The latest developments of refrigerants

The objectives defined by the European Commission's "F-gas Regulation" , the Paris Agreement, and the Kigali Global Accord have triggered a supply crisis for one of the components of regrigerant gasses, which causes a dramatic increase in prices. ENGIE Axima is anticipating how to support its clients as HFC gasses (HydroFluoroCarbons) with high global warming potentials are gradually phased out.

What problems does this cause for refrigerant producers? As a result of the F-gas Regulation, the amount of refrigerants with high GWPs that producers can put on the market is limited by a quota. These quotas depend on the refrigerants' GWP values. Producers must find a balance between selling less refrigerants with high GWP values and selling more refrigerants with low GWP values. Consequently, we are witnessing a crisis situation play out for refrigerants with high GWP. This is the case for R404A: a shortage has caused prices to soar. How does ENGIE Axima plan to surmount this challenge? ENGIE Axima is working on an appealing offer that reduces leakage rates of refrigeration systems that contain HFCs. Leakage rates can reach up to 20%. For retrofits (system conversions), ENGIE Axima has set up agreements with refrigerant producers and distributors. In doing so, we're able to guarantee our customers a supply of substitute refrigerants with low GWPs, such as XP40. For new installations, ENGIE Axima recommends implementing sustainable solutions. The ILICO2 range of cooling solutions offers natural refrigerant fluids such as CO2, ammonia (NH3), hydrocarbons (ex: propane), or pure, low-GWP HFOs*. What the F-gas Regulation stipulates The F-gas Regulation anticipates a "phase down" of HFCs in terms of CO2 equivalent, i.e., a decrease in the quantities of HFCs put on the European market (which began in 2015) to reach a significant 79% reduction versus 2014 levels by 2030. GWP*: Global Warming Potential. GWP is a gas's harmfulness in terms of its contribution to the greenhouse effect. The reference gas is CO2, which has a GWP of 1. HFC*: Hydrofluorocarbon HFO*: Hydrofluoroolefin
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