The refrigerants phasedown – Australia ups its game on HFCs


Europe leads the way on the phasedown of high GWP (global warming potential) HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) as F-Gas bans and refrigerant quota reductions approach rapidly. This is already putting a considerable pressure on the supply chain and the refrigeration industry in Europe is beginning to face up to the prospect of shortages of high GWP HFCs.

There are a number of alternatives available, ranging from low GWP HFCs and HFOs to natural refrigerants, which are opening a new window for end-users and equipment suppliers.

But the effects of this are being felt around the world too, as countries, including the US and Australia, look to meet the commitments of the Montreal Protocol. This has been given impetus by the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol, which sets out an orderly and gradual phasedown of high GWP HFC products.

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