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Chemours Invests to Fight Global Warming

Aug 17, 2022
The company will expand Opteon™ low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant capacity in Texas to support customers’ growth and a sustainable future

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Chemours, a global chemistry company, recently announced it will be expanding its Opteon™ YF (HFO-1234yf) capacity to help meet customer needs as they continue transitioning to lower GWP refrigerants. The Opteon™ YF and YF blends refrigerants are now used in millions of vehicles and thousands of retail stores around the world, with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP) that is significantly lower than the legacy refrigerants.

Chemours considers the $80 million capacity expansion project a critical growth investment that supports market demands and aligns with Chemours corporate responsibility targets, delivering high returns and delivering on our purpose. When Chemours opened the facility in June 2019, it more than tripled the company’s capacity of Opteon™ YF, making it one of the world’s largest HFO-1234yf production facilities, a distinction it will retain with this project. This investment, along with on-going de-bottlenecking projects, will further increase site capacity by approximately 40%.

“This expansion demonstrates Chemours’s devotion to our customers, the communities in which we live and work, and the health and sustainability of the planet,” said Alisha Bellezza, president of Thermal & Specialized Solutions at Chemours. “Opteon™ YF is a game-changing refrigerant solution accelerating global sustainability initiatives. As demand increases, we are proud to make the investment that will help our customers navigate the complex regulatory landscape while supporting their bottom line with a high-performing, readily available product.”

The refrigerants manufactured by Chemours in Ingleside—which is 20 minutes outside of Corpus Christi—will be delivered to a rapidly growing base of customers around the world. In the mobile air conditioning market, the number of vehicles on U.S. roads using HFO-1234yf is estimated to be at least 80 million. Since the opening of the production facility, several equipment manufacturing companies have also selected Opteon™ products for residential and commercial HVAC applications. By 2025, Chemours estimates that its low-GWP product line will eliminate an estimated 325 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent globally.

“Chemours is proud to bring this expansion to the Corpus Christi area and demonstrate our commitment to this community,” said Mark Reyes, Chemours’ Corpus Christi plant manager. “The expansion will allow us to increase production of Opteon™ YF, which is a sustainable refrigerant solution designed to help our customers meet regulatory standards.”

Chemours to Expand Opteon™ Capacity in Texas to Meet Growing Customer Needs for Low GWP Solutions

Aug 17, 2022
Company invests to support customers’ growth and a sustainable future by increasing ultra low-GWP refrigerant production by approx. 40%


The Chemours Company (“Chemours”) (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, today announced it will be expanding its Chemours Opteon™ YF (HFO-1234yf) capacity to help meet customer needs as they continue transitioning to lower GWP refrigerants. The Opteon™ YF and YF blends refrigerants are now used in millions of vehicles and thousands of retail stores around the world, with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP) that is significantly lower than the legacy refrigerants.

Chemours considers the $80 million capacity expansion project a critical growth investment that supports market demands and aligns with Chemours corporate responsibility targets, delivering high returns and delivering on our purpose. When Chemours opened the facility in June 2019, it more than tripled the company’s capacity of Opteon™ YF, making it one of the world’s largest HFO-1234yf production facilities, a distinction it will retain with this project. This investment, along with on-going de-bottlenecking projects, will further increase site capacity by approximately 40%.

“This expansion demonstrates Chemours’s devotion to our customers, the communities in which we live and work, and the health and sustainability of the planet,” said Alisha Bellezza, president of Thermal & Specialized Solutions at Chemours. “Opteon™ YF is a game-changing refrigerant solution accelerating global sustainability initiatives. As demand increases, we are proud to make the investment that will help our customers navigate the complex regulatory landscape while supporting their bottom line with a high-performing, readily available product.”

The refrigerants manufactured by Chemours in Ingleside—which is 20 minutes outside of Corpus Christi—will be delivered to a rapidly growing base of customers around the world. In the mobile air conditioning market, the number of vehicles on U.S. roads using HFO-1234yf is estimated to be at least 80 million. Since the opening of the production facility, several equipment manufacturing companies have also selected Opteon™ products for residential and commercial HVAC applications. By 2025, Chemours estimates that its low-GWP product line will eliminate an estimated 325 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent globally.

