Return on Investment Progress Group

Objective:

Provide clarity on the costs associated with natural refrigerant equipment and develop strategies to bring costs down

Goals:
1. Provide clarity on component pricing for natural refrigerant equipment and explore strategies to drive out unnecessary expenses;

2. Increase the availability of refrigerant-grade CO2 and hydrocarbons to drive down end-user costs due to supply problems; and

3. Validate manufacturer lifecycle cost savings for natural refrigerant equipment.

Progress to date (December 1, 2016)

  • Data collection on component pricing for natural refrigerant equipment is finished. Group is drafting a white paper to document the findings of the analysis.
  • Memo of Understanding with Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), the trade association that represents HVACR distributors, to cooperate to help distributors understand the role that natural refrigerants have in the supermarket refrigeration industry and the future market potential for natural refrigerants, components, and equipment.
    • In the process of planning webinars that will educate distributors on natural refrigerants, components, and equipment, to motivate them to begin carrying refrigerant-grade CO2 and propane and components for natural refrigerant equipment.

    • Developing a strategy to connect refrigerant end-users and service contractors with natural refrigerant suppliers, educate suppliers about natural refrigerants and enable end-users to better source natural refrigerants.