Hoshizaki to go HFC-free for ice machines

Hoshizaki’s ice machines will no longer require HFC refrigerants by 2020.

Effective from 1 January 2019, Hoshizaki will be phasing out ice machines containing HFC refrigerant, replacing them with the latest, sustainable HC alternative, in a move designed to make the company’s entire ice machine portfolio 100% HFC free by 2020.

Since the introduction of EU regulation 517/2014, which was designed to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases in commercial refrigeration by 2020, eliminating all HFC refrigeration used by 2022, Hoshizaki has been an early adopter of the latest refrigerants such as R290 and HC290 with the new HC ice machines using the latter. These naturally occurring gases should allow operators to make environmental improvements and reduce energy usage.

Hoshizaki UK national sales manager Roz Scourfield commented: “As global leaders in commercial refrigeration and ice making equipment, Hoshizaki understands the importance of offering the greenest solutions at a competitive price.

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“The phasing out of the existing HFC units will begin from January 2019, seeing the equipment replaced by the significantly greener, HC models, which will also be sold at a lower purchase price than the remaining HFC appliances to encourage operators.

“Industry-wide energy saving driven by the use of sustainable equipment is the key to generating an environmentally friendly future for the foodservice industry, and by committing to make our entire ice machine portfolio HFC-free, Hoshizaki has taken a major step towards greater sustainability.”

Linking with the company’s recently announced ‘Eco Supply Chain’ plan, a holistic approach to creating a better, cleaner future, which includes a focus on production, transport, durability and recycling, the new HC ice units are aimed at helping operators drive a greener commercial kitchen.

The new appliances are designed to generate savings by cutting energy costs and reducing the life cycle expenditure thanks to greater durability.

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