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Sep 23, 2021

Act now on climate change

USA: On World Ozone Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on nations to act now to slow climate change, feed the world’s hungry and protect the planet.

Designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, September 16 commemorates the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

“The Montreal Protocol began life as a mechanism to protect and heal the ozone layer,” writes António Guterres in his 2021 message on the UN website. “It has done its job well over the past three decades. The ozone layer is on the road to recovery. The cooperation we have seen under the Montreal Protocol is exactly what is needed now to take on climate change, an equally existential threat to our societies.

“The Montreal Protocol is more than just an example of how multilateralism can and should work, it is an active tool to help meet our global vision for sustainable development.”

Under the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol, nations have now committed to phase down HFCs, a move which, when fully implemented, could prevent 0.4ºC of global warming this century.

“Furthermore, as we prepare for the Food Systems Summit this month, we are reminded that the Kigali Amendment can also help us to increase food security. By reducing HFCs, increasing energy efficiency and creating more ozone- and climate-friendly technologies, the Kigali Amendment can bring sustainable access to vital cooling services to millions of people,” Guterres adds.

“Such services would reduce food loss in developing countries, where food often spoils before it can reach markets. Getting produce from farmers to where it is needed would help reduce hunger, poverty and the environmental impact of the agricultural sector. Another important benefit of expanding cooling is storage of medicines and vaccines, such as are needed to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment show us that by acting together, anything is possible. So let us act now to slow climate change, feed the world’s hungry and protect the planet that we all depend on.”

USA: On World Ozone Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on nations to act now to slow climate change, feed the world’s hungry and protect the planet.

Designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, September 16 commemorates the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

“The Montreal Protocol began life as a mechanism to protect and heal the ozone layer,” writes António Guterres in his 2021 message on the UN website. “It has done its job well over the past three decades. The ozone layer is on the road to recovery. The cooperation we have seen under the Montreal Protocol is exactly what is needed now to take on climate change, an equally existential threat to our societies.

“The Montreal Protocol is more than just an example of how multilateralism can and should work, it is an active tool to help meet our global vision for sustainable development.”

Under the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol, nations have now committed to phase down HFCs, a move which, when fully implemented, could prevent 0.4ºC of global warming this century.

“Furthermore, as we prepare for the Food Systems Summit this month, we are reminded that the Kigali Amendment can also help us to increase food security. By reducing HFCs, increasing energy efficiency and creating more ozone- and climate-friendly technologies, the Kigali Amendment can bring sustainable access to vital cooling services to millions of people,” Guterres adds.

“Such services would reduce food loss in developing countries, where food often spoils before it can reach markets. Getting produce from farmers to where it is needed would help reduce hunger, poverty and the environmental impact of the agricultural sector. Another important benefit of expanding cooling is storage of medicines and vaccines, such as are needed to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment show us that by acting together, anything is possible. So let us act now to slow climate change, feed the world’s hungry and protect the planet that we all depend on.”

Johnson Controls Selects Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) as Future Refrigerant Solution to Replace R-410A in N

Sep 14, 2021

 

Opteon™ XL41 becomes the Sustainable Refrigerant Option for the Company's Ducted Residential and Commercial HVAC Products and Air-Cooled Scroll Chillers
 

WILMINGTON, Del., May 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemours Company has been selected by Johnson Controls, the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, to provide Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) as the future refrigerant solution for their ducted residential and commercial HVAC products, as well as its air-cooled scroll chiller applications. This decision supports Johnson Controls sustainability goals in transitioning away from the use of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, such as R-410A, reinforcing their commitment to addressing climate change and lowering customers' emissions. Chemours is a recognized leader in providing sustainable, low GWP refrigerant solutions - driving commercial readiness and the adoption of next-generation refrigerants in the HVACR industry.            

Opteon™ XL41 is a low GWP (AR4: 466), non-ozone depleting refrigerant that offers a 78% reduction in GWP while improving energy efficiency and lowering charge size when compared to R-410A. This refrigerant offers manufacturers the ability to achieve their long-term carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction goals and requires minimal design modifications due to its similar operating temperature and pressure to R-410A. Opteon™ XL41 provides the optimal balance of performance, safety and longevity for future air conditioning applications. 

''We are excited to assist Johnson Controls with meeting their customer needs by providing them a next-generation refrigerant solution that offers a lower GWP and improved energy efficiency for their future residential and commercial HVAC applications, as well as its  air-cooled scroll chillers,'' said Alisha Bellezza, President of Thermal & Specialized Solutions at Chemours. ''Chemours is dedicated to partnering with our customers and the broader HVACR community with technologies that help achieve their sustainability goals while minimizing environmental impact to support the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) in the United States.''       

