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10 September 2021 News

IPCC AR6 UPDATED GWP VALUES FOR HFCs and HFOs

IPCC AR6 in - Climate Change 2021, The Physical Science Basis- Chapter 7.SM provides updated GWP values for relevant substances. EFCTC has updated its data tables to include the values from the most...
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10 September 2021 Press Release

EFCTC WEBINAR “F-GASES AS PFAS: WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT WILL COME NEXT?”

EFCTC received a positive response from other associations and downstream users following its webinar on F-gases as PFAS held on 3 September 2021. EFCTC urged the participants to submit a response to...
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10 September 2021 News

EFCTC PRESENTATION ON F-GASES AS PFAS

EFCTC organized a webinar where speakers provided an overview of the REACH Restriction process, explained why the PFAS restriction could have an impact on F-gases, and shared the arguments against the...
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13 August 2021 Press Release

The contribution of HFCs and HFOs to global warming is well characterised irrespective of 100 years versus 20 years GWPs

The 20 year GWPs promoted by Shecco are not something that is new, and are discussed by EFCTC on its website in LEARN ABOUT… Selecting and Using GWP values for Refrigerants. This includes 20 year GW...
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06 July 2021 News

COMING EVENTS 2021/2022

Please note that all events may be subject to change due to the coronavirus outbreak, some have become online events. 2021 SEPTEMBER 30, 2021- 19th annual AFCE symposium- Paris (France) Colloqu...
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06 June 2021 News

EFCTC COMMENT ON UBA REPORT ON FLUORINATED REFRIGERANTS EMISSIONS AND DRINKING WATER QUALITY

The UBA press release “trifluoracetic acid from fluorinated refrigerants contaminates rainwater” provides no information on the levels of TFA in rainwater, the forecast levels due to continued us...
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06 June 2021 News

ATMOSPHERIC BREAKDOWN PRODUCTS OF HFCs AND HFOs- Relevant data omitted from ECOS report

In its briefing, publicised at the May F-gas stakeholders meeting, ECOS discussed the life cycle impact of refrigerants, and specifically, the additional impact of the degradation that refrigerants u...
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06 June 2021 News

2020: HFCs CONTRIBUTE 1.13% TO CLIMATE WARMING INFLUENCE OF GREENHOUSE GASES

The US NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has released its 2020 update of the AGGI (Annual Greenhouse Gas Index), which follows the evolution of the radiative forcing (ability of a...
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06 June 2021 News

NO CREDIBLE LINK BETWEEN ELEVATED ATMOSPHERIC HFC-23 LEVELS AND UPTAKE OF HFO-1234ZE

A recent paper by Hansen has proposed that R-23 is formed as a minor product in yields of 11.0 ± 5.5 % from atmospheric photolysis of trifluoroacetaldehyde (CF3CHO) in the troposphere. Trifluoroacet...
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03 June 2021 News

REFRIGERANT DEGRADATION: IS HFC-23 (CF3H) FORMED DUE TO THE DECOMPOSITION OF HFOs AND HCFOs IN THE TROPOSPHERE?

HFOs and HCFOs that contain the CF3CH= group breakdown in the atmosphere to give CF3CHO (trifluoroacetaldehyde) as an intermediate product . The main final breakdown products of HFOs and HCFOs contain...
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30 May 2021 News

REFRIGERANT GWP VALUES: SHOULD MOST RECENT VALUES BE USED FOR THE F-GAS REGULATION?

In its paper, publicized at the 6th May F-gas stakeholders meeting, ECOS discussed how ‘future-proof’ are GWP values. ECOS stated that a problem with environmental policy based on GWP values is th...
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29 May 2021 News

LATEST ON THE F-GAS REVIEW FOLLOWING STAKEHOLDER MEETING

The stakeholder’s meeting on 6th May, organised by Ricardo PLC, Öko-Recherche, Öko-Institut and the European Commission, was an important step in the Commission’s plan to propose changes to the...
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28 May 2021 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP JUNE 2021

In this round-up: The issue of illegal trade was an important theme of the F-gas Regulation stakeholder meeting, with a range of policy options discussed and welcomed in the EFCTC press release; The ...
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27 May 2021 News

IN BRIEF: TRENDS IN HFC-23 BY-PRODUCT EMISSIONS FROM HCFC-22 PRODUCTION

HFC-23 is a by-product from the production of HCFC-22. According to a 2020 paper , global HFC-23 emissions derived from atmospheric measurements were historically at their highest level in 2018, in co...
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26 May 2021 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG JUNE 2021

EFCTC Position Paper Refrigerant Degradation: Is HFC-23 (CF3H) formed due to the decomposition of HFOs and HCFOs in the troposphere? Updated LEARN ABOUT… Selecting and using GWPs for refrigerants...
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29 April 2021 News

LATEST ON THE F-GAS REVIEW

The stakeholder’s meeting on 6th May with the Commission DG Clima and consultant Öko-Recherche, is an important step in the Commission’s plan to propose changes to the F- gas rules by the end of...
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28 April 2021 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP MAY 2021

In this round-up: The United States has expressed concern about the impact of illegal HFCs on the export of lower GWP refrigerants to Europe. According to a recent survey conducted by the EFCTC, 52% o...
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27 April 2021 News

HOW TRIFLUOROACETIC ACID FOUND IN F-GASES ALSO OCCURS NATURALLY AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO MOST PFAS

The UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) in its latest 2021 scientific update includes a comprehensive summary for Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and points out that most PFAS have different...
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26 April 2021 News

NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT R-134A REEFER, R-513A DROP-IN READY

The new fresh or frozen reefer container offers increased power coefficient (energy performance) and reduced environmental impact using lower GWP R-134a (compared to R-452A which is widely used for re...
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25 April 2021 News

IN BRIEF: HOW HFOS HELP KEEP YOU SAFE ON AIRCRAFT

Insecticides are used on board aircraft to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika and dengue via air travel. An aerosol insecticide using the non-flammable propellant HFO-12...
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24 April 2021 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG MAY 2021

Check out our revised and updated TFA as an atmospheric breakdown product page. The Events page is monthly updated. See it here.  Cefic: Check out our industry's response to COVID-19. EFCTC is...
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31 March 2021 News

NEW REPORT ON HFO/TFA ADDS LITTLE TO THE ALREADY DETAILED UNDERSTANDING OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH EFFECTS

The “Report and statement of the downsides of HFO refrigerant usage --Impact of fluorochemical refrigerants and their degradation products on the environment and health” by Refolution Industriekä...
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30 March 2021 News

UK BREWERY REPLACES AMMONIA CHILLERS WITH HFO-1234ZE CHILLERS COMBINING SAFETY, HIGH EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE WITH LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

A UK brewery concluded that replacing its old ammonia system with three large, more efficient 1.4MW HFO-1234ze(E) chillers provided financial and safety benefits. The new chillers were installed in th...
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29 March 2021 News

SPOTLIGHT ON REFRIGERANT RECOVERY, RECLAMATION AND DESTRUCTION

Avoiding refrigerant emissions and reusing refrigerant, where practical, contributes to the circular economy. Data for reclamation in the EU is incomplete as there is no reporting requirement under th...
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