The World Needs F-gases
Fluorinated gases (F-gases) and specialty fluids (HFCs, HFOs, and HFO blends) power the largest industries and value chains, touching nearly every sector of the economy.
Why F-gases are Essential to the World of Today and Tomorrow
F-gases make many aspects of our society possible, including green transition, the electrification of heating, the cold chain, advacning new technologies, and much more.
Paving the Way to Decarbonization
Driving Innovation, Value & Reliability
How F-gases Measure Up: Myth vs. Fact
Myth: “Naturals” are safer refrigerants than fluorinated gases.
Studies have concluded that F-gases are safe for their intended use.
Propane is easily combustible—even static discharge from walking on a carpet can ignite propane built up during an accidental leak—whereas HFOs require 2000 times more energy to ignite.
Ammonia's use is already restricted due to health risks associated with leaks from its higher toxicity. Ammonia is considered a serious health hazard, because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes, and lungs, and exposure to 300 parts per million (ppm) is dangerous.
Myth: "Natural” refrigerants are better for the environment.
“Natural” is a marketing buzzword and not based on engineering or sound science. Refrigerant-grade CO₂, hydrocarbons, and ammonia are not extracted from nature. They are made through industrial processes like all other refrigerants.
“Naturals” are the chemically manufactured industrial gases that were adopted more than a century ago and broadly abandoned for good reason. "Natural” refrigerants often incur higher lifecycle emissions compared to F-gases.
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/ammonia-refrigeration#:~:text=Ammonia%20is%20considered%20a%20high,dangerous%20to%20life%20and%20health
Myth: “Naturals” will help achieve global climate targets.
Fluorinated gases help advance global climate goals by moving heating and cooling away from fossil fuel use and towards energy-efficient solutions, like the adoption of heat pumps. Limiting access to F-gases would slow adoption, increase transition costs, create an incredible amount of material waste by crippling existing equipment infrastructure, and jeopardize the widespread deployment of heat pumps and other energy efficient solutions.
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