Natural refrigerants on radar in southeast Asia

End users attending the ATMOsphere Asia conference in Bangkok today spoke of their growing interest in adopting natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions.

Thanarak Kosalwitr, Charoen Pokphand Foods, at ATMOsphere Asia today

As southeast Asian economies continue to grow, natural refrigerants can help to reduce industry’s climate footprint, argued representatives of some of the region’s largest industrial food processing and cold store conglomerates at ATMOsphere Asia 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand today (6 September).

"I want to prove something,” said Thanarak Kosalwitr from Charoen Pokphand Group (CPF), outlining his personal motivation for driving natural refrigerant use in his company.

Thailand-based CPF is a leading global industrial food processing conglomerate.

Kosalwitr stressed the key role that natural refrigerant solutions can play in delivering its corporate sustainability initiatives.

“I want to prove that it is good, not only for the organisation but also for all the stakeholders. That is the key,” Kosalwitr said.

Kosalwitr commented that the company is looking for more information on natural refrigerant systems for its food processing operations.

"From what I heard this morning, CO2 transcritical is in our interest as well, to bring a good quality of life to our stakeholders,” he said.

I want to prove something. That it is good, not only for the organisation but good for all the stakeholders. That is the key."
– Thanarak Kosalwitr, Charoen Pokphand Foods

Ardi Wijaya, general manager for fish and seafood and head of business development for PT Dua Putra Perkasa, commented on the large opportunity for natural refrigerants in Indonesia’s cold chain and logistics industry.

“The Indonesian government says there will be a big need for more cold logistics in the future,” he said.

"More customers and authorities are linking the industry with the environment, so we are thinking about not only our business but our responsibility for the future.”

Representatives from overseas-based retailers also joined the end-user panel to share their experience with natural refrigerant technology.

"One thing is sure, what we are doing has an impact on the climate,” remarked David Schalenbourg of Europe-based global retail giant Ahold Delhaize.

“We have to take our responsibility and build on climate resilience."

Smaller retailers were also in attendance at ATMOsphere Asia discussing their pilot projects, which were implemented with support from local governments.

Malaysia-based Jaya Grocer, in co-operation with Malaysia’s Department of the Environment and funding from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, talked about its experience installing Panasonic’s CO2 condensing unit as a pilot project in one location.

“We have saved about 12.8% (in energy consumption costs). We hope we can do more and more CO2 systems in Malaysia,” said Chai Chun Leong of Jaya Grocer.

The panel – the largest end-user panel in ATMOsphere Asia history – showed that industry sectors from across the region, from smaller retailers to large international industrial conglomerates, were very interested in learning about natural refrigerant technology.

By Devin Yoshimoto

Sep 06, 2017, 23:27

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