Star Refrigeration raises awareness of Carbon Reduction Commitment and F-Gas phase out in roadshow success

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Star Refrigeration have recently carried out a series of half-day formative events in Glasgow, Reading and Leeds that were attended by end-users, consultants and facilities management from various business sectors, who were interested in finding out more about the current challenges and developments in cooling and heating technology.

Dr. Rob Lamb presents at the Star Refrigeration Roadshow 2013 in Glasgow at Snow Factor, Braehead

Carbon Reduction Commitment is mandatory for certain businesses. If you run your plant for 4000 hours a year, it roughly equates to about 1500 kilowatts of electricity. So if your energy bill is more than 5000 kilowatts, your company is probably in this.

The Star Refrigeration Roadshow 2013 kicked off in Glasgow on Tuesday 24th September through to Reading on Thursday 26th September, and revolved around the theme “The Future of Industrial Cooling & Heating: Reap The Benefits”. The event was accredited with CPD certification with each attendee receiving a CPD diploma and took months of rigorous planning and preparation from Star, putting together the material to ensure the day was jam-packed with information and using social media tools such as Twitter to market the event to its target audience. Each event received positive feedback from attendees.

Four members of Star’s senior management put together a presentation for the event to share their knowledge on their respective areas of expertise and give advice on any issues arising within the industry, such as the upcoming phase-out of R22 and F-Gases and how to recover heat to be used in cooling systems for energy efficiency. Each expert also took part in a Q&A session towards the end of the event to answer any outstanding questions individual members of the audience had. The presentations were as follows – David Blackhurst, MD Star Technical Solutions discussed the key environmental issues affecting the ongoing changes to industry legislation, including ozone depletion partially caused by toxic refrigerants, to prepare businesses for the proposed future phase-out of F-Gases (HFCs).

Group Sales & Marketing Director Dr. Rob Lamb gave an insight into energy saving technology and design to help businesses reduce energy costs and improve performance of new and existing cooling systems. Andy Smith, the Branch Manager of Star Manchester, talked about industrial refrigeration plant maintenance and the issues that get in the way of optimal operation. To back this up, an analysis of survey results Star carried out in 9 industrial refrigeration systems across the UK to evaluate the value of undertaking maintenance was presented. Finally, Director of Innovation and waste heat specialist David Pearson’s presentation aimed to create an understanding of Carbon Reduction Commitment and how combined cooling and heating systems can reduce carbon emissions as well as the energy bill. David presented facts and figures to raise awareness of exactly how pressing the issue is to businesses:

“Carbon Reduction Commitment is mandatory for certain businesses. It’s entirely derived about energy efficiency, range of drivers, and it’s basically large businesses in the UK that have a 6000 megawatt hours per year energy consumption. If you run your plant for 4000 hours a year, it roughly equates to about 1500 kilowatts of electricity. So if your energy bill is more than 5000 kilowatts, your company is probably in this. It started off on a tapered basis and is probably only £50,000 a year for fairly large businesses, but that will rise.”

The presentations will soon be available to view online at for interested parties who were unable to attend. A photo gallery and videos will also be featured on the Roadshow website – – that capture the event for anyone who missed it or wishes to re-live the experience.

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