February 15, 2024
While the human health hazards of ammonia leaks are fairly well known, the environmental impact of ammonia is also concerning. For instance, when ammonia dissolves in water, it forms ammonium hydroxide, which endangers aquatic life even in low concentrations. The Environmental Defense Fund states that an ammonia spill can be more detrimental to fish than […]
The EPA’s proposal for Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule 26 favors propane despite its safety and environmental risks.
November 29, 2023
A recent EPA notice of proposed rulemaking seeks to expand its uses in refrigeration and air conditioning systems while also exempting these systems from Clean Air Act venting restrictions. This rule would allow for propane venting during system installation, maintenance, repair, and disposal, which raises significant concerns about the lack of consideration for propane’s environmental […]
Proper disposal of a commercial A/C system reduced carbon footprint by providing reclaimed refrigerants.
November 15, 2023
Proper disposal of a commercial A/C system at the end of life is necessary. When old units are not disposed of responsibly, refrigerant may be released into the atmosphere. Proper disposal of air conditioning units and refrigerants reduces carbon footprint, promotes sustainability, and enables circularity by providing much-needed reclaimed refrigerant. To recycle an old unit, […]
November 1, 2023
Stay informed with Forum Five, your source for HVACR news. In this issue, we recap the ongoing industry concerns surrounding the proposed phase-down schedule for F-gases and its far-reaching implications across sectors and around the world. FETA Chair warns EU F-Gas phase-down risks industry efficiency progress. The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has given […]
October 17, 2023
I recently joined leading grocery retailers and HVACR professionals in Baltimore at the FMI, The Food Industry Association’s Energy & Store Development Conference (E&SD). As always, E&SD is a welcomed opportunity to learn from industry experts about emerging trends and discuss hot-button issues. Over the course of presentations, panels, and one-on-one conversations, several recurring themes emerged […]
October 5, 2023
The recent UNEP Report makes clear: the impacts of manmade TFA is minimal. TFA can be derived from man-made sources; however, UNEP research on the effects of HFC and HFO refrigerants confirms that its impact on both humans and the environment is minimal. The report reinforces other findings and adds to a deepening body of […]