Thermo King halves refrigeration’s global warming potential

Swords, Ireland: Thermo King is to switch refrigerants to those with a lower global warming potential as standard in its truck and trailer fridges.

This will almost halve the carbon footprint of refrigerants used by customers. While customers previously had the option to use the lower global warming potential refrigerant, Thermo King fridges will now come standard with the industry’s most sustainable refrigerant available in the market today, the company says.

“Our company’s entire strategy is cantered on sustainability, and we are committed to delivering innovative solutions to customers that create value for their operations and are better for the planet,” said Karin De Bondt, president, Thermo King Americas.

“The enhancements to our trailer and truck units are important to de-carbonising the refrigerated fleets that deliver life-sustaining cargo, including foods and medicines, to people around the world.”

The next generation of Thermo King’s Precedent trailer portfolio will transition to the lower-GWP refrigerant (R452A) in January 2022, and truck products will come standard with the new refrigerant mid-2022. New units will no longer use R404A. These actions contribute to Trane Technologies’ Gigaton Challenge to reduce customer emissions by a billion tonnes by 2030.

In addition to helping customers meet their sustainability commitments, using a lower-GWP refrigerant as standard will help customers prepare for future regulation. Beginning in 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will require truck fridges operating in California to use refrigerants with a GWP of 2200 or less. In North America, Thermo King is a year ahead of this regulation.

As part of the global transition to more sustainable refrigerants, Thermo King has been using R452A for its entire European and Middle East product range for several years and in some products in North America and in Asia Pacific.