Tokyo, 22 August 2018 – As an organisation, shecco has been actively following developments with natural refrigerants in Southeast Asia for many years. But only recently have we begun to see a particular uptick in this activity.
Despite the region facing its own unique challenges, including a need for more government support, trained technicians, and high costs, we are seeing at first hand the momentum that is building on the ground — and with a population of more than 650 million people, what is happening in this region today has big implications for the global market for natural refrigerant technology in the future.
That is why today is a crucial period for all industry stakeholders to come together and align themselves to take advantage of the coming opportunities.
This first issue of Accelerate Asia highlights the best examples of end users making the business case for natural refrigerants in Southeast Asia and around the world today, and identifies the biggest barriers holding back progress.
Demand for and production of HVAC&R technology is growing fast throughout the region. The transition away from HFCs brings with it exciting opportunities for natural refrigerants. This issue’s special feature looks at the views of technology manufacturers and suppliers on this evolving market.
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods, one of the world’s largest food processing companies, is among the local end users adopting natural refrigerants in Southeast Asia, installing some of the country’s first CO2 heat pumps. Singapore-based MClean Technologies, meanwhile, is trialling one of the city-state’s first CO2 heat pumps. Both stories rank among this issue’s highlights.
Internationally, a number of leading consumer brands serve as impressive examples of what natural refrigerants can achieve. The magazine looks at Heineken’s commitment to hydrocarbons for all its new fridges and draught beer equipment, and shows how a succession of inspirational leaders at Nestlé have helped bring natural refrigerants to new parts of the world.
METRO AG and Migros are among the other international end users featured in this issue.
Policy and standards can play a major role in helping to bring natural refrigerant technologies to market around the world, but can often also pose unnecessary barriers in a fast-changing HVAC&R sector. Another of this issue’s special features looks at the policy inspiration that Southeast Asian countries can draw from various other jurisdictions around the world, whose HFC phasedown journeys have already begun.
International cooperation between Germany’s GIZ, the Indonesian government and local manufacturers, meanwhile, is helping Indonesia to adopt propane chillers.
To read all these stories and more, click here to read the first edition of Accelerate Asia.
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