With average global temperatures rising, the anticipated increase in the use of air-conditioning to cool homes, workplaces and for the storage of foods and medicines poses a serious problem.

But most of the world’s refrigeration and air-conditioning systems run on fluorinated gases, also known as F-gases, most notably hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – which are major contributors to the climate crisis.

Understanding that many companies are increasingly aware of the importance of doing their bit in the fight against climate change, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has taken some of the slog out of looking for alternatives by producing the new Pathway to Net-Zero: Cooling Product List.

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for the CoP26 international climate meeting in Glasgow later this year, said: “The development and expansion of net-zero cooling is a critical part of our Race to Zero emissions. In addition to technological breakthroughs and ambitious legislation, we also need sustainable consumer purchasing to help deliver wholesale systems change, and as such I welcome the EIA cooling products guide as an important contribution to accelerating the race.