Future regulatory requirements on COemission reduction will stimulate the transition to lower GWP refrigerants. Opteon™ XL41 has the lowest EPA SNAP1 approved GWP for unitary applications of all ASHRAE classified A2L (low-toxicity, mild flammability) refrigerants in the HVAC industry today - much lower than the pending 750 GWP limits being proposed. It is compatible with plastic and elastomer materials and POE oil that will minimize working capital design changes and enable an easier transition from a R-410A platform.

''After evaluating several low-GWP alternatives on a variety of performance and market metrics, such as safety, capacity, efficiency, reliability, availability and longevity, we've determined R-454B, sold by The Chemours Company as Opteon™ XL41, to be the best-in-class low-GWP refrigerant,'' said Katie McGinty, vice president and chief sustainability, government and regulatory affairs officer, Johnson Controls. ''This decision reinforces our continued commitment to developing solutions that help transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play, and advances our goal of helping our customers achieve a 16% reduction in emissions by 2030.''

This decision was made as the HVAC industry is preparing to phase out high-GWP refrigerants, which are now being formally addressed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the recently passed American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act2.

Chemours has been collaborating with industry partners to develop sustainable solutions that provide the performance today demands to achieve the goals of tomorrow. As part of the transition to support the regulatory mandates to phase down HFCs, Chemours will continue to offer cutting-edge technologies, education and ongoing training to value chain partners and the HVACR community.          

Lowest GWP rating of EPA SNAP approved alternatives as of the publishing of this notice.
2 https://www.epa.gov/climate-hfcs-reduction/aim-act

About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company (Chemours or the Company) (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and Chemical Solutions providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration, and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, mining and oil and gas.  Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Nafion™, Krytox™, Teflon™, and Viton™. In 2019, Chemours was named to Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies. The company has approximately 6,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,300 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

For more information, we invite you to visit chemours.com or follow us on Twitter @Chemours or LinkedIn

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The Chemours Company (Chemours) is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions. (PRNewsfoto/The Chemours Company)


Chinese refrigerant prices on the rise

Sep 7, 2021

CHINA: Reports from China reveal a surge in August in the price of commonly used refrigerants such as R134a, R125, and R410A.

The price of R125, in particular, a major component of R410A, hit a record high at the end of August, following an increase of 48% in just a week. This latest rise represented an increase of 70.2% from the beginning of August, and a year-on-year increase of 175%.

A rise in the price of the raw materials are blamed, in particular the price of perchloroethylene, a chemicial critical in the production of both R134a and R125, amongst others. The price of this key raw material is reported to have risen over 100% in August to 15,000/ton ($2,325). This represents an increase of 85% from the beginning of the year, and an increase of over 250% on the same period last year.

The prices of hydrogen fluoride, another key HFC raw material, and trichloroethylene have also seen rises.


The Chemours Company Receives Recognition from Honda Brazil

Aug 27, 2021

Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 19, 2021 – The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials and Chemical Solutions, was among the select companies recognized as the best suppliers of Honda Automóveis Brasil in 2020.

The award takes into account criteria such as quality, delivery, service, costs, performance in the parts division and preservation of the environment, among others.

Chemours was also recognized by Honda Brazil in 2018 in the same category of Excellence in Quality and Delivery for the supply of refrigerant fluid for the air conditioning systems of its cars.
According to Renato Cesquini, Chemours Commercial Manager in Latin America for the Thermal & Specialized Solutions business, this recognition highlights the quality of Chemours products and service.

“Honda is a company of excellence and uses only high-quality products. We are delighted to receive Honda Brazil’s award for Excellence in Quality and Delivery, as it recognizes Chemours’ focus on quality client offerings, as well as our differentiated and personalized service,” he affirmed.

Chemours in the Brazilian automotive sector

Supplying refrigerant fluids to automotive manufacturers in Brazil has allowed Chemours to establish a large presence in the country’s automotive sector, and today, many of the vehicles manufactured in Brazil use Chemours refrigerants in their air conditioning systems.

That commitment to supplying high-quality refrigerants for mobile air conditioning systems extends to Chemours work to help make a better world through responsible chemistry. The company established its 10 goals to achieve by 2030 as part of its Corporate Responsibility Commitment. The goals, which are mapped to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), include having sustainable product offerings, such as the Opteon™ portfolio, that meet market needs and comply with environmental regulations.

