If you use refrigerant gases, keeping up with increasingly strict legislation can be quite a challenge. You need to be fully aware of the environmental impact of your products and services. This is measured in two ways:
The leakage of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere can cause ozone depletion and contribute to global warming.
Refrigeration and air conditioning systems consume energy, which raises CO2 emissions and contributes to global warming.
Substantial advances have been made over the past two decades. The Montreal Protocol
has successfully phased out the highest ozone-depleting substances
(CFC) and is making good progress on other fronts (such as HCFCs). Manufacturers have also developed new, more eco-friendly refrigerants and new appliances to use these alternatives.
More recently, new legislation
and growing consumer demands are pushing the industry to further reduce the GWP of refrigeration systems. The market is now seeing the emergence of new, lower-GWP refrigerants (including hydrofluoroolefins or HFOs and natural refrigerants) and a greater focus on leak detection coupled with the effective recovery and destruction of used refrigerants.