Quick Read: Understanding the Impact
of Natural Gas as a Commodity
 
    After so much dire information about the economy, there's finally some good news. Natural gas – the heating fuel that was in drastically short supply a decade ago – is today being uncovered at an amazingly rapid rate, driving the price of the fossil fuel to nearly a seven-year low. That should come as a relief to the millions of North American businesses and homes heated by natural gas. Horizontal drilling technology is unlocking large amounts of gas in previously off-limits shale formations, and more utilities are getting on the natural-gas bandwagon, adding power plants that can produce electricity while creating half the carbon generated by burning coal.

With a 90-year supply of natural gas estimated in the U.S., prices are expected to remain relatively low. Yet the fuel industry is a complicated one, so the future is hard to predict. In this issue, we’ll give you the experts' best guess of what to expect in the coming years.

Here's a quick guide to the hot topic of heating costs >
 
 
  IN THIS ISSUE
•  Quick Read: Understanding
the Impact of Natural Gas as
a Commodity


•  CO2 Unit Coolers Take Center
Stage as R-22 Is Phased Out


•  Not on Your Watch

•  Say Hello to Life Cycle
Climate Performance



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Say Hello to Life Cycle Climate Performance


Just how big is your company's carbon footprint? For years, our industry relied on the Total Equivalent Warming Impact – or TEWI – to gauge the global warming impact of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. TEWI compares potential warming effects by taking into account the equipment's energy consumption and refrigerant emissions. Yet that's not all there should be to the equation.

Other environmental costs – such as the amount of energy used to produce the equipment's refrigerant in the first place, and how the equipment is decommissioned at the end of its life – need to be considered. That's why the LCCP – the Life Cycle Climate Performance analysis – has been developed. In this issue of The Cold Front, you'll see how LCCP is promoting a more balanced approach to managing refrigeration's impact on the environment.

Discover how LCCP works, and why we need it. >
 
 
 
 

Not on Your Watch

You have a chef who keeps an eye on the kitchen staff, or a surveillance system that monitors your dining room and parking lot. But who's watching your refrigeration system? If the answer is “no one,” you may be ignoring the potential for losing thousands of dollars in food and wasted energy in one day.

Installing a remote monitoring system can help keep track of food temperatures, energy costs and equipment performance – providing a simple yet smart way to control your operating expenses. By allowing immediate access from any internet connection, a remote system monitors refrigeration control easily and effectively, whether you have one store or units all across the country. We'll show you how just one of these units can cut your costs and downtime.

See how to cut your (food and energy) losses. >
 
 
 
  CO2 Unit Coolers Take Center Stage as
R-22 Is Phased Out
 


Everything old is new again, and that's not just true of clothing styles and our enduring taste for the comfort food grandma used to make. Turns out refrigeration systems based on CO2 are coming back in a big way…150 years after they were first introduced in 1866.

The phase-out of R-22 – along with other global government mandates to stop depletion of the ozone layer – has prompted several industries to look for alternatives to traditional refrigerants. While several refrigeration techniques are being explored, the use of CO2 offers a range of other benefits.

 

We'll show you what to expect when vintage refrigerants are given a high-tech twist.

Read more about innovative CO2 refrigeration. >

 
 
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