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Flowrite acquired by Airedale Group Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:20:00 GMT
Maidstone-based Flowrite Refrigeration Holdings has been acquired by the Airedale Group, a leading catering equipment installation and servicing specialist. Airedale Group CEO Rob Bywell said: “This is a significant and exciting investment and one that creates a compelling proposition. The acquisition of Flowrite coupled with our existing service operation, creates the largest specialist maintenanc [...]

New look as Coolair hits 40 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:02:32 GMT
Citroen Regional Business Sales Manager James Walton handing keys to Coolair Equipment’s Finance Director Helen Sharratt at the company’s Manchester HQ Coolair Equipment has unveiled a new fleet and a new look for 2020 – the company's 40th year of operations.The new fleet of Citroen commercial vehicles will operate from the air conditioning specialist's sites in Manchester, Cannock and Maidstone. Each vehicle has been wra [...]

Temporary solutions to post-Brexit concerns Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:04:19 GMT
Temporary cooling systems and chillers that can transform ambient temperature warehousing into chilled/cold storage could represent a potential solution to uncertainty surrounding the post-Brexit supply chain, according to Aggreko.Following comments from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about a UK trade deal, companies across the supply chain may face challenges increasing capacity to stockpile chilled and cold g [...]

Cool Concerns is natural choice for Beijer Ref Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:58:23 GMT
Howard Noble of Beijer Ref UK & Ireland with Stephen Benton of Cool Concerns Wholesaler Beijer Ref UK & Ireland has announced that Tewkesbury-based Cool Concerns will be its exclusive training and support partner for natural refrigerants for the fourth consecutive year.Dean & Wood launched the SCM Cubo2 Smart CO2 condensing unit range in 2018, and fellow Beijer Ref businesses HRP and DWG followed as demand increas [...]

​Fujitsu partners with AUK Distribution Tue, 07 Jan 2020 13:22:22 GMT
From left, Darryl Smith, Managing Director, AUK, Andrew Reah, Operations Director, AUK, and Ian Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK has formed a partnership with Newcastle-based AUK Distribution. Fujitsu says the move strengthens its recent collaboration with Italian group GI Holding to bring a range of applied products to the UK market.Formed in 2009 as a specia [...]

CIBSE launches embodied carbon toolkit Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:16:00 +0000

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published the building services industry's first toolkit to enable engineers to calculate the embodied carbon associated with mechanical, electrical and public health systems in ...

IRC briefing: The UK post-EU Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:14:00 +0000

On 25 February, the IRC will be hosting a half-day online business briefing covering the questions raised following the departure of the UK from the EU and how the industry is reacting to the new trading relationship with the block. This will be an ...

Gibbard takes the helm at Coolair Equipment Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:25:00 +0000

One-stop air conditioning specialists Coolair Equipment has announced a restructuring to its board of directors. Neil Gibbard, previously regional director of Coolair’s Midland office, has been appointed managing director, replacing John Otterson ...

Two new appointments to Samsung's Climate Solutions team Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:28:00 +0000

Samsung has appointed Brian Parsons as a pre sales support engineer and Paul Powell as a technical support engineer to the growing Climate Solutions team. The past 12 months have seen the Climate Solutions team continually expand in all areas of the ...

New engineering services alliance to champion change Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:58:00 +0000

The £multi-billion UK engineering services sector is launching a major new industry alliance of eight organisations on 10 February. The new alliance will be an agent for positive change and support the delivery of a safer, more productive and ...

