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Panasonic has provided CO2 condensing units at 12 Alfamidi grocery stores in Jakarta, Indonesia

Malaysia is receiving international funding to help phase down HCFCs

Masaaki Kanbe, senior manager for Japan-based retailer Lawson, Inc., took to the stage during the end user session to provide details of CO 2 pilot projects in Indonesia.

Indonesia's Zulhasni said several other projects were underway in Indonesia, including the installation of propane (R290) chillers at the University of Indonesia and in a hotel in Bali.

To date, Lawson has assisted with project management for the installation of a total of 26 Panasonic CO 2 condensing units at 12 Alfamidi grocery store locations in Jakarta, Indonesia. The installations are part of a programme that began in 2013, called the ‘Joint Crediting Mechanism Model Project’. The programme is a joint collaboration between the Japanese and Indonesian governments, aiming to introduce energy-efficient technology to retailers while contributing to the emissions reduction targets of both countries. Though challenges such as high installation costs and the need for training remain, the project so far boasts impressive results. Combined with the installation of LED lighting and invertertype air conditioning, the installation of Panasonic’s CO 2 systems has allowed all 12 stores to achieve an average 40.3% reduction in total yearly power consumption.

These projects are all part of a larger push to raise awareness of natural refrigerants, especially among end users, in the rest of Southeast Asia. Anshu Kumar, technical advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, underscored this point by saying: “The end user does not know about this change from synthetic to natural [refrigerants] and multilateral funding, so we need to work harder to increase this awareness among end users." However, the direction of the industry is certainly set and the support infrastructure is there to begin the transition away from HFCs in Southeast Asia. "We are working to remove all the barriers for adoption of the new generation of refrigerants,” said Shaofeng Hu, regional network coordinator for the United Nations Environment Programme. "With the Kigali Amendment, you will see more examples of natural refrigerant adoption in Southeast Asia.” DY

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