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  • Highly efficient fridges and freezers generate huge energy savings in New Zealand

    In New Zealand, better performing, more efficient fridges and freezers allowed energy savings corresponding to NZD 59 million in 2011, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

    • Publication date : 2012/05/10
    • Subjects: Regulation
  • Joint Irish fridge and freezer recycling scheme

    Before the implementation, summer 2005, of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), Northern Ireland's and Ireland's Environment departments are working together on a scheme to collect, treat and recycle...

    • Publication date : 2004/05/25
  • A new safety standard for American refrigerators

    A new US standard allows household fridges and freezers to use up to 150 grams of hydrocarbon refrigerants instead of the current limit of 57 grams.

    • Publication date : 2017/05/12
    • Subjects: HFCs alternatives, Regulation
  • USA : new energy efficiency standards for commercial equipment

    The US Department of Energy issued draft energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment – such as self-contained commercial fridges, freezers, and deli cases – and for walk-in freezers and coolers.

    • Publication date : 2013/11/12
    • Subjects: Regulation
  • Newly introduced Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy in New-Zealand

    On July 1, 2013 the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (SGG) Levy entered into force in New Zealand and applies to a range of goods including freezers, fridges and air conditioners.

    • Publication date : 2013/08/20
  • Refrigeration appliances market in Hong Kong

    The already high penetration rate of fridge freezers at close 76% has limited the overall volume growth potential of refrigeration appliances in 2013.

    • Publication date : 2014/08/08
  • Briefs: Smart fridges helping to cool the planet?

    Over 3000 npower customers are taking part in first large-scale UK trial of smart grid enabled fridges. The trial will run throughout 2010 and is designed to assess the effectiveness of smart fridge technology capable of cutting power use from...

    • Publication date : 2010/05/27
  • Illegal trade in ODS

    Some recent facts show the difficulty to tackle the illegal disposal of CFC appliances and CFCs and HCFCs trading issues: - The German business magazine Capital divulged that CFC-containing refrigeration appliances were discovered in two car...

    • Publication date : 2008/08/12
  • Green light for VIP project

    The EU's sustainable development project aiming to reduce energy consumption has led to the recently concluded Vacuum Insulating Panels (VIP) project, initiated in 2001. According to the designers, these panels provide 5-7 times more insulating...

    • Publication date : 2005/07/19
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

    According to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive Annex II, "Equipment containing gases that are ozone depleting or have a global warming potential (GWP) above 15, such as those contained in foams and refrigeration...

    • Publication date : 2006/01/28
  • United States

    The US EPA has published a long-awaited proposed rule allowing the use of certain hydrocarbons in new household refrigerator and freezer equipment. Hydrocarbon refrigerants have now been used for over 10 years in countries such as Germany, the UK,...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/04
  • Out of the ordinary: Backpack fridge

    "Boxcooler" a backpack fridge with picnic dishes solves the problem of keeping picnic food cool and applies state-of-the-art technology. On one side it can conveniently be carried on the back. On the other side, the cover hinge can be used as a...

    • Publication date : 2009/08/13
  • Frozen foods take off in China

    Total sales of frozen foods in China soared to USD 14 billion in 2008, up 140% over 2002. Tonnage reached about 4.615 million, or 3.47 kilograms per capita, up 70% according to Research & Markets. Frozen potato products were the fastest...

    • Publication date : 2009/08/13
  • US: EPA raises hydrocarbon charge limit for home fridges

    New US rules allowing greater charge sizes of hydrocarbon refrigerants in new domestic refrigerators and freezers entered into force on September 7, 2018.

    • Publication date : 2018/09/20
    • Subjects: Regulation
  • Market assessment and financial schemes for sustainable cooling in Ghana and Senegal

    In partnership with the UNEP’s “United for Efficiency”, Ghana and Senegal have implemented financing schemes to replace obsolete ACs and refrigerators, as part of the ECOWAS Refrigerators and Air Conditioners...

    • Publication date : 2021/05/17
    • Subjects: Figures, economy, Developing country
  • FRISBEE project: data collection

    The IIR is involved in the European Union-funded FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumer Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimization along the cold chain in Europe) project. Currently, one of the most important tasks...

    • Publication date : 2011/05/20
  • Ice cream manufacturing, environmental impact and market data

    From a physico-chemical point of view, ice cream is a complex, frozen multiphase mixture. The manufacturing process includes several stages of freezing which are described in this...

    • Last update : 2023/06/30
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Ice creams
  • Cryogenic nitrogen in the food and beverage industry

    The adoption of cryogenic processes in the food and beverage industry is predominantly driven by liquid nitrogen (LIN), and it is the preferred candidate for food chilling and...

    • Last update : 2023/06/09
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Freezing of foodstuffs
  • Hydrocarbon refrigerants

    Hydrocarbons such as R290 (propane), R600a (isobutane) or R1270 (propene/propylene) are low GWP non-toxic natural refrigerants with excellent thermodynamic properties. They offer an...

    • Last update : 2022/06/22
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Hydrocarbons, Containment, refrigerant charge reduction
  • Environmental impact of the ice cream industry

    This summary document describes the environmental impact of ice cream manufacturing, which is mainly due to the energy consumption and refrigerants used.

    • Last update : 2022/11/17
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : General information on environment (climate change, ozone depletion…)
  • Additive manufacturing of regenerators for caloric cooling

    In many areas of engineering, additive manufacturing allows the production of complex and multifunctional products that could not be manufactured using traditional methods. In the...

    • Last update : 2022/09/16
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Caloric cooling (magnetocaloric, electrocaloric, elastocaloric and barocaloric cooling)