Enforcement of the Paris Agreement and Reducing HFCs

The first step in combating global warming The Paris Agreement, the historic global pact to address climate change from 2020, went into force on November 4. Enforcement came less than a year after the...


Smartifying Air Conditioners What Is It and What Is Needed?

Smart air conditioners are equipped with advanced communications capability that allows users to operate and monitor the equipment remotely. As one type of so-called ‘smart’ home appliances, smart air...


Spreading Reach of ICT, Data Centers, and Air Conditioning

Rise of Cloud Computing   Since the 2000s, the use of information and communications technology (ICT) has rapidly advanced in the activities of daily living as well as in companies and public ins...


Alternative Refrigerants Update

The resumed 37th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol was held in Vienna, Austria on July 15 and 16, 2016 followed by various side events and meeti...


Plant Factories Bearing Fruit

-- Major Companies Entering the Industry Japanese plant factories are aiming to become an export industry and appear to be heading for a third wave of business expansion. Japan is said to lead the wor...


Growing Air Filtration Business

Nowadays people willingly buy drinking water that costs more than gasoline - bottled mineral water and deep-sea water to name a few. It used to be that people only bought water when they had to becaus...


Where Is Japanese Electrical Appliance Industry Headed?

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry has acquired the venerable Japanese home appliance and consumer electronics brand Sharp. As this illustrates, Chinese and Taiwanese companies have been increasi...


Low-GWP, Mildly Flammable or Non-Flammable?

--Recent Trends in Refrigerant Issues On January 21, 2016, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) held a conference to announce the research findings of the Low Global Warmi...


Indoor Air Pollution and Health

-- IAQ vs. PM2.5 Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air inside buildings and structures and impacts the health and comfort of the people who occupy these structures. Controlling pol...


Future Life Connecting Appliances and Vehicles

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that refers to technology connecting all types of objects using the Internet.   Many companies in Germany, the United States, and Japan are testing ways to ...


Reducing Food Loss and Waste in the Cold Chain

According to the survey ‘Global Food Losses and Food Waste - Extent, Causes and Prevention’ by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, approximately one-third of all food pr...