Delivering a presentation at the International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR) in Montreal, Canada, this month, Jensen said that between 2019 and the end of 2036, HFC importation into Australia is scheduled to reduce gradually from 8,000 tonnes CO2e to < 2,000 tonnes CO2e. At the same time, Jensen said the year 2018 was the third warmest year ever recorded for the Australian continent. In January 2019, he said 15 of the hottest locations in the world were in Australia with the highest night time temperature of 35.9°C recorded at Noona in central New South Wales. This has led to many refrigerated warehouses in the major urban centres of Australia now being designed to accommodate ambient dry bulb temperatures >45°C for three consecutive days with a peak of up to 48°C within that three day period. “Leapfrogging low global warming potential, synthetic refrigerant blends in new Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) installations raises special challenges in Australia,” Jensen said. “It’s not just about the high ambient temperatures but a low level of awareness when it comes to natural refrigerant-based solutions and the upcoming proliferation of flammable...