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26 January 2020 News

HCFO-1233zd(E) CHILLERS RECEIVE ENVIRONMENT AWARDS AROUND THE WORLD

The HFOs and HCFOs are becoming the refrigerants of choice for large chillers due to their ultra-low GWPs, energy efficiency, and low or non-flammability. HCFO-1233zd(E) centrifugal chillers from 3 di...
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25 January 2020 News

HFO-1234ze(E) ROOM AIR-CONDITIONER A FINALIST FOR GLOBAL COOLING PRIZE

The use of HFO-1234ze(E) refrigerant, with an ultra-low GWP ( minus 1 ) is proposed based on the criteria of the Global Cooling Prize. Compared to HFC-32 (b pt -52°C), which is widely used for room a...
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24 January 2020 News

R-134a and R-452A ELECTRIC REFRIGERATION UNITS WIN EUROPEAN TRANSPORT AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY 2020

Full electric refrigeration units for medium size vans and trucks using non-flammable HFC-134a or the HFC/HFO refrigerant R-452A received the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2020. When us...
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23 January 2020 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP – FEBRUARY 2020

In this round-up: EFCTC seminar to raise the awareness of the financial community on illegal trade in HFCs; the challenge for SMEs; Italian fines for breaches of the F-Gas Regulation announced; and se...
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22 January 2020 News

IN BRIEF: globalFACT WEBSITE FOR A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON HFCs AND HFOs

The EU is setting the standard for the phase-down of HFCs, moving more rapidly than required by the Kigali Amendment (see EEA 2019 Emissions and supply of fluorinated greenhouse gases in Europe), lead...
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21 January 2020 News

NEW ON FLUOROCARBONS.ORG FEBRUARY

LINKS/LIBRARY Revised and updated web page for Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs) including the announced use of HFC-152a, comparison of carbon footprints for MDIs and DPIs and the contribution to glob...
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16 December 2019 News

BRIEF REVIEW OF POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS RELATING TO FLUOROCARBONS IN 2019 …and CHALLENGES FOR 2020

Everyone is busy at this time of year, so instead of a regular newsletter here is EFCTC’s brief review of the 3 challenges identified for 2019, 7 positive developments relating to fluorocarbons duri...
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12 November 2019 News

LOW GWP R-454A & 454C A2L REFRIGERANTS DELIVER FOR SUPERMARKET CHAINS

The adoption of low GWP A2L refrigerants for commercial refrigeration must deliver on safety, energy consumption and cost effectiveness in comparison to other low GWP solutions. R-454A and R-454C are...
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11 November 2019 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP – NOVEMBER 2019

In this round-up, Action Line activities; “so-called returnable cylinders” on sales platforms; F-Gas Roundtable discussions; the EFCTC decision tree for customs and enforcement agencies is availab...
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10 November 2019 News

R-449A USED FOR FOOD PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS TO FUTURE-PROOF SYSTEMS

The imminent restrictions on use refrigerants with a GWP above 2500, and the requirement in some applications for non-flammable lower GWP refrigerants, has resulted in the selection for food process a...
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09 November 2019 News

ENERGY EFFICIENCY MUST IMPROVE IN PARALLEL WITH HFC PHASE-DOWN

The new UNEP report Lessons from a decade of emissions gap assessments states that despite a decade of increasing political and societal focus on climate change and the milestone Paris Agreement, glob...
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08 November 2019 News

IN BRIEF: CONTRIBUTION OF HFCS AND HFOS ATMOSPHERIC BREAKDOWN PRODUCTS TO ACIDIFICATION (“ACID RAIN”) IN THE EU AT PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE

While hydrogen fluoride (HF) and hydrogen chloride (HCl) are not considered main air-pollutants in the EU, they have the potential to contribute to acidification. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), hydrofluor...
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07 November 2019 News

New on fluorocarbons.org November 2019

EFCTC RESPONSE TO RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT HFO-1234yf: In addition to the October Newsletter item (here) shorter position papers are available on our website here - EFCTC Response to recent Article...
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30 September 2019 News

EFCTC RESPONSE TO RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT HFO-1234yf

EFCTC has, through its newsletter and website(1), already commented in the past on all the points raised in recent articles “Refrigerant R1234yf again in criticism(2)” and an article about HFOs in...
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29 September 2019 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP OCTOBER 2019

In this round-up, a summary of EFCTC actions and initiatives, seizures of illegal HFCs and disposables and new UK guidance on refillable containers. EFCTC activities to combat illegal trade in HFCs ha...
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28 September 2019 News

HFO-1234yf HEAT PUMP FOR ELECTRIC CARS EXTENDS RANGE BY UP TO 20%

Almost 100% of new passenger cars sold in the EU use HFO-1234yf as refrigerant to provide air-conditioning. For electric vehicles, there is no combustion engine waste heat for heating which may be pro...
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27 September 2019 News

TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION RECENT DEVELOPMENTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Transport refrigeration in the EU has already implemented measures to reduce refrigerant emissions, through the use of R-513A and R-452A as lower GWP replacements for R-134a and R-404A. Companies are...
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26 September 2019 News

IN BRIEF 2019 OZONE HOLE

Chemical reactions in the stratosphere involving chlorine and bromine from ozone depleting substances cause ozone in the southern polar region to be destroyed. This depleted region is known as the “...
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04 September 2019 News

ILLEGAL TRADE ROUND-UP September 2019

The efforts by industry groups, compliance officials and NGOs are ensuring the scale and urgency of illegal trade in HFCs is now widely recognised and there is now a much better understanding of the m...
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01 September 2019 News

R-410A STILL HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY DURING HFC PHASE-DOWN

While R-32 is replacing R-410A in a range of air-conditioning and heat pump applications, R-410A still has an important role to play during the F-Gas phase-down of HFCs for some applications due to it...
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28 August 2019 News

RECLAIMED R-410A USED IN NEW AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Equipment manufacturer saves, in one year, 154 tonnes of R-410A by using recovered R-410A from operating installations, reclaiming it to the same quality as virgin R-410A and mixing it with virgin R-4...
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27 August 2019 News

IN BRIEF: DIRECT AND INDIRECT GWPS FOR VERY LOW GWP SUBSTANCES

In simple terms, direct GWPs are the warming effect of emitting 1 kg of a substance compared to 1 kg of CO2 over a specific time period usually 100 years. Substances with very short atmospheric lifeti...
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