Energy saving opportunities abound for Australia’s HVACR industry (heating, ventilating, air-conditioning/heating & refrigeration) which would lead to immense cost savings of up to $10 billion annually if these future-proofing opportunities are seized across the different sectors.
We now know natural based refrigerant technology is superior to synthetic because it is much more energy efficient and has a low global warming impact.
A HVACR company could potentially save between 50% and 70% on HVACR costs by switching to natural based refrigerants.
Is Industry Transitioning to Natural Based Refrigerant Technology?
The majority of HVACR system & technology suppliers aren’t all too familiar with natural refrigerant based technology as Australia still uses mostly synthetic refrigerants. Most of today’s suppliers began and built-up their businesses when synthetic refrigerants were thought to be the best solution available and as a result many have not had much experience with natural based refrigerants.
Some Australian businesses within HVACR however are making the switch to more natural refrigerant technology because they believe it is the future of the industry, but the transition has been slow to pick up speed as yet for a number of reasons:
- Since the 1940s, 3 generations of different synthetic refrigerants (HCFCs, HFCs and CFCs) have been developed and in use since.
- CFCs are no longer being used due to their extremely environmentally damaging properties.
- As of this year HCFCs are being phased out because they contribute to ozone damage.
- HFCs however, are still in use, despite adding tremendously to global warming.
In good news, the HFCs: R401A and R134A may not be around for much longer as the European Union is legislating they be phased-out because of their contribution to global warming.
It is unclear when a decision will be made, but some experts predict an agreement may eventuate towards the end of this year or early next, as pressure mounts from governments worldwide, including the Indian, Japanese, American and European governments.
How Do You Reduce HVACR Energy Costs?
It all starts with, for example, choosing the ventilation system which is best suited to your needs. Natural refrigerant based technology is available throughout all HVAC sectors so no matter what your business deals in, there is technology which can reduce energy consumption and costs.
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