This MTG is established to coordinate TC/TG/TRG technical activities to help transition the HVAC&R industry to sustainable lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternative refrigerants. The MTG will further request participation from US EPA and AHRI. The MTG responsibilities include suggestions for research, development and presentation of technical programs of all types on alternative lower GWP refrigerants, suggestions for Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) systems evaluation for different applications, development of lower GWP solutions for different applications, and a special publication detailing aspects of LCCP applied to the HVAC&R fields.
This MTG will create a synergy between TCs working on advancing the HVAC&R state-of-the-art. The Members will coordinate the efforts undertaken by TC1.3, 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.11, 10.1, and 10.7 to investigate the performance of alternative refrigerants and refrigerant blends proposed by TC3.1. The MTG will also work closely with TC3.2 and TC3.4 to ensure the compatibility of the new refrigerants with current and future systems. Furthermore, the MTG will coordinate the results obtained from research performed in different TCs with TC1.5, 2.5 and 4.1 to establish a standardized LCCP evaluation in order to ensure that the lower GWP refrigerants do not contribute more emissions indirectly. Results from the work coordinated by this MTG will be published in ASHRAE handbook chapters sponsored by different committees. The diversity of the MTG participating TC membership will result in stronger impact on the HVAC&R community and ensure faster and sustainable transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants.