Refrigeration guru launches consultancy

A leading UK expert on commercial refrigeration has launched a new consultancy specialising in refrigeration, energy efficiency and climate change.

Ray Gluckman, the author of the watershed March Consulting report on UK refrigerant usage in the 1990s, is branching out on his own to help businesses and government bodies get to grips with key refrigeration issues.

For the past 25 years, Gluckman has played a leading role in the industry’s response to climate change.

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Most recently, he advised the European Commission on the impact of proposed new regulations as part of the European-wide F-Gas review.

His new company, Gluckman Consulting Ltd, will be based in Surrey and provide companies, trade bodies, government and EU organisations with specialist advice on the impact of refrigeration on the environment, and the implications of new legislation for the sector.

Specific areas of expertise include alternative refrigerants, impact assessments for regulatory change, energy audits, leakage reduction strategies and change management for major end-users.

He said: “The industry has been on a long journey in terms of the environment and climate change, and it continues to this day. It has been a bit like getting a super-tanker to change direction, and it has taken time to get to grips with change. That is now well under way and major strides have been, and continue to be, made. Under the new EU F-Gas regulation, change will need to accelerate.”

Gluckman added that the latest developments, particularly the phase-down in the use of HFC refrigerants, would have “very significant implications” for the equipment supply and contracting industry.

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