Ted Atwood

Ted Atwood
Ted is the President & CEO of Trakref, a cloud-based HVAC/R and refrigerant management software company that provides unprecedented solutions for commercial properties. He has spent more than 20 years in the HVAC/R industry, even owning and operating one of the nation’s largest refrigerant reclaim and recycling companies.
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Refrigerant Management: Making R-22 Last

October 7, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R Software, Product Updates, Refrigerant Management, climate leadership, asset management

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Making R-22 Last

Trakref launches new end-to-end solution enabling supply chain and end users to track and manage refrigerants.

Recently stories in the news have been mentioning the restrictions on R-22 refrigerant that go into place on January 1, 2020.

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Blockchain: 10MM lbs Leaked This Week - Climate Week

September 27, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Management, climate leadership, blockchain, climate week 2019, f-Gas

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10MM lbs

of refrigerants leaked this week in the US

And in other news, Climate Week, an annual event that has taken place every year since 2009, was again hosted in New York City and Trakref participated for the second year. The summit takes place alongside the UN General Assembly and brings together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase global climate action.  

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Secret to SF6 Management

September 19, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Compliance Reporting, SF6 management, compliance, EPA, greenhouse gas

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Sulfur hexafluoride...if you try to say it 10 times fast it will tie your tongue in knots. It’s the most famous of all the F-gases, and for any pop culture fans it’s similar to being the most famous murder victim in any of the Friday the 13th movies.

All joking aside, this seemingly unknown gas, is one of the worst gases in the world, and one on which rely very much.

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Looking Ahead 10 Years - FMI E+sd

September 11, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Management, compliance, Regulation, grocery

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Where Will HVAC/R Be in 2030?

This week in Dallas, a group of industry leaders assembled to meet and review the past year, to plan for the future and to reacquaint each other with projects, perspective, concerns and opportunities. The Food Marketing Institute is a group of grocery leaders that run the food retail companies all across the US. The Energy and Store Development Conference, known commonly as E+Sd, brings together engineers, facilities and design members of this community. The group of people in this show are responsible for the designs, safety, conditions and quality for every grocer in the US. It’s also important that grocers large and small attend, yet the entire show can be held in one hotel – simply amazing.

Grocery & Supermarket companies are at the heart of most communities. They have an enormous footprint in our neighborhoods, and one of the largest impacts on our economy and environment. Trakref®️ attends because in that one hotel, every year when they get together to talk, they strategize about how to best handle the emerging and challenging set of HVAC/R Regulations that impact every aspect of energy, food quality, storage and safety. It’s the only focused approach. No other group devotes this much attention to the topic, and we are right at the center of issue to share, learn and help guide the discussion about the best path to compliance.

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EPA Settlement: The Gray Areas of Compliance

September 4, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, Regulation, legislation

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Most activity in the news lately about state and federal legislation fighting climate change through refrigeration management has focused heavily on refrigerant phase-outs and carbon credits. So it caught our attention this week when the US entered into a settlement with Southeastern Grocers Inc., alleging they had violated the Clean Air Act by failing to promptly repair refrigerant leaks, and to keep adequate service records about their refrigeration equipment maintenance and compliance records. 

We strongly agree that addressing leaks and keeping solid records are critical not only to maintaining compliance, but to reducing the release of greenhouse gasses, and protecting your  company’s bottom line. The trouble is, the EPA’s settlement requirements are filled with gray areas that make adhering to them complicated.

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