The chair of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration’s (IIAR) Energy Sustainability Committee, Aer Teale, has issued a call for new members to support the committee’s efforts.
The committee, which was formed in 2020, is tasked with “establishing energy efficiency metrics and developing programs to support end user energy conservation initiatives, environmental issues and regulatory incentives to improve the use of energy in [ammonia/NH3 (R717)-based] system selection, design and application,” according to the institute’s 2021 State of the Industry report.
With the rising costs of utilities and stringency of efficiency standards, as well as international agreements addressing GHG emissions and the phase down of certain synthetic refrigerants, the committee will focus its efforts on the sustainability-related topics that have “attracted significant interest across the world,” explained the IIAR.
Projects that are of interest to the committee include a comparison of different natural refrigeration systems based on their energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This would include “two-stage ammonia systems, subcritical, transcritical and low-charge packages,” the organization added.
The Energy Sustainability Committee will cover the “technical, … human, … social responsibility and regulatory” aspects of natural refrigeration, as detailed in Teale’s open letter.
“What is the natural refrigeration community’s role in helping to create a better world for tomorrow?” asked Teale. “How can we shape our decisions today so the next generation and the generation after that can pick up where we left off and carry the torch forward? That is what the Energy Sustainability Committee’s task is to me, to start building the foundation for tomorrow.”
Teale, who was appointed to their new position with the IIAR earlier this year, has worked in the natural refrigeration industry since 2008 and is currently the Director of Engineering at Lineage Logistics.
“What is the natural refrigeration community’s role in helping to create a better world for tomorrow?”Aer Teale, Lineage Logistics
As the lead of Lineage’s Energy Conservation and Efficiency team, Teale is particularly interested in helping the committee focus on energy conservation, energy efficiency and alternative energies.
Teale delivered the End User Keynote presentation at the ATMOsphere (ATMO) America Summit 2022 on natural refrigerants, which took place June 7–8 in Alexandria, Virginia, and was organized by ATMOsphere, publisher of Ammonia21.com. During the presentation, Teale detailed Lineage’s commitment to becoming carbon net zero by 2040 and how natural refrigerants, such as ammonia and CO2 (R744), and energy-efficiency improvements will play key roles in its journey.
The IIAR is a technical member organization with industry representation from all facets of the natural refrigeration community.
Members who are interested in joining the IIAR’s Energy Sustainability Committee are requested to apply via the organization’s website.
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