ICARHMA Discusses Future of Refrigerants at Annual Meeting
Aug 31, 2010
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A chief topic of discussion at the Annual Meeting of the International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers' Associations (ICARHMA) was the future of refrigerants: policy as well as potential successor to the refrigerant that is most extensively used worldwide today: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

ICARHMA held its annual meeting August 8-11, 2010 in Portland, OR, U.S. The meeting was hosted by the U.S. member to the council, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which serves as the 2010 Secretariat. Attendees included representatives from Brazil (ABRAVA), Canada (HRAI), China (CRAA), Europe (EUROVENT), Japan (JRAIA), Korea (KRAIA), which, along with the United States, comprise the current membership of the Council.

The council agreed to develop a refrigerant policy statement and tasked AHRI to lead the effort. The council also tasked AHRI with drafting a proposal for a global research program to evaluate alternative refrigerants modeled after the Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP), which was led by AHRI predecessor ARI following the phase out of CFC refrigerants.

JRAIA briefed the council on the idea of developing a new energy performance metric, the annual performance factor (APF). The concept is currently being developed by ISO TC 86, SC 6, WG1 and is intended to apply to three ISO standards that cover testing and rating of ducted, non-ducted, and multi-split system. It was the consensus of the council that information on the development of this energy metric is of utmost interest to the members, has many policy implications, and that the Secretariat should provide members with more information on to allow discussions at policy levels as well in their respective national standards bodies.

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