- - automotive Engineering online
- - The Belize National Ozone Unit conducted
a HPMP Policy Dialogue workshop in Belize City. The policy workshop
was one of the activities implemented as part of the HPMP preparation.
- - 35 new climate friendly Coca-Cola vending
machines for the US Capitol buildings have been unveiled. Featuring
natural refrigerant CO2 that reduces direct greenhouse gas emissions
by 99 %, the machines support the 'Green the Capitol' programme,
adding to the green options available to the members and staff
of the US House of Representatives. Read
- Policies to enable
developing countries to freeze, reduce and eventually eliminate
their consumption of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a group
of chemicals that not only damage the ozone layer but also significantly
contribute to climate change, were agreed this week in Montreal.
In developing the HCFC project guidelines that set out the eligibility
and criteria for funding to enable countries to comply with the
Montreal Protocol's HCFC phase-out timetable, all members of the
Multilateral Fund's Executive Committee demonstrated their continuing
determination and commitment to finding solutions. Despite the
complexity and technical nature of the protracted negotiations
that took place over a number of its meetings, the Executive Committee
once more proved that governments can come together and work out
concrete means to address global environmental issues.
- Joint ECA-Asia Pacific Network Meeting - PepsiCola is a
member of the Natural Refrigerants partnership which is being
promoted by UNEP OzonAction. It designed energy efficient bottle
coolers through the use of latest technology and energy saving
devices, system optimisation, elimination of HFC as foam blowing
agent and testing of alternative refrigerants CO2 and HC. In Turkey,
PepsiCola built up the necessary infrastructure and the capacity
of local suppliers and all new bottle coolers operate on hydrocarbon
and are 51% more energy efficient than traditional coolers. PepsiCola
intends to introduce HC bottle coolers in other countries including
Europe, China and India while pursuing a dual approach considering
CO2 coolers in other regions.
- - .Real Paper Displays Inc. has announced
a new patent application made by its subsidiary company
Corporation to protect its innovative technology that allows
the usage of water in air conditioners as refrigerant, instead
of environmentally dangerous chemicals that are currently in use.
- - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has released the 15th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory
report, which shows a drop in overall emissions of 2.9 per cent
from 2007 to 2008. The downward trend is attributed to a decrease
in carbon dioxide emissions associated with fuel and electricity
consumption. Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases
in 2008 were equivalent to 6,957 million metric tons of carbon
dioxide. (U.S. EPA, 20 April 2010).
- - At the upcoming
SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, John Rugh of National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present a paper proposing a vehicle-level
test procedure to measure fuel used by mobile air conditioning
units. (Favstocks, 30 March 2010).
- - Ms Christina Spaulding,
Senior Account Manager of DuPont ISCEON Refrigerants, provided
an important market update on the status of refrigerants including
a regulatory update on the phase out of HCFC-22. She covered climate
change legislation and the probable impact on HFCs and the next
generation of refrigerants. (Blue Sky Energy, 25 March 2010).
- - Environmentalists from across the Caribbean
to take part in the Caribbean Ozone Officers Network meeting which
took place from 2 - 5 March 2010. The key topic was the implications
and requirements of recent decisions of the Montreal Protocol.
(The Guardian, 4 March 2010)
- - A partnership
agreement signed on 16th Nov 2007 between the Swedish Environmental
Protection Agency and UNEP officially launched activities to provide
assistance to developing countries to help them end their reliance
on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) (Paris/Stockholm,
19 Nov 2007).