Tracing the growth of natural refrigerants through the first 100 issues of Accelerate magazines from around the world.

This is Part 1 of a six-part series taken from the cover story of the June 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine.

shecco launched its first Accelerate publication, Accelerate America, in November 2014 with the visage of Harrison Horning, director of energy and facility services for Delhaize America, on the cover. Horning had overseen the installation of the first U.S. transcritical CO2 system at a Hannaford store in Turner, Maine, the previous year.

Accelerate America was followed with Accelerate editions in Europe, Japan and Australia/New Zealand, as well as two issues of Accelerate China and one of Accelerate Asia. All told, 100 issues of the regional magazines were published through May 2019.

The Accelerate concept has now evolved to become a global magazine replacing the regional editions (Accelerate Japan will continue to be published in Japanese.) Accelerate Magazine will cover natural refrigerant developments in all parts of the world, with a particular focus on Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and China, though it will leave no region where natural refrigerants are being used uncovered.

In this inaugural issue, we look back over the major natural refrigerant developments described in the regional editions. Each region has its own particular historical narrative, though Europe’s leading role has had a strong effect on other major markets in the world.

Beyond individual regions, natural refrigerants are a worldwide phenomenon, and have thus been impacted by the Montreal Protocol, the global treaty that in 1987 orchestrated the elimination of ozone-depleting refrigerants, and in 2016 set the stage for the phase down of high-GWP refrigerants via the Kigali Amendment. Both have paved the way for the emergence of the regional natural refrigerant alternatives detailed in the following pages.

This is Part 1 of a six-part series detailing how the use of natural refrigerants has grown around the world, taken from the cover story of the June 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine.

Click here for Part 2: Europe – Leading the World

All posts in the series:

Part 1: NatRefs 101
Part 2: Europe – Leading the World
Part 3: North America – Steady Growth, Despite Policy Setbacks
Part 4: Australia & New Zealand – Cutting Costs Down Under
Part 5: Japan – Eco Cute and C-Stores Lead NatRefs Growth
Part 6: China – NatRef Opportunities Abound

By Michael Garry

Jul 02, 2019, 08:18

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