Regulations Overview, Hydrocarbons, Alternative Refrigerants – 20.06.2023 Refrigerants Position by Secop

Selecting a refrigerant should be done with respect to the environment, but the job does not end after choosing a low GWP solution. We also need to take into consideration the other characteristics that could lead to a negative environmental impact. Secop has adopted this complete approach – to not bring additional harm to the Earth and also be fully green by offering sustainable products that are able to utilize natural refrigerants.

Low GWP, better efficiency and a manageable cost to implement, predetermine HCs to be a preferable long-term solution in both low and medium pressure. There is a growing trend in the market for hydrocarbon use in the segment in which Secop has a strong product range. A future expansion of the refrigerant charge limit to 500 g will bring additional possibilities to the light commercial segment. This will allow higher cooling capacities in applications covered by IEC60335-2-89:2019. Higher charge limits will require a stronger focus on safety requirements and designs.

According to currently valid F-gas Regulation 517/2014, bans of high GWP refrigerants used with new appliances will continue in steps until 2025 and for service or maintenance until 2030. Use of refrigerants R452A, R448A, R449A, and R513a is now prohibited since January 2022 in refrigerators and freezers of commercial use but still allowed for use in stationary equipment.

We believe in a green future and a green future will drive the refrigeration market towards natural refrigerants.

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