Singapore approves R32 in multi-splits

Singapore-R32-SafetySINGAPORE: Authorities in Singapore have approved the use of the lower GWP “mildly flammable” refrigerant R32 in multi-split air conditioning systems.

R32, a single component A2L refrigerant with a GWP of 675, is being adopted by most major air conditioning manufacturers in smaller equipment as an alternative to R410A.

Singapore, which has banned the use of flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants, approved the use of R32 in single-split air conditioning systems last year. The latest communication from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) now permits the use of R32 in new multi-split systems specifically designed for the new refrigerant.



In a circular to industry announcing the move, Capt Matthew Goh of the SCDF’s hazmat department said the decision had been made after seeking clarity on the fire risks, safety standards and the safety control measures on the operations, servicing and disposal of such multi-split air conditioning systems.

“After careful consideration, SCDF is prepared to allow the usage of R32 refrigerant in both single- and multi-split air conditioning systems, subject to the relevant parties, including but not limited to the manufacturer and his approved suppliers, complying with SCDF’s requirements,” the statement says.

The full statement can be found here.

Related stories:

Singapore gives go-ahead for R32



Latest news from the world of air conditioning and refrigeration

UK News

1st December, 2016


Stonegrove appoints Gowing

UK: Industrial refrigeration contractor Stonegrove Refrigeration has appointed Steve Gowing as design and project engineer.

1st December, 2016


Javac achieves Climate Center double

UK: Javac UK, the refrigerant recovery and vacuum pump supplier, has been named as Climate Centers’ Supplier of the Year for the second year running.

28th November, 2016


Ruskin renamed Swegon Air Management

UK: Ruskin Air Management has been renamed Swegon Air Management following its acquisition by the Swedish manufacturer Swegon.

25th November, 2016


SWEP to close Swiss plant

SWEDEN: Heat exchanger manufacturer SWEP is to close its manufacturing plant in Tentlingen, Switzerland, moving production to factories in Slovakia and Sweden.

World News

3rd December, 2016


Daikin Plzen plant is BES 6001 certified

BELGIUM: Daikin Europe’s factory in the Czech Republic has joined the group’s factory in Ostend by becoming certified to the BRE’s responsible sourcing standard.

3rd December, 2016


AHRI rises to chairman’s challenge

USA: Parker Hannifin and Daikin were the big winners in a unique competition designed to raise the level of awareness of the HVACR industry both in school and government.

3rd December, 2016


Beijer Ref merges Danish businesses

DENMARK: Refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref has merged two of its Danish companies to form Aircon Teknik A/S.

2nd December, 2016


Luvata HTS merged into Modine coil division

USA: The Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions business is to be amalgamated with Modine Coils into a new Modine Commercial and Industrial Solutions division.

Leave A Comment