According to Cesquini, Chemours is a Honda partner in several countries, including Latin America, and today it supplies Opteon™ YF (R-1234yf) a refrigerant that has a low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone-depletion potential (ODP). The use of  Opteon™ YF demonstrates both companies are in alignment with the United Nations’ commitment to sustainable development.

Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) and XL55 (R-452B) low GWP Refrigerants Selected by G.I. Industrial Holding as

Aug 23, 2021

G.I. Industrial Holding commercially launched Opteon™ XL55 and XL41 compatible equipment ahead of the 2021 F-Gas cap and phase down

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemours Company (Chemours) (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions announced today that G.I. Industrial Holding, a group of leading companies in the comfort and industrial cooling industry present in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, and headquartered in Latisana, Italy, has adopted Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) and Opteon™ XL55 (R-452B) low Global Warming Potential (GWP) hydrofluoroolefins (HFO) refrigerants as the R-410A replacement for their scroll chiller systems. The selection of Opteon™ XL refrigerants by G.I. Industrial Holding has been made in close collaboration with Chemours and Italian distributor Rivoira Refrigerant Gases. This selection demonstrates the commitment of major industry players across the value chain to provide the chiller market with long-term, sustainable solutions ahead of the upcoming 2021 European F-Gas HFC cap and phase down.

The Chemours Company announced today that G.I. Industrial Holding, a group of leading companies in the comfort and industrial cooling industry present in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, and headquartered in Latisana, Italy, has adopted Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) and Opteon™ XL55 (R-452B) low Global Warming Potential (GWP) hydrofluoroolefins (HFO) refrigerants as the R-410A replacement for their screw chiller systems.

Opteon™ XL41 (R-454B) and XL55 (R-452B) are HFO A2L class refrigerants for new equipment with similar capacity and improved energy efficiency compared to R-410A, as well as a close match in compressor discharge temperature. With a 78% reduction in GWP compared to R-410A, Opteon™ XL41 offers the lowest GWP, and correspondingly longer-term solution, to replace R-410A. 

Opteon™ XL55 provides a 65% reduction in GWP vs. R-410A (similar to the reduction in GWP with R-32) but enables faster market implementation due to the fact that it is the closest overall performance match to R-410A, resulting in minimal equipment redesign and cost.

''Our product portfolio is the very first in the HVAC sector to offer a complete range of high-efficiency AC & chiller units with the more sustainable refrigerant R-452B instead of traditional R-410A used in scroll compressors. Along with its 65% lower GWP, similar or better performance vs. R-410A, Ecodesign compliance and compatibility with the full G.I. Industrial Holding product range (liquid chillers, heat pumps and multifunctional units from 50 to 1,220 kW), the use of R-452B combines the key elements of the CLINT and KTK brands philosophy: Respect for the Environment, Efficiency, and Versatility,'' says Enrico Pin, Product Marketing Manager, G.I Industrial Holding. ''Recently, we have also qualified R-454B and released compatible equipment that brings a longer-term solution to the chiller market,'' he added.

''As Chemours long-term partner and key Italian Gas distributor, we are actively engaged in supporting the market readiness of A2L HFO refrigerants by providing customers with technical and commercial support to facilitate the transition to these low GWP refrigerants. The switch from high GWP gases to more sustainable solutions can be a challenging journey for customers and we believe the cooperation of highly professional companies such as Chemours, G.I Industrial and Rivoira can bring success,'' says Alessandro Paschero, Business Manager, Rivoira Refrigerant Gases. ''We are convinced that lower flammable solutions such as Opteon™ XL41 & XL55 will be extensively used in air-conditioning applications in the future, and therefore have invested in a new filling station that can store up to 200,000 kg of A2L refrigerants,'' he added.

Opteon™ low GWP HFO refrigerants are a portfolio of sustainable and versatile refrigerants that meet the long-term needs of the refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump, and chiller markets. They have been developed to help meet increasingly stringent global regulations while maintaining or improving performance compared to the products they replace, as well as encouraging more sustainable refrigerant choices and equipment designs to reduce the carbon footprint of the HVACR industry. Specifically, in Europe, the very low GWP Opteon™ XL refrigerant portfolio supports the market transitions required by the F-Gas Regulation and enables customers to select their optimal solution – considering performance, safety, sustainability, and total cost of ownership.

For more information on Opteon™ refrigerants, please visit opteon.com. For more information on G.I. Industrial Holding, please click here.

About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining, and general industrial manufacturing. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Teflon™, Ti-Pure™, Krytox™, Viton™, Opteon™, Freon™ and Nafion™. Chemours published its first corporate responsibility commitment report in 2018, which highlights goals aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The company has approximately 7,000 employees and 28 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,700 customers in over 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

For more information, we invite you to visit chemours.com or follow us on Twitter @Chemours or LinkedIn.  

