ATLANTA/PARIS (October 28, 2022) – Entries are now being accepted for the ASHRAE and OzonAction of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2022 Lower GWP Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Innovation Award. The award promotes innovative design, research and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigeration and air-conditioning applications. The award is part of the ASHRAE-UNEP OzonAction joint workplan for 2021-2023 under the global cooperation agreement established by both parties in 2007.
Due to the global pandemic, judging of submissions received for the 2020 award was not completed. However, entries submitted for the 2020 award will be automatically entered into consideration for the 2022 award. Those who submitted entries for 2020 will be allowed and encouraged to update those entries if desired.
“We must support and recognize innovative efforts that seek to minimize negative impacts on our environment,” said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member. “ASHRAE is proud to continue our partnership with UNEP OzonAction to sponsor this award in support of pioneering refrigerant technologies that will play a crucial role in our global marketplace and help us to achieve important climate management goals.”
The award’s selection criteria include:
- Description of innovation in field of lower-GWP refrigerants.
- Confirmation project has been implemented in a developing country.
- Extent of need.
- Environmental impact achieved including specific reference to the GWP chemicals’ contribution.
- Description of further application in developing countries from both the technology and economic perspectives, including how the innovation is financially feasible to be replicated.
The entry period ends 31 December 2022. Information about the award and the online submission form can be found at ashrae.org/lowerGWP. Entries will be judged by an international jury of experts in the field of refrigerant research and management selected by ASHRAE and UNEP.
The individuals who worked on projects selected for 2022 awards will be announced at Montreal Protocol related events. ASHRAE and UNEP will also team to disseminate information to specialists and government officials in developing countries about the projects selected to raise awareness of successful technology applications.
In 2019, ASHRAE and UNEP identified five projects – two Residential Applications and three Commercial/Industrial Applications for awards.
- Low Charge Ammonia Vapor Compression Refrigeration System implemented in India
- HFC-161 Application for High Cooling Capacity Household Air Conditioners implemented in China
- Packaged Chillers with Integrated Air Handling Units Using HFC-32 and HC-290 implemented in Saudi Arabia
- CO2 Transcritical Refrigeration System for a Hot-and-Humid Region implemented in Thailand
- Low Charge Propane Chiller for a Supermarket Refrigeration System implemented in Brazil
Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and their allied fields.
As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.
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About OzonAction of the United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. As an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, UNEP through OzonAction assists 147 developing countries to meet and sustain their compliance obligations under that treaty. Visit UNEP OzonAction page https://www.unenvironment.org/ozonaction/