Industry must limit refrigerant focus

Europe’s aircon and refrigeration component makers have warned that only with a very focused approach will industry be able to achieve the phase down targets within the statutory time frame.

In a recently published position paper, ASERCOM, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, points out that in addition to developing new products to enable the industry to meet the demands of the HFC phase down, many of its members must also ensure their products comply with new Ecodesign minimum efficiency performance standards. And, faced with hundreds of new low GWP alternatives, it must focus on refrigerants that show the highest potential in preliminary tests.

“New product ranges have to show significant improvements in their energy efficiency,” the statement says. “At the same time these products are required to use the lowest amount of refrigerant with the lowest possible Global Warming Potential (GWP).”

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