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China joins Kigali signees

Jul 6, 2021

China joins Kigali signees

CHINA: In a significant move, China has officially accepted the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants.

China, the world’s largest producer of HFCs, was added to the UN list of 120 countries and the EU to have officially accepted or ratified the Kigali Amendment on June 17. It originally pledged to implement the phase down of HFC production and consumption under the Kigali Amendment during joint meetings with the US on April 16.

Under the agreement, China will reduce HFC use by 80% by 2045 over the 2020-22 baseline.

The countries to have accepted and ratified the Kigali Amendment in date order are:

1. Mali 31/3/17
2. Micronesia 12/5/17
3. Marshall Islands 15/5/17
4. Rwanda 23/5/17
5. Palau 29/8/17
6. Norway 6/9/17
7. Comoros 16/9/17
8. Chile 19/9/17
9. Tuvalu 21/9/17
10. North Korea 21/9/17
11. Australia 27/10/17
12. Canada 3/11/17
13. Maldives 13/11/17
14. UK 14/11/17
15. Finland 14/11/17
16. Germany 14/11/17
17. Laos 16/11/17
18. Luxembourg 16/11/17
19. Slovakia 16/11/17
20. Sweden 17/11/17
21. Trinidad and Tobago 17/11/17
22. Malawi 21/11/17
23. Côte d’Ivoire 29/11/17
24. Ecuador 22/1/18
25. Netherlands 8/2/18
26. Gabon 28/2/18
27. Togo 8/3/18
28. Ireland 12/3/18
29. Benin 19/3/18
30. Samoa 23/3/18
31. France 29/3/18
32. Barbados 19/4/18
33. Vanuatu 20/4/18
34. Niue 24/4/18
35. Bulgaria 1/5/2018
36. Costa Rica 23/5/18
37. Grenada 29/5/18
38. Belgium 4/6/2018
39. Uganda 21/6/18
40. Portugal 17/7/18
41. Lithuania 24/7/18
42. Burkina Faso 26/7/18
43. Latvia 17/8/18
44. Niger 29/8/18
45. Senegal 31/8/18
46. Uruguay 12/9/18
47. Hungary 14/9/18
48. Tonga 17/9/18
49. Mexico 25/9/18
50. European Union 27/9/18
51. Estonia 27/9/18
52. Czech Republic 27/9/18
53. Austria 27/9/18
54. Sri Lanka 28/9/18
55. Panama 28/9/18
56. Greece 5/10/18
57. Guinea-Bissau 22/10/18
58. Kiribati 26/10/18
59. Paraguay 1/11/18
60. Switzerland 9/11/18
61. Denmark 6/12/18
62. Croatia 6/12/18
63. Slovenia 7/12/18
64. Japan 18/12/18
65. Nigeria 20/12/18
66. Poland 7/1/19
67. Albania 18/1/19
68. Andorra 23/1/19
69. Honduras 28/1/19
70. Chad 26/3/19
71. Montenegro 23/4/19
72. Armenia 2/5/19
73. Namibia 16/5/19
74. Cuba 20/6/19
75. Ethiopia 5/7/19
76. Cyprus 22/7/19
77. South Africa 1/8/19
78. Ghana 2/8/18
79. Peru 7/8/19
80. Seychelles 20/8/19
81. Cook Islands 22/8/19
82. Vietnam 27/9/19
83. Bhutan 27/9/19
84. Mauritius 1/10/19
85. New Zealand 3/10/19
86. São Tomé and Príncipe 4/10/19
87. Lesotho 7/10/19
88. Jordan 16/10/19
89. Argentina 22/11/19
90. Somalia 27/11/19
91. Guinea 5/12/19
92. Mozambique 16/1/20
93. Lebanon 5/2/20
94. North Macedonia 12/3/20
95. Bangladesh 8/6/20
96. Sierra Leone 15/6/20
97. Fiji 16/6/20
98. Holy See 17/6/20
99. Romania 1/7/20
100. Liberia 12/7/20
101. Turkmenistan 31/8/20
102. Kyrgyzstan 8/9/20
103. Liechtenstein 16/9/20
104. Botswana 19/9/20
105. Nicaragua 30/9/20
106. Russian Federation 3/10/20
107. Bolivia 9/10/20
108. San Marino 20/10/20
109. Malaysia 21/10/20
110. Cape Verde 28/10/20
111. Angola 16/11/20
112. Eswatini 24/11/20
113. Iceland 25/1/21
114. Colombia 25/2/21
115. Zambia 15/3/21
116. Burundi 26/3/21
117. Syrian Arab Republic 5/4/21
118. Cambodia 8/4/21
119. Dominican Republic 14/4/21
120. Gambia 5/5/21
121. Bosnia and Herzegovina 26/5/21
122. China 17/6/21


R449A selected for Olympic trio

May 21, 2021

CHINA: Three of the venues for next year’s Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be employing R449A, the lower GWP alternative to R404A, in its refrigeration systems.

