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Seattle-native-turned-climate-scientist: Numbers don’t lie about human impact on Earth


Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change Kigali deal on HFCs - Cooltech Applications 	  The agreement, announced on Saturday morning after all-night negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, caps and reduces the use of HFCs – a key contributor to greenhouse gases – in a gradual process beginning in 2019.     Globally, countries agreed to reduce the use of HFCs by 85% by 2047. A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said. Finding sustainable alternatives to HFCs is becoming even more crucial now.     Read the full article here.

Seattle this week is hosting the annual convention of the American Meteorological Society. Seattle native Paul Newman is in town for the convention, and says the data absolutely don’t lie about climate change, but skepticism persists, to Earth’s peril.

At one of the conference sessions, researchers talked about communicating more effectively with the public about climate change. One speaker suggested a list of points to hit: Climate change is happening, global warming is real, global warming is caused by human activities, it’s bad for us, but there is hope if we take appropriate actions.

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Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change


Kigali deal on HFCs - Cooltech Applications

The agreement, announced on Saturday morning after all-night negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, caps and reduces the use of HFCs – a key contributor to greenhouse gases – in a gradual process beginning in 2019.

Globally, countries agreed to reduce the use of HFCs by 85% by 2047. A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said. Finding sustainable alternatives to HFCs is becoming even more crucial now.

Read the full article here.

Cooltech at THERMAG VII, held in Turin, Italy




Thermag VII 2016 - Cooltech Applications

The event was the 7th International Conference on Magnetic Refrigeration. It gathered scientists from worldwide universities and research institutions, as well as major companies such as Whirlpool, GE, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sanden, Chubu, BASF etc... Many of the nearly 200 attendees exhibited their ongoing works and studies related to magnetic refrigeration.

Cooltech Applications, with more than 15 engineers and PhD’s, remains very close to the scientific community and contributes to the increase in knowledge about the technology. The every other year event is a fantastic opportunity to share insights and discuss the latest developments on magnetic systems and on the coming generations of magneto-caloric materials, giving higher performance at cheaper costs.

Recurrent attendee to Thermag, Cooltech Applications gave a detailed presentation on its industrial and technical status and exhibited its standard magnetic cooling device that performs negative temperature (frozen heat exchangers).

John Kerry: HFCs are a critical piece of the climate puzzle


John Kerry - Le protocole de Montreal - Cooltech Applications

"In Paris, the world set the goal of limiting the Earth’s warming to well below two degrees Celsius. Amending the Montreal Protocol to phase-down HFC use could help us avoid a full half-degree. (...) By joining together to fulfill that commitment; by adopting an amendment to phase-down the use of HFCs; we can honor the legacy our predecessors; move closer to the goal set in Paris; and – most importantly – help protect the future health and livability of the only planet we have and to do so for generations to come" declared John Kerry on 22 July 2016 at UN talks on the Montreal Protocol in vienna.

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Towards new alternative to vapour-compression cooling

Magnetic Refrigeration's Article - Cooltech Applications

The website R744.com recently released an article focusing on the Magnetic Refrigeration technology: "a totally different kind of cooling technology [that] may ultimately prove to be even more efficient and friendly to the environment". The article touched upon the recent crucial steps for the technology: the launch of the CaloriCool project, Cooltech’s medical refrigerator presented at MEDICA last November, etc...

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Cooltech at ATMOsphere Europe 2016!


ATMOsphere Europe 2016 - Cooltech Applications

Cooltech Applications participated to ATMOsphere Europe 2016. The conference took place in Barcelona on the 19th and 20th April. The event attracted over 400 HVAC-R market actors who shared experiences on the latest best practices and explored future solutions for a greener cooling.

Cooltech presented a case study about MagFreeG "deploying magnetic cooling", its 1.7 M€ European project. It was a fantastic opportunity to give an overview of Cooltech’s achievements and to highlight the market potential of the Magnetic Refrigeration technology.

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Europe sits on huge HFC stockpile


Europe sits on huge HFC stockpile - Cooltech Applications

Shocking new figures reveal evidence of huge European stockpiling of HFC refrigerants in advance of the 2015 F-gas quotas.

The startling figures for 2014, just released by the European Environment Agency, show that imports of HFC refrigerants into Europe almost doubled to 122,781 tonnes (260.9Mt CO2‑equivalent) in 2014, the year before quotas under the European F-gas regulations were introduced.

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Nations agree to address HFC refrigerant phase-down



HFC refrigerant phase-down - Cooltech Applications

The countries who have been leading the push for an HFC phase-down are celebrating the agreement to address the reduction of the refrigerants through the mechanism of the Montreal Protocol.

The decision will give greater momentum to the discussions in the UN climate change talks in Paris on November 30 which are aimed at limiting global warming to 2 deg C.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry added: “The progress in Dubai also indicates that the world is ready for a new chapter in the fight against climate change. In agreeing to address HFCs together, we have laid the groundwork for even greater co-operation toward a successful outcome in Paris - and the entire planet will be better off for it.”

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HFCs do effect ozone depletion


 HFCs do effect ozone depletion - Cooltech Applications

Although HFCs are promoted as being zero ODP refrigerants, they do have a small but measurable effect on ozone depletion, according to a new study by NASA.

