EPEE (European Partnership for Energy and the environment) has published an elaborate Position Paper giving its position on the Revision of the F-Gas Regulation.
ARAP’s (The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy) has published a new brochure entitled "Industry's Actions to Responsibly Meet Society's Needs: Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Thermal Insulation and Other Applications.”
A US EPA Presentation at the 2012 Workshop for SF6 Emission Reduction Strategies shows the success of Voluntary Emission Reduction Initiatives to reduce the emissions of high GWP fluorinated greenhouse gases (FGHG), including SF6 from EPS (Electric Power systems) and also of PFCs from the Semiconductors industry.
According to the 2011 AGGI (Annual Greenhouse Gas Index) greenhouse gases inventory, over the last 32 years, the overall growth of their total climate impact has been steady at a constant 0.034W/m2/year (99.6% certain). At this rate, by the end of this century, the climate impact will have doubled.
An HFC-based refrigeration system has been chosen for the recent London 2012 Olympics Main Stadium, a decision in line with the recommendation by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, allowing HFCs to be used when safe, technically feasible, cost effective, energy efficient and more environmentally acceptable alternatives do not exist.
In an academic study that evaluated experimentally both the direct and indirect contributions to global warming, a CO2 refrigeration unit has been shown to have a larger TEWI than a commercial HFC-134a.
Most refrigeration and air conditioning accidents are due to equipment failures or human errors. These factors reinforce the fact that for each refrigerant, and particularly those with dangerous properties, accidents must be minimized by high technical standards, good maintenance of installations and adequate training.
A recent article on future HFC emissions addresses including HFCs within the Montreal Protocol scope, in order to preserve the climate benefit of the ODS (Ozone depletion Substances) phase-out.
Following an energy audit to improve the energy efficiency for the replacement of the existing HCFC-22 refrigeration system, a German chocolate producer has decided on an optimized HFC-134a based concept.
According to the recently released 2010 France refrigerants survey – published by Mines ParisTech/Armines/ERIE for the French ADEME Agency (Inventaires des Emissions des fluides frigorigènes - FRANCE – Année 2010) - the French total demand for refrigerants was 10,224 tonnes in 2010, of which 80 % HFCs (mainly HFC-134a and R-404A), 15 % HCFCs (practically only HFCF-22) and 5 % ammonia and CO2.