Chemours says it has achieved a memorandum of understanding with the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre for use of the refrigerant, which is branded by Chemours as Opteon XP40.

All three venues were main venues for 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, and will be hosting hockey and curling ice games during the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To support the mission of being “green, open, inclusive and clean” and to adopt more sustainable solutions, the venues in consultation with equipment suppliers, design engineers and service providers, selected R449A refrigerant to provide reliable performance at the demanding low temperatures required for operating their facilities. 

R449A is a blend of R32, R125, R1234yf and R134a with a GWP of 1397. It is said to closely match the properties and performance of R404A.

The National Aquatics Centre, known as the Water Cube during the 2008 Olympics, has been renamed the Ice Cube for the Winter Olympics. 

“Three ice making units of Ice Cube have been charged with Opteon XP40,” said Yang Qiyong, general manager of Beijing National Aquatics Centre. “This project saves 4% of the charge compared to other refrigerants and saves installation costs. During the test games in 2019 and in April 2021, the ice making units performed well and have guaranteed excellent ice surface temperature.”

After redesign and retrofit, ice making units and systems that are charged with R499A have also been installed in Beijing National Aquatics Centre and Beijing National Indoor Stadium. Wukesong Sports Centre, which was equipped with refrigeration pipes at construction in 2006, changed out their old ice making units. 

In a series of test games that have been held, the ice surface of the three venues are said to have been well received by the participating athletes.


US joins China in Kigali pledge

Apr 28, 2021

US joins China in Kigali pledge

CHINA/USA: The US and China have both committed to implementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and phase down the production and consumption of HFCs.

The announcement, which included long-term commitments to the Paris Agreement, came following meetings between US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese opposite number Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai.

In a joint statement yesterday, the two countries “committed to cooperating” with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis. This, they said, “must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands”. 

They pledged to enhance their respective actions and cooperate in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. They agreed to develop their respective long-term strategies aimed at net zero GHG emissions/carbon neutrality before November’s COP 26 meeting in Glasgow.

In a number of “short term” measures, the two countries also agreed to implement the phase down of HFC production and consumption as reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

The joint US/China statement came just hours after Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged to accept the Kigali Amendment in a video summit with French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Under the Kigali Amendment, countries agree to cut the production and consumption of HFCs by more than 80% over the next 30 years. So far, 118 countries as well as the EU have ratified the document but, amongst the major producers and users, China, the USA and India have, so far, been notable exceptions.


World Refrigeration Day focus on careers

Apr 28, 2021

World Refrigeration Day focus on careers

UK: A series of webinars promoting the refrigeration-related careers available to young people will be a key part of this year’s World Refrigeration Day proceedings on June 26.

The World Refrigeration Day secretariat has announced that it will partner with seven organisations with the aim of inspiring students and those early in their career path to join the more than 15 million people worldwide currently employed in the refrigeration sector.

Organised as part of the day’s 2021 campaign theme Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World, the webinars will take place over two weeks in June.

The campaign partners are UNEP OzonAction, ASHRAE, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), Federation of Ibero-American Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associations (FAIAR), International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), and the Pan-African Union of Associations of African Actors in Refrigeration and air-Conditioning (U-3ARC). 

“Partnering with these organisations enables the refrigeration industry to reach out globally, with particular emphasis on developing countries, to expand the workforce that supports life-giving and society-dependent technologies,” said the WRD’s Steve Gill. “Opportunities within the industry abound for young people with a wide range of career aspirations. Advanced cooling technologies provide them with a profession that improves life in their communities and in the world as a whole.”

Each campaign partner will target career opportunities with webinars in the language common within that network. Special emphasis will be given to sectors that are commonly less known like cold chain, refrigerant management, indoor air-quality, sustainability, heat pumps, and not-in-kind technologies. Gender equality and promoting women in cooling careers will be highlighted in this year’s campaign as well. 

The schedule of webinars and topics will be available in the coming weeks on the World Refrigeration Day website


Chinese refrigerant prices on the rise

Jan 7, 2021

CHINA: After a period of relatively low prices, the cost of refrigerants is again reported to be on the rise in China, the world’s largest producer of HFCs.