Wasco and Aircovent join forces Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:39:03 +0000

NETHERLANDS: Rotterdam-based air conditioning and refrigeration accessory supplier Aircovent is to move its business to Rotterdam Noord in a merger with the Wasco location in the city. Aircovent, which was acquired by the Dutch HVACR wholesaler Wasco in 2017, will make the move at the end of this month. Aircovent is now integrated in all …

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€14m for energy-efficient building designs Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:14:30 +0000

IRELAND: The Irish government is offering grants worth €14m for energy-efficient building projects focusing on energy uses including heating, cooling and refrigeration. It is aimed at those in the design phase of planning capital projects for new or existing buildings. In order to qualify for a grant, participants must follow the SEAI EXEED (Excellence in …

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Webinar to cover post-Brexit food logistics problems Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:57:38 +0000

UK: The Institute of Refrigeration’s International Refrigeration Committee (IRC) is to host an online business briefing covering the challenges facing the food and drink logistics industry post Brexit. The half-day event will answer some of the questions raised following the departure of the UK from the EU and how the industry is reacting to the …

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R&M acquired by Swiss investors Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:14:52 +0000

SWITZERLAND/SPAIN: Swiss investment group Ufenau Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Spanish industrial refrigeration company Diseño y Mantenimiento de Plantas Frigoríficas (R&M). Previously known as APR, the €30m turnover business is based in Valencia, with more than 70 employees across its facilities in Valencia and Madrid.  R&M is active in the field of …

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EU and UNDP launch two-year project to address urgent adaptation financing gaps in Africa Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100

The European Union and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched a two-year project to scale up climate change adaptation in Africa yesterday at the Climate Adaptation Summit. The EU-funded project will address adaptation financing gaps in Africa to build more effective locally-led climate actions across the continent. The project will also increase the capacity to utilise climate risk information, assess and implement risk transfer mechanisms, and strengthen the knowledge and capacity to develop effective climate change adaptation solutions. It will be implemented by UNDP, in partnership with the Africa Adaptation Initiative and the African Union Commission.

Foreign Affairs Council backs EU’s ambitious goal on climate action and calls for global action to limit the damage of climate crisis Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100

EU foreign affairs ministers today underlined the sustained threat of climate change to humanity, and reiterated their support for the EU’s ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030, and reaching climate neutrality by 2050. To do so, the EU is calling for a global phase-out of harmful fossil-fuel subsidies including unabated coal in power generation, as well as promoting further technological innovation and development to advance the worldwide transformation towards climate neutrality.

Joint Statement by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100

The European Union welcomes the decision by President Biden for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change. We are looking forward to having the United States again at our side in leading global efforts to combat the climate crisis. The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time and it can only be tackled by combining all our forces. Climate action is our collective global responsibility.

2021 auction calendars published Mon, 21 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) published today the 2021 EU ETS auction calendars. The auctions will start on 29 January 2021 with an auction by Germany. The auctions on the common auction platform will start on 1 February 2021 and will also include the volumes for the Innovation Fund and the Modernisation Fund. The first 2021 auction by Poland will take place on 3 February 2021.

The EU is successfully cutting harmful HFC greenhouse gases Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100

The Commission has published a report on the functioning of the EU-wide quota system for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The system was put in place in 2015 to drastically reduce the use of these greenhouse gases with a particularly potent warming effect. The gases have a range of applications in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, as well as foaming agents or aerosol propellants. Under the system, manufacturers and users of these products are incentivised to switch to more climate-friendly alternatives to significantly reduce HFC emissions.

EU ratifies Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200

The European Union has today ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which will bring about a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful greenhouse gases.

European Union receives 2017 Ozone Award Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The European Union has received the 2017 Ozone Award for political leadership, for its role in the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

EU phasedown on track as fluorinated greenhouse gas use falls Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The production, import and export of fluorinated gases (F-gases) fell in the European Union last year, according to a new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today. F-gases are mainly used in cooling and heating equipment. Since they have a high global warming potential, phasing down HFCs is critical to global efforts to fight climate change.

Commission announces new €3 million project to kick-start HFC action Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The European Commission will provide EUR 3 million for early action to replace climate-warming gases in Latin America and the Caribbean. EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete made the announcement today in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is participating in crucial negotiations for a global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases.

EU calling for ambitious HFC amendment under the Montreal Protocol Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:28:47 +0200

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete's speech on tackling climate warming HFCs: