FRANCE: UNEP OzonAction’s refrigerant identifier app, WhatGas?, has been updated and improved.
The WhatGas? application is an information and identification tool for refrigerant gases: ozone depleting substances (ODS), HFCs and other alternatives.
It is available in English, French and Spanish, and provides a wealth of useful information about refrigerants through a variety of search methods. By entering partial information or browsing the database, the application provides quick reference information on many aspects of the chemical in question. This includes the chemical name and formula, type of chemical, common trade names, various chemical and commodity identifiers (CAS numbers, ASHRAE designations, HS codes, UN numbers, etc). Other useful information includes such characteristics as flammability and other hazards, ODP and GWPs, and if the chemical is controlled under the Montreal Protocol.
The app includes both pure substances and the newest refrigerant mixtures (with ASHRAE approved refrigerant designations) and values for ‘actual GWP’ and ‘Kigali Amendment context GWP’ for pure substances and mixtures.
It uses standard ODP values and GWP values as specified in the text of the Montreal Protocol; other values from the recent reports from the Montreal Protocol technology and scientific expert panels as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are indicated when appropriate, with references to sources of all values used.
It is intended to provide a number of stakeholders, including Montreal Protocol national ozone officers, customs officers, and refrigeration and air conditioning technicians with an easy-to-use reference tool.
The updated WhatGas? app is currently available only on Android from the Google Play store. An update for the iPhone will be added shortly.
The desktop application is also available online on the OzonAction website here.