UNEP Technical brief on refrigerant cylinder labelling 2021

UNEP Technical brief on refrigerant cylinder labelling 2021

17 March 2021

The Montreal Protocol on Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer is phasing out ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and has begun phasing down high global warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are mainly used as refrigerants. Gradually, these controlled substances are being replaced by ozone- and climate-friendly refrigerants, some of which are flammable, toxic or operate at high pressures.

Refrigerants are contained in different types of cylinders such as small cans or ISO containers, transport or recovery cylinders, refillable or non-refillable cylinders etc.

Labelling of refrigerant cylinders is needed to provide information about the cylinders and their contents, to allow easy identification of refrigerants and to ensure their safe and proper handling.

UNEP published a technical brief and encourages Governments and National Ozone Officers to establish or amend national legislation requiring mandatory labelling of refrigerant cylinders and explains what information should be included in refrigerant cylinder labelling.

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Acknowledgements: The technical brief was produced as part of the activities of the Montreal Protocol Network for Europe and Central Asia (ECA network)