Keeping cool in a warming world just became a little easier with the relaunched, updated Cool Technologies sustainable cooling database.
As temperatures rise, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems are vital to help keep people cool and products chilled or frozen – but ironically, the refrigerant gases and the energy used in current cooling equipment are significant contributors to the global crises of climate change and ozone layer depletion.
To help combat these, we and partner Greenpeace have relaunched Cool Technologies [www.cooltechnologies.org], a database showcasing clean technologies to use in place of the climate-damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) systems used at present.
Cool Technologies features commercially available equipment using natural refrigerants (hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, ammonia, water and air) as well as those which don’t use a refrigerant chemical.
It also features case studies of companies already deploying these technologies and enjoying the benefits of the greater energy efficiency that many of these systems boast.
“Sustainable cooling is about avoiding obsolete, inefficient technologies which are harmful to the environment. By understanding what Cool Technologies are available and working well for others, manufacturers and businesses can make the best choice for the future,” said Fionnuala Walravens, Senior Climate Campaigner.
The website, targeted primarily at businesses in the developing world, will also help raise awareness of and build confidence in HFC-free alternatives for clean cooling worldwide.
It is being relaunched to coincide with the 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome, Italy
“Going HFC-free is an opportunity for businesses across the globe to future-proof their investments, clean up the cooling sector and save on energy bills,” added Walravens.