Chinese media sources have reported sharp rises in both raw material and HFC refrigerant prices this month. The price of R410A has risen by more than 35% since the beginning of this month. R125, a major component of R410A, has risen by more than 75% and, as of December 16, the average price of refrigerant R134a was up 11% from the beginning of the month.

The increases are said to be due to a combination of increases in the cost of raw materials and increased refrigerant demand. 

The main raw material increases appear to be in the price of dichloromethane, perchloroethylene and chloroform which have risen sharply this month.

Prices of the mineral fluorite, a major raw material, has risen only slightly this month and is still at a lower price than last year. The price of HF (hydrofluoric acid), which is produced from fluorite, has shown a larger rise of around 11% this month, albeit from historical lows mid-year. 

The news comes as the UK and Europe face a further major F-gas step-down in 2021 to 45% of the baseline.

Chinese refrigerant prices on the rise

Jan 7, 2021

CHINA: After a period of relatively low prices, the cost of refrigerants is again reported to be on the rise in China, the world’s largest producer of HFCs.

Chinese media sources have reported sharp rises in both raw material and HFC refrigerant prices this month. The price of R410A has risen by more than 35% since the beginning of this month. R125, a major component of R410A, has risen by more than 75% and, as of December 16, the average price of refrigerant R134a was up 11% from the beginning of the month.

The increases are said to be due to a combination of increases in the cost of raw materials and increased refrigerant demand. 

The main raw material increases appear to be in the price of dichloromethane, perchloroethylene and chloroform which have risen sharply this month.

Prices of the mineral fluorite, a major raw material, has risen only slightly this month and is still at a lower price than last year. The price of HF (hydrofluoric acid), which is produced from fluorite, has shown a larger rise of around 11% this month, albeit from historical lows mid-year. 

The news comes as the UK and Europe face a further major F-gas step-down in 2021 to 45% of the baseline.

California introduces rules to limit HFC refrigerants

Dec 18, 2020

USA: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has introduced new rules to reduce HFC emissions to 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. 

The new rules are the first in the US to enact comprehensive measures to ban many HFCs in new equipment, while also tackling existing emissions and venting of refrigerants. It will affect commercial and industrial, stationary refrigeration units, as well as commercial and residential air conditioning units. 

Starting 2022, supermarkets will be allowed to only purchase systems using refrigerants with a GWP less than 150. Supermarkets will also have to meet benchmarks for reducing their refrigerant footprint in existing stores by more than half in 2030.

The intent of the new rules is to eliminate the use of very high-GWP refrigerants in every sector that uses non-residential refrigeration systems. Compliance begins for most home air conditioning equipment in 2025.

The news comes as new US president Joe Biden seems set to embrace the worldwide Kigali amendment to phase down HFCs.

Prior to 2018, California was the only state that regulated HFCs. Sixteen other states have now passed legislation, based on California’s rules, or are in the process of doing so.

The rules also signal the beginning of the first refrigerant recycling programme to put responsibility for compliance with manufacturers. 

“Until now US policies have only skimmed the surface on these super pollutants,” commented Christina Starr, senior policy analyst with green group the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). “This regulation sets a higher bar for other states and the Biden administration to follow,” she added.

Following the regulation’s approval at this week’s Board hearing, final amendments to accommodate the AC sector change will be subject to a final 15-day notice and comment period before entering into effect early next year.

CARB says it will now move forward immediately with a new rulemaking limiting purchase or use of new high GWP refrigerant, and a partnership with other states and the federal government to design a national programme. California will then work towards 100% refrigerant recovery and recycling.


UK must match EU F-gas changes

Dec 15, 2020

UK: In a raft of new proposals, the UK’s advisory body on climate change has called on the government to match or exceed future changes to European F-gas regulations.

The Sixth Carbon Budget advice report, published this week by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), also calls for a crackdown on non-compliance and an end to sales of refrigerant to untrained members of the public. 

The Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008, advises the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and reports on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new report sets the pathway to net zero and is based on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the committee and its staff.

The CCC highlights a number of priority areas for policy development with regard to the F-gas regulations. 

While the UK has left the European Union, the UK has transferred the current European F-gas regulation into UK law, setting its own independent quota system. Aware that the EU is currently looking to strengthen the F-gas regulation, the CCC has called on the UK government to ensure that any increase in ambition in the European regulation is matched or exceeded by the UK.

It also urges the government to minimise non-compliance, especially in the RACHP sector. Echoing concerns raised by the government’s Environment Audit Committee, the CCC calls for the Environment Agency to be “sufficiently resourced” to carry out adequate inspections.

