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Overview of the key global trends in refrigerants in Danfoss new report.
Danfoss new report “Refrigerant options now and in the future paper” aims to create an overview of the key global trends in refrigerants (including environmental aspects, developments and tendencies) and the regulatory incentives that impact the future.

This paper describes the background, the trends and drivers that frame the scenarios for present and future refrigerant selection. While selecting new alternatives implies investments, cost and burdens, it can open doors for bridging new opportunities if these selections are made correctly. These include combining heating and cooling systems, which is becoming a very efficient driver for CO2 technologies.

This report distils all the relevant current knowledge regarding new refrigerants, the European F-gas regulation, the Montreal Protocol, worldwide safety standards and more. Dealing briefly with the history of the technology and the introduction of “safe” man-made refrigerants, the document quickly moves on to look at sustainability and the key issues of the environment, safety and affordability in choosing a new refrigerant and refrigeration system. The current and likely future regulations and standards around the world are discussed before progressing to look at what refrigerants and types of systems are likely to dominate in specific sectors of the market in future years. The current and future low GWP refrigerants, their properties and likely acceptability are scrutinised with the explanation carried into a very useful annex which sets down the latest Montreal Protocol HCFC phase-out timetable, the phase-down under the new F-gas regulations and the implications of the European MAC Directive.