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Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium Explores Path to Sustainable Commercial Refrigeration


BALTIMORE — On September 30, Danfoss hosted its 25th EnVisioneering Symposium, "Refrigerants2Sustainability: Risks, Options, & Opportunities in Commercial Refrigeration," which addressed how an increasing industry-wide focus on refrigerants and energy is driving changes in the design, deployment, and maintenance of refrigeration equipment and supermarkets and in the potential for industry-utility partnerships.

"Regulations — both energy and refrigerant — are driving a shift in the commercial refrigeration market," said Lisa Tryson, director, corporate communications and public relations, Danfoss, setting the stage for the symposium. "The industry is facing an unprecedented number of regulations, which will change the landscape of approved technologies and impact supermarkets and commercial refrigeration equipment."

Pamela Gupta, manager, greenhouse gas reduction strategy section, California Air Resources Board (CARB), provided keynote remarks for the symposium with an introduction to the regulations and policies pushing industry in California to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

According to Gupta, of all the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions released in the state, 86 percent can be attributed to refrigerants. Similarly, 36 percent of HFC emissions result from commercial refrigeration systems using more than 50 pounds of refrigerant. To help reduce the impact state-wide, California has established reduction targets for short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including a 40 percent reduction of fluorinated gas (F-gas) emissions by 2030 based on current (2013) levels. SLCPs also include methane and black carbon.

"If we can achieve significant levels of SLCP emission reductions globally," Gupta explained, "we can actually reduce or control global temperature rise by almost ½-degree Celsius by mid-century."

For additional information, visit www.danfoss.us/industry-outreach-and-engagement.