The CCC proposes that the government should consult with industry and bring forward proposals to ensure that all those who handle refrigerants have up-to-date training. It argues that the current regulatory framework does not require retrospective training for workers trained under previous regulations and allows untrained members of the public to buy R134a and top-up their own car air conditioning units.


Carrier aims for carbon neutrality by 2030

Dec 9, 2020

USA: Refrigeration, air conditioning and heating manufacturer Carrier has announced its aim to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations by 2030.

In its first set of environmental, social and governance goals since becoming an independent company in April, the company says it also aims to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than 1Gt, supported by a planned investment of more than $2bn over the next 10 years toward the development of healthier, safer and more sustainable building and cold chain solutions. 

“At Carrier, we are applying our industry-leading innovation to fight climate change through new energy-efficient product offerings and through lower emissions in our operations,”

“Our 2030 goals will drive our company to be a positive catalyst for societal change in our areas of expertise, including healthy buildings and the cold chain, as well as in the communities in which we operate around the world,” said Carrier president and CEO Dave Gitlin


Cold chain key to global economic recovery

Nov 30, 2020

Re-starting the global economy for billions of people will depend on successfully overcoming logistical challenges in the ‘last mile’ of a COVID-19 vaccine’s journey to immunisation stations, according to a new report. 

Using cargo drones, mobile cold rooms, portable vaccine micro-chillers and other innovative means of delivering temperature sensitive vaccines to remote towns and villages may make the difference between life and death in low-income countries.

Halting the spread of Covid-19 and safely re-connecting countries to international trade will also kick-start the global economy, but this only be possible with an effective rollout of vaccines to the billions of people who need them.

Universal vaccine access is already a major challenge in low-income countries, due to the lack of robust refrigerated cooling networks especially to remote communities. Mass vaccination for Covid-19 will need to deliver vaccines globally at scale and speed never before considered.

Supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), University of Birmingham experts at the Centre for Sustainable Cooling are working with researchers at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, BRAC University, Bangladesh, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to design a blueprint for in-country Covid-19 vaccination cold chain design for low- and middle-income countries – using Bangladesh as a case study.

As part of the project, they have produced the report ‘Understanding the cold-chain challenge for COVID-19 vaccination’ which identifies, among other things, that:

  • There is an urgent need to strengthen vaccine cold chains in low-income countries – particularly into rural and remote areas; It is estimated that nearly 3 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion people live in areas that lack temperature-controlled storage to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Existing vaccination must continue alongside COVID-19 programmes – some 80 million children may already miss vaccinations against preventable diseases due to the pandemic;
  • Strengthening cold chains must not come at an environmental cost; this is a major opportunity to address gaps in the wider cold economy and use sustainable technology;
  • A lack of qualified engineers will lead to long response times to equipment malfunctions and broken cold-chains.  
  • Waste management will be a major challenge; alongside vaccines, disposable syringes, Personal Protective Equipment and other vaccination supplies will require disposal; and
  • High-income countries getting vaccines first would avoid 33% of preventable deaths, but equitable global distribution would stop 66% of such deaths.

Project developer Toby Peters, Professor of Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, commented: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a major human tragedy rooted in a crisis of health, economy and social justice, but we must ask ourselves a key question: how do you kick-start a global economy without vaccinating the world?

“We can’t ‘build back better’ if lack of access to vaccination has condemned some countries to isolation because they remain Covid-19 hubs.  We must reach everyone who needs a vaccine and the real challenge lies in overcoming that ‘last mile’. Cold-chains are energy intensive and rely on planet-warming refrigerants. Rapid expansion must not be based on environmentally harmful technologies and we are leading a fast-track research programme to design novel methods and instruments to support the cold-chain for Covid-19, but also to provide a lasting logistics legacy.”

Child vaccination programmes typically reach around 115 million infants each year, but the Covid-19 vaccine would need to be available to as many as 750 million people in Africa alone.

The scientists are working in Bangladesh to create a blueprint to help ensure that medics can get a Covid-19 vaccine to everyone who needs it across the Global South.

Bangladesh has one of the world's largest pharmaceutical and vaccine industries, with a vaccination framework supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organisation (WHO), but, like many countries, still lacks the capacity to deliver unprecedented, fast-track mass vaccination.

Co-Investigator Professor Farzana Munshi, of BRAC University, commented: “Like many developing countries, Bangladesh must balance protecting its people and sustaining the economy. While we are experiencing positive economic growth in the short run, this may not be sustained if the pandemic prolongs.

“Fear of unknown is an important factor causing lack of demand that can continue as long as the virus is with us. Availability of vaccine can remove this fear and stimulate economic activities. Rapid, efficient mass vaccination is the only way forward.”