About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials 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, and oil and gas. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,400 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,200 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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Opteon™ refrigerants will be used in three major ice venues at the Beijing games.

Jul 15, 2022
Attention to all!

To support the mission of being “green, open, inclusive and clean”, and to adopt more sustainable solutions, three ice rink venues in Beijing selected Opteon™ refrigerant to provide reliable performance at the demanding low temperatures required for operating their facilities.





























For more info, please refer to 
https://youtu.be/1yb3-O39Zqw for the full video.



Chemours Launches Freon™ 32 (R-32) Refrigerant in China Market

May 10, 2022

         


         Shanghai, February 9, 2022 - owns the company in the fields of Titanium Dioxide Technology, Thermal Management and Specialty Solutions, High Performance Materials and Specialty ChemicalsThe Chemours Company (Chemours) (NYSE: CC), a market-leading multinational chemical company, announced the launch of Freon™ (Freon™) 32 (R-32) refrigerant in the Chinese market. This product will meet the demand for R-32 refrigerant in the Chinese market, and is also a supplement to the market in the process of switching from traditional refrigerants to low-global-warming-potential (GWP) Opteon™ refrigerant products.

     “For decades, Chemours Freon™ refrigerants have been recognized and trusted by customers in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry for their outstanding performance, reliability and safety. The launch of Freon™ 32 refrigerant in China demonstrates the Our customer-centric philosophy has always been upheld and demonstrated our ability to tailor products and services to target customers.” said Jun Zhou, Asia Pacific Director of Thermal Management and Specialty Solutions at Chemours: “After launching the R-32 Prior to refrigerants, to support action on climate change and meet regulatory requirements worldwide, we have developed and commercialized a range of low GWP refrigerant products, the Chemours Opteon™ ( Autoon™) refrigerants. Autoon™ refrigerants enable our customers and value chain partners in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry to provide sustainable refrigerant solutions.”

          As a leading brand in the global refrigeration industry, Chemours refrigerants have a rich history of more than 85 years. Chemours has always been committed to providing customers around the world with reliable refrigerant products that meet a wide range of performance requirements while providing cost and safety advantages. In addition, Chemours provides value-added services, including professional after-sales service, technical support, comprehensive solutions and reliable global supply.


EC proposes steep HFC cuts and usage ban

Apr 27, 2022

 

EUROPE: The European air conditioning and refrigeration industry could face stringent cuts in HFC refrigerants and bans on common AC refrigerants in new EC proposals to strengthen the F-gas regulation.

Among the F-gas revision proposals, published today, the European Commission seeks to ban the use of HFCs with GWPs of 150 or more in new split system air conditioners and heat pumps of a rated capacity of up to and including 12kW from January 1, 2027. 

Also, from 1 January 2027, the proposals seek to ban the use of HFCs with a GWP of 750 or more in new split systems with capacities above 12kW.

Accelerated phase down

As recently revealed by the Cooling Post, the proposals also contain an acceleration of the F-gas phase down with stringent new cuts to the current quotas. The most immediate change is the possibility of a near 50% cut to the current quota in 2024. This would be followed by an even larger percentage step down in 2027 when, under the new proposal, the quota would be cut to just 10.01% of the baseline. 

The proposed accelerated phase down based on a 2015 base line of 176,700,479 tonnes CO2e

Training

As demanded by both industry and environmental groups, the revision proposals also seeks to include alternative refrigerants, like CO2 and hydrocarbons, within the F-gas training and certification process. The training process would also include attention to energy efficiency aspects.


Carrier selects R454B for rooftops

Mar 30, 2022

Carrier selects R454B for rooftops

FRANCE: Carrier has selected the lower GWP refrigerant blend R454B as the optimum solution for use in rooftop applications across Europe. 

R454B is a lower flammability A2L refrigerant blend of 68.9% R32 and 31.1% 1234yf. It has a GWP of 466.

It is said that the decision has been made following “detailed evaluation of direct and indirect environmental impact, safety, ease of use and affordability for customers”. The selection also aligns with Carrier’s 2030 environmental, social and governance goals to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than 1Gt.

Carrier has previously announced the adoption of R454B as its primary replacement for R410A in ducted residential and light commercial air conditioners in North American markets from 2023.

