditioner using liquid nitrogen
In September 2022, a start-up is testing a prototype outdoor air conditioning system using liquid nitrogen in a few restaurants.
In-transit cold treatment facilitates imports of South African fruits in India
A recent agreement between India and South Africa for in-transit cold treatment should benefit South African exporters of apples and pears.
Illicit HFC trade : a criminal network dismantled in Spain
110 tonnes of refrigerants worth €11 million were seized in Spain, illegally imported from China in violation of the EU F-gas regulation.
ECOFRIDGES in Ghana: positive feedback from beneficiaries
A recent video updates on the ECOFRIDGES GO programme in Ghana, implemented by the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE), UNEP’s United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative and the...
India is in urgent need of affordable, energy-efficient air-conditioning
With energy demand for cooling in India expected to increase eightfold by 2038, a recent study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) discusses the country's...
Reducing food waste: can we keep open canned sardines in the refrigerator?
Researchers from the University of Porto studied the shelf life at 4°C of open canned sardines, depending on the type of seasoning (sardines in brine, vegetable oil, tomato...
Global LNG continues to grow despite the crisis
The current geopolitical situation has favoured the development of new liquefaction projects as well as the growth of existing LNG export markets, according to the IGU World LNG...
Importing citrus fruits into the EU: cold treatment is now mandatory
As of 24 June 2022, precooling at origin and a cold treatment in transit are mandatory for citrus fruits imported from non-EU countries.
The benefits of thermal energy storage for cold chain applications
Several presentations at the IIR ICCC 2022 conference focused on the potential applications of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Phase-Change Materials (PCMs) and highlighted the...
The life cycle of fluorocarbons: case studies
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition has published a guide for policymakers in which good practices regarding the life cycle of fluorocarbons are discussed. Concrete examples of refrigerant recycling in...
The sharp increase in refrigeration needs should be better reflected in public policies
Recently released degree-day indicators confirm the steady progression of cooling needs compared to heating in the EU. Globally, energy consumption from refrigeration (including air...
How to improve the energy efficiency of cold stores in India
A report commissioned by the World Bank Group presents energy efficiency measures for the design of post-harvest and cold storage warehouses in India.
LNG ships are gaining traction!
According to figures collected by DNV, more than 50 orders for LNG-fuelled ships were placed at the world level in April 2022, followed by 30 orders in May. The second quarter of 2022 is therefore already the strongest ever, according to the...
You are invited to the virtual exhibition on the sustainable cold chain
Cold chain technologies providers, users, and policymakers are invited to visit or apply to the ongoing Sustainable cold chain virtual exhibition organised online by UNEP and...
Cold stores: how to achieve net zero emissions?
The UK Cold Chain Federation recently released a report presenting technologies to help temperature-controlled warehouses achieve net zero emissions.
Humidity greatly impacts emissions from air conditioning
The environmental impact of controlling humidity in air conditioning may be larger than the impact of reducing temperatures, according to research from the National Renewable Energy...
Sustainable Africa scenario 2030: refrigeration drives households electricity demand
According to the IEA’s sustainable Africa scenario, refrigeration appliances, including air conditioners, will drive most of the increase in household electricity demand by 2030. The...
Latest IGU report: alarming gas-to-coal switching requires low-carbon solutions
The International Gas Union (IGU) assesses the global natural gas trade in 2020-21 in a report released in May 2022. The report also discusses the need for long-term alternatives to natural gas to reduce...
Carbon capture on board LNG-fuelled ships
A project involving science and industry partners has received EU funding to accelerate the uptake of ship-based carbon capture on LNG-fuelled ships.
Ice cream global trade data
Various market analysts predict an upward trend in the global ice cream market, particularly in Asia-Pacific and several emerging economies. Europe led global exports of ice cream in...