Professor Ijaz Hossain, Dean of Engineering at BUET, added: “It’s vital that we understand and overcome the challenge of that last mile on the ground in countries like Bangladesh, which have remote rural populations. We must ensure that vaccines are available at every vaccination site and outreach channel.

“This is a major opportunity to use innovative, yet affordable, new technologies to create a lasting legacy from Covid-19 investment that could help to save millions of lives and support economic growth for years to come.”


R404A retrofit shows 8% energy saving

Nov 27, 2020
24 NOV 2020

THAILAND: A study amongst convenience stores in Thailand has shown that the lower GWP refrigerant R448A showed an energy saving of nearly 8% when retrofitted into existing R404A systems.

The study measured power consumption and the ambient temperature across five stores, totalling 150m2 in central Thailand. The result, based on an average of all the parameters, showed an energy-saving average of 7.9%, or 28,273 kWh/year per five the stores.

The results of the study, carried out by a team from Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University, was published in the Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences.

Marketed by Honeywell as Solstice N40, R448A is a blend of the HFCs R32 (26%), R125 (26%) and R134a (21%), with HFO components R1234yf (20%) and 1234ze(E) (7%). Its GWP is around 1300 and is classified A1 by ASHRAE – non-toxic and non-flammable.

There are currently more than 20,000 convenience stores in Thailand, and the number is increasing annually. The majority are open 24 hours day, making the retail sector the fourth largest consumer of energy in the business sector.


China moves to limit HFC refrigerants

Jun 2, 2020

CHINA: Although yet to officially ratify the Kigali Amendment, China has drafted new proposals for a quota system in line with global agreements to phase down HFC refrigerants.

The new proposals from China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment also includes leak management and recovery and reclamation regulations with fines of up to RMB10m ($1.4m)

The rules would apply to the production, sale, use, import and export of HFCs for controlled uses such as refrigerants, foaming agents, fire extinguishing agents, solvents, cleaning agents, and aerosols.

China is the world’s largest producer of HFCs, and manufactures about 70% of the world’s air conditioners.

“This draft plan demonstrates a clear intent to tackle these potent greenhouse gases,” said Avipsa Mahapatra, climate campaign lead of green group, the Environmental Investigation Agency. 

“EIA commends China for initiating this comprehensive process to implement the Kigali Amendment and strengthen enforcement of existing controls over ozone-destroying chemicals,” she added.


Spanish MEP questions EC action on illegal HFCs

Jun 2, 2020

EUROPE: Pressure on the European Commission to take action against illegal HFC refrigerant imports continues, with a Spanish MEP claiming the black market trade “jeopardises” the F-gas phase down.

César Luena, a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, is the latest MEP to table a written question to the Commission on the illegal trade, which some groups have estimated to be equivalent to as much as 20% of the quota. 

He asks whether the Commission is aware of this alleged contraband, and what action it is taking to combat it? Luena also enquires what the EC is doing and what incentives it is offering to encourage companies to use other climate-friendly substances such as HFOs?

Possibly prompted by the refrigerant manufacturers group, Luena points out that the European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee has called for a greater involvement and coordination of customs authorities in controlling these compounds, as well as for customs agents to be trained in the specified and legal import quotas.


Chemours¡¯ Opteon refrigerants win chemical council award

Jun 10, 2019
Chemours¡¯ Opteon refrigerants win chemical council award
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Chemours Fluoroproducts president Paul Kirsch (centre) is presented with the American Chemistry Council award by ACC chairman, Jerry MacCleary (left), and president and CEO, Cal Dooley (right)

USA: Chemours has been presented with a Sustainability Leadership Award by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for the development of its Opteon range of HFO-based refrigerants.

These inaugural awards, presented today at the ACC annual meeting in Colorado Springs, recognise outstanding achievements by member companies in three areas: transparency and collaboration, environmental protection and circularity and societal contributions.

Chemours was recognised by receiving the Societal Contributions award for “products, processes or initiatives that illustrate a commitment to innovating for a sustainable future for society”.

“Our development of Opteon is a perfect example of how the power of chemistry can help solve some of the world’s largest challenges,” said Mark Vergnano, Chemours president and CEO.

“Consumers are demanding cleaner, greener, and more energy-efficient products, and we’re positioning our customers farther up the value chain to meet that demand with products like Opteon,” said Paul Kirsch, president of Fluoroproducts at Chemours. “This is about doing well by doing good; we are dedicated to becoming a different kind of chemistry company for a world that demands more.”


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Aug 24, 2018
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