More than 60 HVAC&R industry professionals convened in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, in July at the 11th Danfoss EnVisioneering symposium to discuss new climate change legislation, the role of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and the new, rapidly changing energy landscape.

In his opening remarks, Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss North America, summed up the challenges facing the HVAC&R industry.

“The issues today are important and complex,” he said. “Energy prices have moderated a bit, but the trend continues upward.  We have seen the effects of supply interruptions with traditional energy sources, especially those in sensitive or critical parts of the world, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

“We know change is coming, and that it is required as our nation faces strategic issues related to energy and climate change.  The challenge is that change should be well informed, and that we should be well informed about where it will take us, so we can adapt and achieve our business goals.”