A few days spent in Kigali, Rwanda by government officials from around the world in October made it to the front page of media outlets. And, why?
They agreed to phase-down HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) in their countries at various stages to get rid of these greenhouse gases.
It was not a perfect agreement, in that some commentators wanted more phase-down faster. But, developing countries said they needed more time to wean themselves of HFCs. But, the fact is that it was an important moment for the planet and humans.
The Kigali agreement means businesses and organisations will have to adopt new refrigerants with low global warming potentials (GWP). And, they will probably have to invest in new systems when their old units break down. That is good for our industry.
Say hello to the latest member of the ACR Journal, namely our virtual friend, Captain Cooling!
You are going to see him in the journal, on our website and e-newsletters helping to point out events, competitions and opportunities for readers.
What's his back-story
Captain Cooling is a man of mystery right now. We need your help in working out who his arch-enemy might be and his weakness.
We know he hates inefficiency and poor standards. He loves helping tough, hard-working air conditioning and refrigeration engineers and professionals. Let the ACR Journal team know your ideas about his nemesis and we will design more characters for Captain Cooling to form alliances with, and to battle against.
If you have not noticed the 'Brexit' result from the EU Referendum last week, where the hell have you been?
The outcome has raised more questions than it has answered, such as 'Now that you have won, what's your plan?'. For the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, questions about the rules and regulations we have to follow are bound to be raised.
Who expected a Brexit vote? Clearly, not many expected the UK to vote to leave the European Union. But, here it is.
Let’s face it, the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump industry is male dominated. And, trying to encourage more women into the industry can seem like a struggle at times.
That’s why we started the Women in ACR series, to show that there are more women in our sector than people may think. The articles also show how diverse those women’s roles are in the ACR business.
Now, working with the Institute of Refrigeration, there is a new networking group for women to enable easier networking, sharing of ideas, learning and mentoring. It’s called ‘Women in RACHP’.
Join the LinkedIn Group here.
Of course, that’s a stupid question. Leak detection is important and it matters. Most air conditioning or refrigeration systems will leak at some point in their lifetime. Some systems leak all the time.
Detecting where the leak is in the system can be a challenge. There are plenty of signs to show that a system is leaking (e.g. pressure drops, decreasing efficiency or, perhaps, the smell). To find the leak there are simple methods (e.g. soapy water), handy methods (e.g. handheld detectors), chemical systems and highly sophisticated methods (e.g. infrared). All are valid and have their pros and cons.
In addition, the EN378 legislation (Refrigerant Leak Prevention and Minimisation) is still evolving but it is close to completion. Unsurprisingly, EN378 has become a top topic on the ACR Journal website (see article here).
And, the debates continue on which is the best solution or approach to preventing and curing refrigerant leaks.
Which refrigerant leak detection and prevention methods do you use?
By Will Hawkins - Editor
Ask anyone in our industry about the lack of young people coming into the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump industry and they will agree that it is a problem.
Not enough young people coming in to work as engineers and technicians means that businesses find it difficult to expand and fulfil customer orders.
The belief is that our industry is made up of older men. If our website figures are anything to go by, the biggest group of readers is aged between 45 and 54 (26%, in fact). You might have expected that figure.
But, still, there is the worry about the lack of interest from young people in becoming refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump engineers.
Or, is there a lack of interest?
Over 30% of our readers online are between 18 and 34. That number might surprise you.
It suggests that we have got a lot interest from young people in our industry. We just don’t know how to engage with them properly.
There is a good initiative coming along this month to encourage young people into apprenticeships through the Trailblazer programme (more news soon on that topic). This is a positive step and will, hopefully, provide a clear pathway for young engineers looking for a career in our industry.
How do you attract young engineers into your business?
January is the season for a change for many people. Getting a new job or hiring new employees in January is normal in January. It’s no different for the ACR Journal. Our top two news stories online are about people who have changed jobs.
It is also show season. The AHR Expo in the USA has happened, and The ACR Show in Birmingham is a matter of days away. Later this year, Chillventa is here again. All of this means we should see some interesting new solutions for the heating, ventilation, AC and refrigeration market.
However, the third most popular article online in January is about an old favourite – F-Gas. This topic continues to drive much of the new business in the market.