The steep reduction in the F-gas HFC cap in 2018 (about 40 % less than for 2017) and the increasing adoption of lower GWP HFCs, HFC/HFO blends and ultra-low HFO/HCFOs has resulted in the largest annual decrease in average GWP from about 1650 in 2017 to 1320 in 2018 for total reported supply to the EU market. This is what is to be read in a press communication of the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee.
In 2018 HFOs/HCFOs accounted for about 20% of the reported total sales in metric tonnes of HFCs/HFOs/HCFOs. The HFOs and HCFOs are being used alone and in blends with HFCs in a range of applications including mobile air-conditioning, refrigeration, stationary air-conditioning and heat pumps, foams and technical aerosols.
The switch to lower GWP HFCs is also occurring; BSRIA have reported that “R-32 is gaining ground rapidly and in 2019 approximately 37% of all splits systems used R32 refrigerants”. HFC-32 is an increasing share of the total HFCs/HFOs supplied with a marked increase for 2018 in both metric tonnes and percentage share.
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