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York International

Year Submitted: 2005

Process: Product Testing

Industry: Industrial Equipment Manufacturer

Wastes Reduced: Refrigerants

Location: San Antonio TX

No. of employees: 360

Contact: Jerry Smith

Phone: (210)662-5816


Assembled chillers were charged with refrigerant for pre-shipment performance testing and shipment, creating opportunities for accidental releases. The average leak could result in a loss of approximately 600 pounds of refrigerant.

P2 Application:

Leaks have been reduced 90% due to a design change in the chillers. The valves formerly involved in the leaks have been upgraded and relocated to avoid any contact during movement. To further prevent spills, a containment vessel was designed to capture the refrigerant. Weekly preventative maintenance checks are performed on the recovery units, reducing risk of contamination by 85%. Any leaked refrigerant that becomes contaminated is sold to a reclamation center that purifies it for resale.

Environmental Benefits:

A 90% reduction in refrigerant leaks equates to remarkable environmental benefits, due to the toxic nature of refrigerant chemicals. York International has greatly reduced their Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

Refrigerant purchasing and reclamation savings: over $25,000.

Source: TCEQ

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