What is JULABO USA doing to address the EPA’s evolving regulations on synthetic refrigerants?
A: JULABO USA is closely following the ever-evolving regulation changes regarding the phaseout and ban of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). We are aware that certain states are adopting regulation changes based on the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the HFCs in their state, thus prohibiting the use of these refrigerants earlier than others.
Europe will begin to see strict standards next year as a result of the EU F-gas Regulation, and therefore, our manufacturing team at JULABO GmbH has made it high priority to develop circulators utilizing alternative refrigerants. As an example, our CORIO CD-310F circulator is already in production and can be supplied with natural refrigerants. All of our service technicians at JULABO USA have been trained by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) on hydrocarbon (HC) natural refrigerants, and we are ready to serve our customers already utilizing natural refrigerants efficiently and safely.
JULABO USA is also offering a JULABO Subscription® model, which would allow our customers to buy a unit and pay a monthly fee with additional service benefits resulting in a swap for a new unit after three years. This can be cancelled at any time after six months. In this arrangement, you can be guaranteed that your instrument is always up to date as it comes to changing EPA regulations.