In a webinar hosted by RSES held on 14 August, a beginners guide to refrigeration was given as well as a discussion on the role that natural refrigerants – particularly hydrocarbons - will play in the coming five years.
“They [EU regulations] have already influenced the market. For self-contained refrigeration, the market has already almost completely switched over, as refrigerants that have a GWP of over 2,500 will be banned by 2020 and anything over a GWP of 150 being banned by 2022.”
“In the case of self-contained refrigeration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the use of R404a and R134a for 2020. So the U.S. is a little more aggressive in some cases than Europe but the U.S. has some refrigerants with some higher GWP SNAP approved refrigerants than what Europe would allow.”