- Environmentally preferable refrigerants support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals
Global technology leader Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it is collaborating with Integrated Industrial Gases (IIG), Trane and ASHRAE to deliver environmentally preferable refrigerant solutions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These organizations are experts in the refrigerants industry: IIG is the leading supplier of industrial gases and refrigerants in Saudi Arabia, Trane is one of the leading industrial air conditioner providers in the region, and ASHRAE is the global society of air-conditioning and refrigeration professionals.
As summer begins, cooling technology becomes vitally important in countries like Saudi Arabia, where the average summer temperature is 45°C and can reach 54°C. This collaboration supports Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption in the Kingdom and limit the environmental damage of greenhouse gases in line with global regulations. Honeywell’s suite of Solstice® refrigerants help users meet energy goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in applications such as air conditioning systems for vehicles, residential and commercial buildings, and refrigeration appliances.
“Honeywell’s groundbreaking refrigerant technology is designed to help realize a more sustainable future,” said Amir Naqvi, regional marketing leader, Honeywell Fluorine Products, Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “As the Middle East transitions to more environmentally preferable cooling solutions, Honeywell’s hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) refrigerants are immediately available, near drop-in alternatives that offer superior performance and energy savings.”
In order to effectively communicate the benefits of Solstice® refrigerants, Honeywell has been holding customer roadshows in the region, which aim to educate new and existing users about this breakthrough, next-generation technology. Attendees can hear from experts at Honeywell, IIG, Trane and ASHRAE, and participate in workshops hosted by industry experts, policymakers, contractors, consultants, original equipment manufacturers and sector stakeholders, who discuss in-market specific factors such as regulations and sustainability agendas within regional and national visions. More than one hundred people attended the most recent shows in Al Khobar and Jeddah, with the next roadshow taking place in Riyadh on September 21, 2017.
Rami Nasser, managing director at IIG (Integrated Industrial Gases), said, “We’re proud of our collaboration with Honeywell to bring its next-generation, lower-GWP solutions to the region to support Saudi commitment to sustainability. As we foresee a quick transition in the Kingdom towards the use of HFO refrigerants, Honeywell’s products will be the ideal solution for the changing regulatory environment in the region and around the world.”
The refrigeration and air conditioning sectors are in the midst of a major transition towards environmentally-preferable refrigerants. Currently, the region is phasing out hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) to limit the damage to the ozone layer caused by HCFCs. These are being replaced by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). However, HFCs have high global warming potentials (GWPs), and have also become subject to phasedown regulations. Last year, 197 countries signed an agreement to the Montreal Protocol that established a timeline to substantially reduce the use of HFCs across the world.
“To help offer customers choices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we introduced the EcoWise ™ portfolio of products, which are designed to lower environmental impact with next-generation, low-global warming potential refrigerants and high-efficiency operations.” said Johan Samuelsson, vice president and general manager for Trane MEA. “We have received great feedback from our customers who are also interested in the Series E CenTraVac, the first large-capacity centrifugal chiller that uses an ultra-low global warming potential refrigerant, Honeywell Solstice®.”
Khalid Al Mulhim, chairman at the Saudi Chapter of ASHRAE said, “ASHRAE is always keen to share technical advancements in the a/c and refrigeration industry. We believe strongly in the importance of HFO refrigerant alternatives in phasing out high-GWP chemicals while providing a long-term, effective solution.”
Honeywell’s presence in Saudi Arabia extends back to the 1970s with presence in 10 offices throughout the Kingdom. Honeywell is leveraging its technological and innovative capabilities to help the advancement of renewable energy and sustainability through education, research, development, investment, commercialization and adaptation.
Honeywell is a world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of refrigerants that are sold worldwide under the Solstice® and Genetron® brand names for a range of applications, including refrigeration, building and automobile air conditioning. Honeywell and its suppliers are completing a $900 million investment program in R&D and new capacity based on Honeywell’s HFO technology. For more information, visit www.honeywell-refrigerants.com.