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06 July 2020 News

Cefic: Our Industry’s Response To COVID-19

Watch the Covestro Home Office Talks on our “How Chemistry responds to COVID-19”at our industry’s response to COVID-19. EFCTC is a sector group of Cefic....
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05 July 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP JULY-AUGUST 2020

In this round-up: EFCTC and Oxera report illegal refrigerant imports could be as much as one third of EU market in 2018; German draft law will help combat illegal trade; OLAF Director explains illega...
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04 July 2020 News

EU REPORTS DECREASING HFC EMISSIONS FOR FOURTH YEAR

The EU publishes annually its official inventory of greenhouse gas emissions as required under the UNFCCC. For the 4 years since 2014, reported HFC emissions have decreased each year and, also decre...
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03 July 2020 News

2019: HFCs CONTRIBUTE 1.08% TO CLIMATE WARMING INFLUENCE OF GREENHOUSE GASES

The US NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has released its 2019 update of the AGGI (Annual Greenhouse Gas Index), which follows the evolution of the radiative forcing (ability of...
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02 July 2020 News

THE OZONE DEPLETION POTENTIAL DEFINITION AND VERY SHORT- LIVED SUBSTANCES (CF3I And HCFOs)

The ozone depletion potential (ODP) concept was initially developed to measure the potential impact of long‐lived gases, those with multi-year atmosphere lifetimes, on stratospheric ozone. For very...
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01 July 2020 News

RECENT PAPER ON ICE CORE RECORDS MAY SUPPORT NATURAL TRANSPORT CYCLE FOR TRIFLUOROACETIC ACID

rifluoroacetic acid (TFA) is a naturally occurring substance and a ubiquitous component of the hydrosphere. It is found in fog snow and rain at levels in the 1990s that could not be explained by the k...
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30 June 2020 News

IN BRIEF: EMISSIONS OF INDIRECT GREENHOUSE GASES HAVE TO BE REPORTED TO UNFCCC

The EU publishes annually its official inventory of greenhouse gas emissions as required under the UNFCCC. As part of this submission, emissions of CO, NOx, NMVOC (non-methane volatile organic chemi...
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02 June 2020 News

Cefic: Our Industry’s Response To COVID-19

See how the chemical industry has been fighting the crisis. Across Europe, Cefic members have been collectively taking action in the fight against COVID-19. Our industry’s response to COVID-19′, s...
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01 June 2020 News

EFCTC COMMENT ON RECENT PAPER “Ice Core Record Of Persistent Shortchain Fluorinated Alkyl Acids: Evidence Of The Impact From Global Environmental Regulations”.

EFCTC welcomes the informative paper reporting on ice core record of persistent shortchain fluorinated alkyl acids (scPFCAs). It adds to the extensive academic papers and reviews about environmental e...
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31 May 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP JUNE 2020

In this round-up: EFCTC explains the aims of the illegal trade information hub website https://stopillegalcooling.eu/; Le Monde reports on the effects of illegal trade; and illegal HFCs seized by Bulg...
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30 May 2020 News

MDIs IMPORTANT FOR SOME PATIENTS INFECTED WITH COVID-19 VIRUS

Nebulizer treatment with bronchodilators for patients with COVID-19 may not be safe due to the generation of aerosols with the risk that droplets will remain in the air. For this reason, delivery of t...
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29 May 2020 News

R-455A USED IN PREFERENCE TO PROPANE IN CATERING REFRIGERATED DISPLAY CASES

An Italian manufacturer of plug-in (hermetic) refrigerated display cases is using mildly flammable A2L refrigerant R-455A (GWP 148 F-gas value) in its new equipment range as it provides a good match t...
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28 May 2020 News

IN BRIEF: WHAT ARE CRIEGEE INTERMEDIATES AND HOW DO THEY REACT WITH TFA IN THE ATMOSPHERE?

Until recently, atmospheric models for trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) incorporated surface deposition and rain-out as the main loss processes. This is because TFA reacts only slowly with hydroxyl radica...
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27 May 2020 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG June 2020

World Refrigeration Day to Recognize Cold Chain: The theme chosen for World Refrigeration Day (26th June) in 2020 celebrates the importance of the food cold chain in sustaining life. The cold chain l...
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05 May 2020 News

Cefic COVID-19 Helpdesk

Cefic Launches COVID-19 Helpdesk. EFCTC, a sector group, supports Cefic in its set up of a COVID-19 Helpdesk which outlines Cefic contact points for experts on various impacted areas. Cefic’s dedica...
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03 May 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP MAY 2020

In this round-up: Investigative study, commissioned by EFCTC, reveals how illegal imports of HFCs continue to enter EU; EFCTC ramps up efforts to stop illegal trade, with new dedicated website. Find...
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02 May 2020 News

A2L REFRIGERANT SENSOR AND DETECTOR PERFORMANCE PROJECT PHASE I REPORT PUBLISHED

Major refrigerating system safety standards require refrigerant sensors for A2L refrigerants to meet the required response times. IEC 60335-2-40 Edition 6.0 requires the sensor to make an output (mean...
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01 May 2020 News

CONTRASTING THIS SEASONS ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC OZONE LEVELS

The Antarctic 2019 ozone “hole” was one of the smallest since the early 1980s. In contrast the ozone “depletion” over the Arctic this spring reached a record low in March. While such low level...
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30 April 2020 News

IN BRIEF: WHY HFOS/HCFOS ARE DESIGNED TO BREAK DOWN RAPIDLY IN THE ATMOSPHERE

HFOs have C=C double bonds; the hydroxyl radical (OH) is the primary reactive agent in the atmosphere, reaction of OH radicals with C=C double bonds is very rapid; compared to a similar HFC the reacti...
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29 April 2020 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG MAY 2020

NEW KROLL FINDINGS REVEAL HOW ILLEGAL IMPORTS OF HFCs CONTINUE TO ENTER EU Brussels, 15 April 2020 – New findings from corporate investigations firm Kroll provide evidence on how large quantities o...
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06 April 2020 News

EU CHEMICAL INDUSTRY OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP KEEP CRITICAL SUPPLY CHAINS RUNNING

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, EFCTC, a sector group, supports Cefic’s main priority is to work with relevant EU and Member State authorities to ensure essential substances can be moved swiftly ac...
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05 April 2020 News

F-GAS REVIEW IN LINE WITH THE CLIMATE LAW

Following the publication of the proposal for a European Climate Law, the European Commission has confirmed that the F-gas review will be undertaken in line with the climate law and is planning a re...
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04 April 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP APRIL 2020

In this round-up: EFCTC press release on EU’s industrial strategy and proposed enforcement actions; Commission states it was keeping a focus on implementation including tackling illegal trade; the E...
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03 April 2020 News

FREE COOLING CHILLER CONTRIBUTES TO EU DATA CENTRE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A range of awarding winning R-410A precision data centre chillers has been extended to provide economies of scale for large data centre operators. When combined with a free cooling chiller, it can...
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