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27 April 2019 News

IN BRIEF CHILLERS – UNDERSTANDING METRICS FOR TOTAL EMISSIONS

The total greenhouse gas emissions due to the operation of a chiller are the direct emissions of refrigerant and the indirect emissions due to energy use. The switch to lower GWP refrigerants for chil...
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26 April 2019 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG MAY 2019

New Publication EFCTC has published a one page leaflet on Illegal Imports of HFCs Find it here: https://www.fluorocarbons.org/home/the-broad-impact-of-illegal-hfc-imports-on-the-f-gas-regulation Ki...
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28 March 2019 News

2018 SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF OZONE DEPLETION UPDATE ON TFA

There is increased confidence that trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) produced from degradation of HFCs, HCFCs, and HFOs will not harm the environment over the next few decades. This assessment is based on th...
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27 March 2019 News

HFO INSULATION SPRAY FOAM SELECTED AS BEST GREEN BUILDING PRODUCT

An HFO insulation spray foam has been selected as the best green building product at the 2019 International Builders’ Show in the USA. As well as a non-flammable blowing agent with GWP 1 and thermal...
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26 March 2019 News

HFC-32 HYBRID VRF HEAT PUMP AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WINS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Introduced in 2018 (see EFCTC Newsletter No159 July-August 2018) the Hybrid VRF has been awarded the Low Carbon Initiative prize at the Edie Sustainability Awards. It combines variable refrigerant flo...
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25 March 2019 News

EUROPEAN COMPANY AWARDED MOST SERVICE FRIENDLY PRODUCT FOR HFO-1234YF MOBILE AC SERVICING SYSTEM

The use of 2 fluorocarbon refrigerants for vehicle mobile air-conditioning has the potential to lead to cross contamination of R-134a or R-1234yf. Almost 100% of new passenger cars sold in the EU use...
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24 March 2019 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP

EFCTC Sponsors Illegal Trade Action Line. In response to rapid emergence of illegal traffic of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs- or refrigerants) across the European Union, and in order to assist the EU and M...
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23 March 2019 News

IN BRIEF EIGHTY YEARS OLD INSTRUMENT STILL MONITORING OZONE IN THE ANTARCTIC

Dr Gordon Dobson, a University of Oxford physicist, became interested in measuring ozone in the stratosphere in the 1920s. His first spectrograph used a photographic plate technique, which was inconve...
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22 March 2019 News

New on fluorocarbons.org April 2019

EFCTC Press Release: European Fluorocarbon Producers Sponsor Illegal Trade Action Line Log-book: The new Log-book is now available in several EU languages: English/DE/FR/ES/IT/PT/NL NEW...
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25 February 2019 News

NEW MANAGER FOR EUROPEAN FLUOROCARBONS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE (EFCTC) AND EUROPEAN CHLORINATED SOLVENTS ASSOCIATION (ECSA) SECTOR GROUPS

This month Angelica Candido started at Euro Chlor as Cefic Sector Group Manager for the ECSA and EFCTC Sector Groups. Previously she worked as a toxicologist for Penman Consulting, where she managed...
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21 February 2019 News

EFCTC COMMENT ON THE F-GAS CHALLENGES TO ACHIEVE MARKET INTEGRITY

In our 2018 year-end review we noted three challenges for the HFC sector under the F-Gas Regulation - illegal imports, market bans for high GWP refrigerants and supporting recycling and destruction to...
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20 February 2019 News

R-410A REPLACEMENTS OPTIONS VARY BY APPLICATION FOR AIR-CONDITIONING

R-32, a mildly flammable (A2L) lower GWP refrigerant, is widely used in the EU and Asia as an alternative to R-410A for residential and commercial air-conditioning ranges. However, other lower GWP mil...
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19 February 2019 News

FREE COOLING REDUCES ENERGY CONSUMPTION FOR R-32 CHILLER

Free cooling can eliminate the requirement for mechanical cooling when ambient conditions allow. For some systems mechanical pumping of the refrigerant or fluid is still required to achieve the coolin...
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18 February 2019 News

HEAT PUMP TUMBLE DRYER USES LOWER GWP R-450A TO REPLACE R-134A

Non-flammable R-134a is widely used for heat pump tumble dryers providing reduced energy consumption of up to 50% compared to condenser dryers. A dryer manufacturer is replacing R-134a with non-flamma...
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17 February 2019 News

IN BRIEF DETECTION OF SHORT ATMOSPHERIC LIFETIME REFRIGERANT GASES

Now that HFOs are becoming more widely used in the EU, very low atmospheric concentrations (typically below 1 ppt parts per trillion) can be detected . Background concentrations at end of 2017 for 3 H...
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16 February 2019 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG – MARCH 2019

REVISED AND UPDATED WEBPAGES: The Applications for HFCs and HFOs (including HCFOs) are being updated to take account of the increasing use of lower GWP fluorocarbon refrigerants. See : Application...
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31 January 2019 News

EFCTC COMMENT ON THE INCREASING USE OF HFOs AND HCFOs

The EEA Report on Fluorinated greenhouse gases in 2018 shows that the use of very low GWP HFOs and HCFOs has significantly increased over the 3 years to the end of 2017. These substances were develope...
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30 January 2019 News

AVERAGE GWP CONTINUES TO FALL AND EU HFC EMISSIONS DECREASE

The average GWP of HFCs/HFOs placed on the EU market has decreased by about 23% since the phase-out of HCFCs at the end 2009 and has fallen every year since then, with a steeper decline following the...
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29 January 2019 News

SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF OZONE DEPLETION: 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ON HFCs

The Assessment documents the advances in scientific understanding regarding protection of the stratospheric ozone layer and climate from the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (O...
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28 January 2019 News

THE EMISSIONS GAP REPORT 2018 (UNEP)

Global greenhouse gas emissions show no signs of peaking. Global CO2 emissions from energy and industry increased in 2017, following a three-year period of stabilization. Total annual greenhouse gases...
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27 January 2019 News

IN BRIEF 2018 OZONE HOLE

The 2018 WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion, has confirmed that the ozone “hole” is beginning to close as a result of measures taken under the Montreal Protocol to phase-out ozone d...
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26 January 2019 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG FEBRUARY 2019

F-Gas Reference Manual 2nd Edition: Newly revised and updated with comprehensive index, the second edition of the F-Gas Reference Manual can be obtained via this link. The manual is written to support...
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10 December 2018 News

BRIEF REVIEW OF POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS RELATING TO FLUOROCARBONS IN 2018

Everyone is busy at this time of year, so instead of a regular newsletter here is EFCTC’s selection of 7 positive developments relating to fluorocarbons during 2018: The confirmation by the 2018...
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09 December 2018 News

3 CHALLENGES FOR 2019 TO ENSURE THE F-GAS REGULATION IS EFFECTIVE

by: Maintaining a focus on illegal imports of HFCs by the authorities and industry, as a whole, as such refrigerants pose a reliability and safety hazard but also put at risk the achievement of the...
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