The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) encourages Parties to the Montreal Protocol to move forward with a constructive dialogue to achieve an agreement for a global cap and reduction for HFC consumption on a GWP-weighted basis, building on the discussions in Paris in July 2014 at the 34th Open-ended Working Group of two proposals for an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to reduce the production and consumption.
Following advice to replace R-404A because of its high GWP of 3,922, newly developed non flammable HFO blends R-450A (HFC-134a / HFO-1234ze(E), 42/58 weight %, GWP around 600) and R-452A (HFC-32/HFC-125/HFO-123yf, 11/59/30 weight %, GWP 2,140) have been introduced and tested.
According to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases 2013 the trend of F-Gases put on the EU market shows a further decline, for the third consecutive year since 2010.
EFCTC presents its updated log book to download, which has been designed for operators of equipment containing F-gases, in order to comply with Art. 6 of the 2014 F-Gas Regulation requirements on record keeping.
ENERG-ICE, an EU co-funded Energy efficiency project proposing an innovative polyurethane foaming technology for appliances insulation, using notably an HFO blowing agent, was selected as one of the six "Best of the Best" Environment and Information projects 2013.
EFCTC welcomes the way the article "Paris via "Montreal in the edition of September 20th, 2014 brings the debate on the role of fluorocarbons in climate change to wider audience. EFCTC strongly supports the inclusion of HFCs and other F-gases in the Montreal Protocol as a means of limiting their climate impact but we feel that there are some issues that need to be clarified.