On Thursday, December 1, IARW member Newark Refrigerated Warehouse hosted a discussion on refrigerants policies at their facility in Newark, New Jersey. Over 30 industry members from across New Jersey participated in the meeting. Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for GCCA-IARW, attended and spoke about the regulatory outlook for refrigerants. The meeting focused on available refrigerant technologies and regulatory implications temperature-controlled warehouses should consider when making refrigerant choices. This discussion was intended to help food companies in the midst of the R-22 phase-out understand the implications of alternative refrigeration sources such as low charge ammonia systems, CO2 systems and synthetic refrigerant systems.
The event came about as part of a grant awarded to Rutgers University by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist food production, processing, storage and distribution companies in New Jersey in transitioning away from R-22.