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UNIDO offers guidance for refrigeration energy efficiency

Refrigeration and AC responsible for 17 per cent of electricity consumption
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching its latest guidance document supporting domestic and commercial refrigeration manufacturers seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and supported by International Copper Association (ICA).

As COVID-19 restrictions are in effect, the UNIDO study will be launched through a webinar, hosted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The presentation will outline the outcomes of the project and provide insight into how to use the guidance document, analyze changes in manufacturing, evaluate technical and financial options for energy efficient refrigeration equipment, and calculate associated emission reductions.

The study examines and explains methodology and tools for manufacturers to understand cost and net benefits for different energy efficient refrigeration design options and the required manufacturing line upgrades.

The refrigeration and air conditioning sector is currently responsible for around 17 per cent of global electricity consumption and can exceed 40 per cent of the national electricity demand in some developing countries.

Manufacturers are now able to ascertain which changes to their offerings can be taken cost effectively. The simulation software, named Commercial Refrigeration Analysis (CERA), gives visual modelling of the changes in components, the benefit in energy efficiency, and the cost involved in promoting green design and thus keeping the product competitive in the long term.

The free webinar will be held on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST. Following the presentation, a recording will be available on the ASHRAE Global Training Centre website. For further information and to sign up, visit ASHRAE’s website.

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