It is really not a matter of going green. It has little to do with doing the right thing. It is pretty much about a bottom-line business decision.
That was the context of the second Atmosphere America Natural Refrigerants Conference that took place this summer in Washington, D.C. The approach was a very unsentimental business case for wider use in North America, especially the U.S., of such refrigerants as ammonia (R-717), CO2 (R-744), and the HC propane (R-290).
“There is a sense of momentum when it comes to naturals,” said Marc Chasserot, managing director,Shecco, who moderated the two-day event. “There is something happening here.” And while much of the conference featured case histories of ongoing refrigeration projects involving natural refrigerants, Chasserot acknowledged that a major impact will only come when many more end users and service contractors see that there is a cost-effectiveness and energy-efficiency distinctive compared with f-gas refrigerants most commonly in use.