A-Gas has announced the UK launch of Honeywell’s new Low GWP refrigerant Solstice™yf into the automotive aftermarket. Solstice™yf has been designed as a low GWP solution for the changing requirements in legislation, facing the automotive industry.

The European directive 2006/40/EC, which went into effect in 2011, requires that all new car platforms for sale in Europe use a refrigerant in its air conditioning system with a GWP below 150.

From January 1st 2017, all new cars within the European Union will need to meet this requirement. The phase-out of high GWP refrigerants will affect the entire automotive industry, from manufacturing to automotive servicing and repair.

Solstice™yf brings a low environmental impact solution to the market and has a GWP of 4 which is 99.7% lower than R134a.

With cooling capacity equivalent to HFC-134a, a Solstice™yf offers comparable performance in all climates whilst reducing the carbon footprint. The operating characteristics of Solstice™yf are similar to R134a, which repair technicians are already familiar with.

Solstice™yf has low flammability, low toxicity and is noncorrosive and is available through A-Gas distributors.