“We believe R454B offers the optimum solution for rooftop systems in terms of total environmental impact, cost, safety and ease of use. It delivers significantly lower GWP, improved efficiency and excellent materials compatibility with existing components,” said Juan Jose Francisco Diez, Carrier’s airside marketing manager. 

As well as offering useful efficiency improvements over previous R410A rooftop units, R454B also requires 10% less system charge.

“Adoption of R454B will enable Carrier’s forthcoming new generation of rooftop units to exceed the 2021 requirements of the European Union’s Ecodesign Directive by up to 42% for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and up to 10% for Seasonal Coefficient of Performance,” added Diez. 


China implements HFC Import and Export Licensing System

Feb 18, 2022

China began officially implementing its hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) import and export licensing system as of 1 November 2021, one and a half months earlier than the date stipulated by the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, according to a recent announcement jointly made by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC). This major milestone follows the release of China’s revised Import and Export Catalogue of Controlled Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), which added HFCs to the list of substances whose trade is closely managed by the country in accordance with the Montreal Protocol.

An effective and operational government system for licensing the import and export of new, used, recycled and reclaimed controlled substances is crucial for ensuring national compliance with commitments under the Protocol. It enables a country to manage its supply of controlled substances by monitoring and controlling their movement over the national borders and is necessary for collecting data that each country must report under the treaty. Licensing systems are also tools for preventing illegal shipments and avoiding unauthorized or unwanted trade in the controlled chemicals.

Each Party to the Protocol’s Kigali Amendment must establish and implement an HFC import and export licensing system within three months of the date of entry into force of the Amendment. On 17 June 2021, the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations deposited its acceptance letter of the Kigali Amendment with the Secretary-General of the United Nations. China became the 122nd Party to the Amendment when that instrument entered into force on 15 September 2021.

To ensure smooth implementation of the HFC import and export licensing system, MEE,
together with MOC and GAC, conducted a series of preparatory activities including updating the existing Import and Export Paperless Management System on Controlled Substances under the Montreal Protocol and incorporating HFCs into the system. China’s National Management Office of ODS Import and Export collected information on domestic enterprises that import and export HFCs through various channels and established contact with the enterprises in advance. Through the country’s HFC phase-down Enabling Activities project, the customs capacity building project and annual training programme, training plans were developed, and training workshops were organized for management personnel from MOC and GAC as well as HFC import and export enterprises, which comprehensively introduced management requirements on controlled substances as stipulated by the Montreal Protocol and practice of China’s import and export licensing system.

China is the largest producer and exporter of HFCs in the world, and its trade involves exchanges with more than 120 countries. A senior official from MEE said that China is willing to extensively cooperate with relevant international organizations and countries on HFC import and export management, strengthen information exchange through mechanisms such as the Informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) mechanism managed by OzonAction, and contribute to promoting global compliance.

Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director of UNEP Law Division, stated “UNEP heartily congratulates China on reaching this important milestone – even ahead of schedule – and commends the Government for the measures it has put in place for controlling imports and exports of HFCs. This is important for both the Montreal Protocol and for protecting our climate since many HFCs are also powerful greenhouse gases. Given China’s position as the major producer of HFCs, the effect of its new licensing system will literally be felt around the world.” She added, “UNEP also appreciates China’s longstanding use of both formal and informal communication channels, like the iPIC mechanism, to promote compliance with licensing systems at home and abroad. Cooperation across borders makes national licensing systems work even better.”

India ratifies Kigali amendment

Sep 30, 2021

 

INDIA: Following approval by the cabinet and prime minister Shri Narendra Modi last month, India has now ratified the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants.

India’s ratification, following closely behind China’s ratification, provides a huge boost to the Kigali Amendment which commits countries to cutting the production and consumption of HFCs by more than 80% over the next 30 years.

India’s economy is growing rapidly and, along with China and United States is seen as one of the world’s highest current and potential HFC emitting countries.

India will complete its phase down of HFCs in four steps from 2032 onwards with cumulative reduction of 10% in 2032, 20% in 2037, 30% in 2042 and 80% in 2047.

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
123. Cameroon 24/8/21
124. Tunisia 27/8/21
125. El Salvador 13/9/21
126. India 27/9/21


Act now on climate change

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.

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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.



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