Industry News

New York to phase out HFC refrigerants
New York has announced it will follow California and adopt regulations to phase out the use of HFC refrigerants.

“While the Trump administration denies climate change and rolls back efforts to protect our planet, New York is picking up the mantle of climate leadership and forging a path forward,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are taking action to begin the phase out of the use of hydrofluorocarbons, and I encourage other states to join with New York and California to combat dangerous HFCs.”
Sept 2018 source:

Spain pledges €1.5m for low GWP systems
The Spanish government has approved a plan for €1.5m in aid for the conversion or replacement of supermarket refrigeration systems to alternative low GWP refrigerants. The subsidies will apply to both new and existing systems and are also designed to encourage the addition of doors to refrigerated cabinets.
Sept 2018 source:

F-Gas enforcement challenges
The supposedly ground-breaking European F-gas regulations have become a farce, with the authorities seemingly unwilling or unable to stem sales of illegal refrigerant.
Sept 2018 source:

California votes to restrict HFC use
California has voted to pass the California Cooling Act which will restrict the use of high GWP HFC refrigerants and other HFC compounds. Approval by the California legislature of the bill, first introduced by California senator Ricardo Lara in February, also calls for the development of an incentive programme to speed the adoption of lower GWP alternatives.
Aug 2018 source:

Acting Administrator Wheeler Addresses EPA Staff
“Just like me, you came to EPA to help the environment. I know firsthand how dedicated and passionate you are, and it is a privilege to work alongside you and lead the Agency in its vital mission of protecting human health and the environment.”.
July 2018 source:

CO2 refrigerant faces supply issues
CO2 users are facing what has been described as the “worst supply situation to hit the European carbon dioxide (CO2) business in decades”.
Jun 2018 source:

Price rises hit lower GWP refrigerants
Air conditioning contractors are facing further price increases on both R410A refrigerant and the lower GWP alternative R32.
May 2018 source:

Call for new culture of improved refrigerant containment and recycling
Dual approach necessary to keep pace with F-Gas reducing quota, say experts at RAC’s F-Gas Question Time
May 2018 source:

Impact of refrigerant charge on capacity and efficiency of low GWP refrigerant systems
A study assessing the effects of refrigerant leakage on both direct and indirect carbon emissions with R404A, contrasting the findings with currently preferred alternative refrigerants.
Jan 2018 source:

2018 Refrigerant Pricing Predictions
2018 refrigerant price predictions from Alec Johnson for Rerigerant HQ
Dec 2017 2018 source:

2017 ends with 60% price rise
The European air conditioning and refrigeration industry faces record price rises of up to 60% on high GWP refrigerants R404A and R507A in December.
Nov 2017 source:

Brace for High Refrigerant Prices this Summer
Contractors may well have been wondering about the noticeable increase in R-410A prices. A 25-pound cylinder that was selling for about $150 back in December is now selling for about $240.
Jul 2017 source:

A study on the containment of refrigerating plants
Refrigerants are essential to the operation of refrigerating and air-conditioning plants. Leakage of refrigerants, especially hydrofluorocarbons, has a direct and major impact on global warming due to their high global warming potential but also an indirect impact as the energy efficiency of the facilities is affected when the refrigerant load is less than the nominal load.
Sep 2015 source: Conducted for ADEME by Cemafroid and IRSTEA