Natural energy to reduce footprint

Selwyn Wallace with MPs Ian Goodneough and Bob Baldwin, and Brian Foster.
Selwyn Wallace with MPs Ian Goodneough and Bob Baldwin, and Brian Foster.

Executive director Selwyn Wallace said the company, located in the Neerabup Industrial Area, had been working with the Federal Government to provide a better understanding about all natural refrigerants including hydrocarbons, ammonia and carbon dioxide.

�Hydrocarbon refrigerants have zero ozone depleting properties and negligible global warming potential; by using hydrocarbon refrigerants we are reducing our carbon footprint on this planet,� Mr Wallace said.

He said they emphasised to the Government natural refrigerants were a technically viable, safe, and efficient option for refrigeration, heating and cooling applications.

In March, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough cited the work of Engas to the House of Representatives while highlighting the Emissions Reduction Fund.

He said the fund would support Australian businesses and households to take practical and direct action to reduce emissions and improve the environment.

�The objective of the Emissions Reduction Fund is to help achieve Australia’s emissions reduction target of 5 per cent below the year 2000 levels by 2020,� he said.

Mr Wallace said they had asked the Government to acknowledge the potential of natural refrigerants to address global direct emissions.

�This should make the pathway easier for Engas to deliver our products to the market, and hopefully stop the relentless attack by vested interest groups aligned with the fluorocarbon refrigerants industry,� he said.

�Engas provide a safe and easy retrofit solution (from chemical refrigerants to natural refrigerants) for trained engineers and technicians so that our refrigerants can be applied correctly and safely.�

He said hydrocarbon refrigerant had better performance and energy efficiency due to lower density and lower operating pressures in comparison with other chemical refrigerants.

�Financially, by using hydrocarbon refrigerants, consumers are able to save a significant cost on their power bill. This varies between 15 per cent and 50 per cent depending on the equipment that is being converted,� he said.

He said hydrocarbon refrigerants had been widely used since the 90s.

�There are millions of domestic fridges and freezers and hundreds of thousands of air conditioning systems already using hydrocarbon refrigerants,� he said.

He said Engas developed blended hydrocarbon refrigerants which provide better performance and are of better quality.

�Engas is gaining ground rapidly. This is due to education, word of mouth and advertising,� he said.

�We have come a long way going through many hurdles from the industry and the scepticism of consumers.

�We are distributing globally. Educating consumers and creating awareness are the main factor of creating a brand for Engas.