Hoshizaki will not build any more ice machines containing HFC refrigerant from 1 January 2019, the company has announced.
Instead, all future builds will use the latest, sustainable HC alternative as part of a move designed to make the company’s entire ice machine portfolio 100% HFC-free by 2020.
Since the introduction of EU regulation 517/2014, which was designed to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gasses in commercial refrigeration by 2020 and eliminate all HFC refrigeration used by 2022, Hoshizaki has been an early adopter of greener refrigerants.
This includes both R290 and HC290, with its new HC ice machines using the latter.
Roz Scourfield, national sales manager at Hoshizaki UK, says that naturally-occurring gases not only allow operators to make significant environmental improvements, but they also allow vast long term savings to be made thanks to a reduction in energy usage.
She commented: “As global leaders in commercial refrigeration and ice making equipment, Hoshizaki understands the importance of offering the greenest solutions at a competitive price. The phasing out of the existing HFC units will begin from January 2019, seeing the equipment replaced by the significantly greener, HC models, which will also be sold at a lower purchase price than the remaining HFC appliances to encourage operators.”
Industry wide energy saving driven by the use of sustainable equipment is the key to generating an environmentally friendly future for the foodservice industry, Mrs Scourfield added.