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22nd November 2016 - back to news index

Montreal Protocol Revision: What HFC alternatives are there?

The Montreal Protocol was first ratified way back in 1987. Since then, there have been a number of revisions, all aimed at reducing the use of gases that are deemed responsible for ozone depletion. The latest revision of the Montreal Protocol has taken place recently and has implications for a number of users of air conditioning and refrigeration who must now source HFC alternatives.

The latest amendment phases down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as R134a, which will see the total recovery of the ozone layer by 2050 and a reduction in global warming. Under the pact, an estimated 70 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions will be prevented.

We expect to see the new guidelines in place in the new year, making this the ideal time for you to start investigating HFC alternatives, including R134a replacement gases. We can help you to source the right R134a alternative to meet your refrigeration needs. Please get in touch to discuss your options.

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