In the study, scientists also found that HFCs have a nearly linear impact on stratospheric temperature and ozone change. For example, reducing HFC emissions by 50% would decrease the ozone change by a comparable amount. Such a direct relationship will prove useful for evaluating the impacts of emerging HFCs, Hurwitz said. “We can provide policy makers with an estimate of the stratospheric impacts of new HFC gases.”

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The Volkswagen scandal may push the move towards Electric vehicles





The Volkswagen scandal - Cooltech Applications

Earlier this month, VW was found to have falsified pollution tests. Real emissions amounted to as much as 50 times higher than legal limits. This tremendous scandal can sound the death knell for the internal combustion engine. Car manufacturers will have to face rising costs from stricter regulatory scrutiny while emission standards would become more demanding.

This increasing cost of doing business would accelerate "a potential move to Electric vehicles" according to Morgan Stanley.

The shift to clean technologies (EVs) might be quicker than expected. It is an opportunity for the Magnetic Cooling technology, that is set to be integrated in air conditioning solutions for Electric vehicles (a gas-free solution allowing a greater battery range).

Read a Business Insider article about the subject here

Magnetic Refrigeration Market Worth $315.7 Million by 2022


Magnetic Refrigeration Market Worth $315.7 Million by 2022 - Cooltech Applications
The global magnetic refrigeration market is forecast to reach $315.7 million by 2022, according to a new market research report published by Markets & Markets.

Increasing concerns regarding the use of refrigerants that are ozone depleting and have a high global warming potential (GWP) in refrigeration and air conditioning systems are expected to provide growth opportunities for the magnetic refrigeration market.

The magnetic refrigeration technology can replace the conventional refrigeration systems that are used in refrigeration based compressor systems.

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Heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of European energy consumption, say researchers

Heating and cooling - Cooltech Applications Heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the final Energy consumption in Europe today, according to the EU-funded STRATEGO project.

The initiative, co-funded by the EU Intelligent Energy Europe Project, has released the Pan-European Thermal Atlas on renewable energy.

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Cooltech at the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation organized by the European Commission.


Cooltech at the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation - Cooltech Applications
This event gathered many actors concerned with eco-innovation in Europe and it was the occasion for Cooltech to discuss eco-innovation and energy labelling with various institutional and market actors. Isabel García Tejerina (Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment) and Karmenu Vella (European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) were present.

The subject of the Forum was: boosting competitiveness and innovation. The role of environmental labelling, management and information schemes. Cooltech participated to several case studies. Among them Casino Environment Index and Eco-innovation as a factor of business competitiveness with Unilever, Mercadona and Geronimo Martins.

India surprisingly submits plans to the UN on how HFC could be curbed


India surprisingly submits plans to the UN on how HFC could be curbed - Cooltech Applications Analysts hail historic shift in tone as Modi government accepts need to radically cut use of “super greenhouse gases”.

On Thursday the government submitted an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to allow it to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, which are far more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.

The proposal is intended to support overall global efforts aimed at climate system protection,” it reads.This unexpected shift is a promising news while anticipating the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

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Cooltech is now a member of the Green Cooling Network


Green Cooling Network - Cooltech Applications
With this Green Cooling Initiative membership, Cooltech Applications continues to promote Magnetic Cooling technology as a green and eco-saving solution in the world of refrigeration.

The Green Cooling Initiative promotes the use of natural refrigerants, the development of energy efficient technologies and fosters a sustainable approach to private and commercial energy consumption.

As a member Cooltech Applications supports the Green Cooling Initiative in its efforts to promote natural refrigerants and protect the environment, resources and the climate.

Read more about the Green Cooling Initiative here

Carrefour joins forces with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation to fight climate change


My positive impact - Cooltech Applications
Carrefour is joining forces with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation as part of its “My Positive Impact” campaign, supporting innovative solutions developed by SMEs, local authorities and associations for tackling climate change.

Carrefour is also working alongside a number of SMEs on developing the technologies of the future.

This action underlines the importance given by retailers to finding solutions to tackle gas emissions and energy consumption.

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Debate on the relation between regulation and innovation

Between regulation and innovation -  Cooltech Applications A half-day business briefing exploring the effect of market regulation on technology innovation is being held in London in April 2015. The event is organised by the International Refrigeration Committee of the Institute of Refrigeration.

The debate is about how regulations can encourage energy-efficiency and innovation instead of stifling it. In the HVACR sector, regulation can be a driver in the shift towards highly needed groundbreaking innovations.

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2014 in review: hard science and historic climate pledges



Hard science and historic climate pledges - Cooltech Applications
As 2015 begins, it is high time to recap what have been the environmental highlights of 2014:

  • Around half a million people marched in cities across the world in the largest climate protest in history on September 21st 2014
  • An historical pact between the US and China has been made. The 2 countries unveiled the secretly negotiated deal which aims at reducing greenhouse gas output. China agreed to cap emissions for the first time while the US has committed to deep reductions by 2025
  • The UN Climate Conference held in Lima in December 2014 led to an agreement setting the world on a path towards Paris where a global deal should be signed on December 2015
  • The EU Commission set a target to reduce the continent's carbon emissions : 40% by 2030
  • Unilever CEO Paul Polman said that tackling global warming was the only way to grow the economy

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