By Elias Hakizimana
The importers of alternatives to global warming gases and cooling equipment said that the initiative of phasing out the gases benefit both of them and users of cooling equipment.
According to Basile Seburikoko, the Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning at Akagera Business Group that imports fridges and air conditioners from SamSung, there is an opportunity of business in phasing out such gases and cooling equipment.
“We import fridges and air conditioners after we ask the factory to make what fit our climate because the temperature in Rwanda might be different from that of elsewhere. We have gases that we are gradually phasing out and the natural or environmental friendly gases we are embracing. For us we still have markets because Rwanda have understood the role of replacing the fridges and gases with the green cooling ones that saves over 30 per cent of energy,” he said.
David Gakuba, the Director of AKOLIFE Ltd that imports gases since 2016 added that they are gaining good brand because of importing green gases by phasing out gases such as R-12, R-22, and R-507, R-410 and others.
“The best quality of some of these green gases is that they can last long in the cooling equipment which benefits the users. Some of those gases such as R-290 need study of making their packaging cheap at the factory so that they do not become expensive when arrived in Rwanda. We are dealing with manufacturers over that,” he said.
The benefits of such as gases and cooling equipment is that they are not easily damaged by power accident, they consume less power, they have many years of guarantee since the climate friendly can last 15 years while others it is less than ten years, he added
Embracing the new climate friendly fridges and air conditioners with alternatives gases to global warming gases will bring both economic and environmental benefits to the users, experts have said.
The phasing out of planet warming gases such as HFCs is part of implementation of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol agreed by worldwide nations in 2016.
Martine Uwera, the Montreal Protocol focal person at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in the ministry of environment says that that embracing the new climate friendly cooling equipment and gases promotes energy efficiency and reduces global warming gases.
“We have gases that have to be phased out such as R-22 used in fridges but if we use green cooling fridge and climate friendly gas such as R-600 which is hydrocarbon, the fridge user will save at least 36 per cent of energy that could be spent and other types can save over 50 of energy that could be used,” she explained.
She said that although a certain new green cooling fridge can cost a bit high price in the beginning, the money would be recovered through its quality of consuming less electricity and that it lasts longer than other types being phased out.
While explaining the bad effects of planet warming gases such as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that include R-407A, R-410A, and R-134A, Uwera said that one Kg of them emits between 1,000 and 100,000 carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming followed by diseases caused by air pollution, unusual events such as heavy flooding, drought and others.
“If we phase out HFCs gases, the world could reduce 80 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2047 and this amount could reduce 0.5 degree Celsius of global warming as part of contributing to Paris Agreement implementation with target to reduce global warming to below 2 degree Celsius,” she explained.
She explained that there are so far about 30 importers of green cooling equipment and gases while more than 10 trainings of 100 refrigeration technicians on good refrigeration practices and safe use of flammable refrigerants have already been conducted.
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