Editor in Chief's Note
One Global Industry ― By Michael Garry
hough we live in a world of growing nationalism, where countries are focused on regional interests, shecco has chosen to take a different path with the publication of this inaugural issue of Accelerate Magazine. As longtime readers of Accelerate America (of which I was founding editor), Accelerate Europe and Accelerate Australia & NZ know, our magazines previously had a regional orientation, for the most part looking at natural refrigerant developments in each of those parts of the world. That was the right approach initially as we endeavored to spark interest in what was happening in our reader’s own backyards. However, to take the next step in our coverage, we realized that it would benefit readers in each region to become more aware of innovations and trends taking place outside of their home markets. So we created the magazine you are now reading, which treats sustainable HVAC&R as the global phenomenon that it is. We have retained individual regional sections so readers mostly interested in local developments can learn about what’s happening there. But now readers in, for example, Australia or North America, where progress in natural refrigerant adoption has been measured, can easily learn about the exciting innovations happening in Europe, Japan and other places around the world. They will see what the true potential for sustainable cooling and heating systems is, across a wide variety of sectors, unencumbered by regional limitations.
Accelerate Magazine // June 2019
Each of our regional sections showcases the best that each region has to offer in natural refrigerant adoption. In this issue that ranges from the retailer Whole Foods Market and the contractor South-Town Refrigeration & Mechanical in North America, to the retailer Mega Image and SNØ indoor ski arena in Europe, to aquatic centers, a winery, a hotel and retailer ALDI in Australia, to cold-storage operator Yoshio Ice in Japan, to CRRC Changchun Railway in China, to Royal Duty Free stores in the Philippines. When you look at natural refrigerants on a global basis, what an amazing array of applications and sectors! Moreover, readers will see that while each region approaches natural refrigerants differently, they all have common concerns about regulations, training, costs – and more. At the same time, Accelerate Magazine gives us the perfect platform to address global phenomena like the Kigali Amendment (for which we will provide an ongoing list of country ratifications), World Refrigeration Day and the new IEC standard for hydrocarbon charge. We will also be delving outside of natural refrigerant vapor compression systems to look at alternative technologies and other ways to save energy, using examples from around the world. Finally, our cover story, “NatRefs 101,” straddles the regional and the global, showing the evolution of natural refrigerant technologies and how different regions have impacted each other. That is the ultimate goal of the magazine – demonstrating that, while each region has its own interests and priorities, natural refrigerants encompass one global industry where ultimately there are no boundaries. MG