World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom

Products

Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology

Features

General articles, applications and industry analysis

F-gas phase-down is huge challenge – DuPont

JosephMartinkoGERMANY: The enormity of the challenge facing the European acr industry in reducing the use of HFCs was highlighted by DuPont at yesterday’s Chillventa exhibition in Nuremberg.

Speaking at a specially convened press meeting, Joseph Martinko, DuPont’s Opteon global business and market manager, praised the EU for taking a leadership role in reducing its CO2 contribution with the recent passage of the new F-gas regulations, but added “Moving away from HFCs will be another incredible challenge, considering how extensively they are used in today’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.”

He revealed that currently, the total global supply of HFCs is around half a million metric tonnes. with the European Union accounting for over 80,000 metric tonnes of HFCs for all applications, or around 170 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Of that figure, 75% is accounted for by air conditioning and refrigeration.

“This pervasive use of HFCs illustrates the magnitude of the challenge facing the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to transition away from HFCs,” he said. “Still, there isn’t any doubt that a transition will be required, both by regulations now in place and regulations under development.”

The problem is made harder by Europe’s huge use of the high GWP refrigerant R404A.

“The new F-Gas regulation recognises that the commercial refrigeration market has a large CO2 footprint,” said Martinko. “This is largely because its mainstay HFC is R404A, which has one of the highest GWPs of the common HFCs. In fact, the EU commercial refrigeration market has the largest R404A demand in the world – even larger than that of the US.

Latest News

20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.
20th February 2024

Carrier Germany increases heat pump training

GERMANY: Carrier Germany is offering new hydraulics training courses  at its training centre on the IKKE campus in Duisburg to support the growing demand for heat pump expertise. 
20th February 2024

Oceanair acquired by builders’ merchant MKM

UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor Oceanair UK has been acquired by MKM, the independent builders’ merchant.
20th February 2024

Carrier to build factory and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA: Carrier is to build an advanced manufacturing and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia in a partnership with Alat, a new Riyadh-based public investment fund company.
19th February 2024

BDN offers high level monitoring

IRELAND: The first installation of Bitzer’s Digital Network (BDN) in Ireland is providing high-level monitoring, system diagnostics and optimisation for an award-winning deli food specialist.
19th February 2024

Manchester receives heat pump training boost

UK: Daikin UK in partnership with the Green Skills Academy is to deliver the first heat pump training programme for college tutors and staff at nine Greater Manchester colleges.