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The natural refrigerant movement

30 April 2017

Climate change is an international subject of controversy and shines the spotlight on many sources of pollution used in our everyday life.

In recent years, the topic of climate change has entered the world of HVAC-R, with hyrdofluorocarbon (HFC) a key culprit of climate pollution. Currently an international agreement is in place to phase down HFC refrigerants and introduce natural alternatives.

China is leading the movement toward natural refrigerants, with their Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) publishing The First Catalogue of Recommended Substitutes in 2015. These substitutes include C02, ammonia, hydrocarbons, air and water.

This shift is also occurring beyond China, with similar policies and negotiations happening around the globe.

So what does this mean for Australia? There is an expectation changes will begin to reach our shores over the coming years, with a phase-out of HFC refrigerants over a 15-year span.

Our federal government plans to reduce 85% of refrigerant emissions as part of the national emissions reduction plan.

For direct Australian Government communication on the phase-out process, download a pdf at

If you think this move might affect your business, make sure you undertake further investigation. The process will contain many facets such as new training, education, standards and regulations.


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