The debate concerning F gases continues to spark interest from retailers and equipment producers alike. Some believe the introduction of European F-gas Regulation, including a phase-out of high GWP HFCs used in refrigeration by 2022, will be the tipping point the industry needs for mainstream adoption of sustainable refrigeration solutions.
Others believe the combination of public pressure from environmentally aware consumers and the commercial imperative to reduce energy costs have been, and will continue to be, the real catalysts for industry-wide change, according to a recent report on F gases and sustainability in Europe developed by Carrier in partnership with market development specialist shecco.
What is the F gases’ impact?
Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) are a group of chemicals containing fluorine. The most common f-gases are hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These are all man-made gases that are used in a variety of applications including refrigeration, foam blowing, propellants, aluminum & semiconductor manufacturing. During their use, these gases can be emitted to the atmosphere. However, once released, many of these gases stay in the atmosphere for years and make a far greater contribution to a global greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide.
In the European Union (EU) F-gases account for 2% of overall greenhouse gas emissions, according to information by producer Linde Group.