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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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02 April 2020 News

US INSULATED PANEL MANUFACTURER CONVERTS ALL FACILITIES TO HFO BLOWING AGENT

The largest US manufacture of cam-lock insulated panels, used for the manufacture of a range of products including walk-in coolers and freezers, has converted all its panel manufacturing facilities to...
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01 April 2020 News

IN BRIEF: TRANSPORT OF NATURALLY OCCURRING TRIFLUOROACETIC ACID (TFA) BY SEA SALT AEROSOL

The concentrations of trifluoroacetic acid and its salts (TFA) observed in air and rain at a time (1990s) when the introduction of TFA into the atmosphere, either directly or through decomposition of...
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05 March 2020 News

AVERAGE GWP CONTINUES TO FALL AS HFOs AND HFC-32 CONSUMPTION INCREASES IN 2018

The steep reduction in the F-gas HFC cap in 2018 (about 40 % less than for 2017) and the increasing adoption of lower GWP HFCs, HFC/HFO blends and ultra-low HFO/HCFOs has resulted in the largest annua...
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04 March 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE UNDERMINES BUT DOES NOT NEGATE THE F-GAS REGULATION

Even though illegal imports are considered to be significant in 2018, the F-gas Regulation is transforming the market. The transition to lower GWP applications in the EU is occurring in an efficient m...
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03 March 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP March 2020

In this round-up: EFCTC position paper on enforcing the F-gas regulation; OLAF conference; the 4th F-gas consultation forum; EIA analysis of 2018 illegal imports; seizures and enforcement; and OzonAct...
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02 March 2020 News

EFCTC POSITION PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES: HFCs AND HFOs A DISTINCT SUBSET

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFASs”) covers a broad range of substances that have in common that they contain at least one perfluoralkyl moiety . Some subsets of PFASs have very persiste...
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01 March 2020 News

IN BRIEF: CONTRASTING HFC-23 EMISSIONS IN THE EU AND GLOBALLY

Globally, HFC-23 emissions calculated from atmospheric measurements are historically at their highest level in 2018, in contrast to reported emissions as by-product primarily from HCFC-22 production w...
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29 February 2020 News

NEW ON OUR SITE/LINKS/LIBRARY – MARCH 2020

Revised and updated Learn Abouts for - Selecting and Using GWP values for Refrigerants; HCFOs,HBFOs, Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change; and HFCs and the ozone layer. Updated spreadsheet for Refr...
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27 January 2020 News

EUROPEAN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES LOW GWP HFC-152A METERED DOSE INHALER (MDI)

The first pharmaceutical company to announce a low GWP HFC-152a metered dose inhaler (MDI) plans to introduce it by the end of 2025. HFC-152a will reduce the carbon footprint of the MDI by 90% to a le...
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