23. November 2020 | CEO SpotlightIndustry Insights

Clean Cooling Is Coming: Legislation Calls For Natural Refrigerants

Especially in Europe, the restrictions set by the government and authorities are one of the most important driving forces for users and companies in the refrigeration industry. Instead of continuing to determine how machines, processes and entire industries can be cooled, large companies in the sector and refrigerant manufacturers are now being regulated by legislation, governments and the European Commission with new general conditions.

The global phase-down and the F-gas Regulation have placed clearly defined, short-term requirements on the refrigeration industry. The EU is particularly ambitious when it comes to implementing global legislation. For example, the F-gas Regulation stipulates a phase-down period, which came into force in 2015, has been imposing various bans since January 2020 and aims to bring about a complete transformation of the refrigeration industry by 2030. The repercussions for the refrigeration sector as a whole and for individual users and companies should not be underestimated.

Energy-Efficient Clean Cooling Enables Cooling in Permanent Compliance with the Law

Cooling is required across the board, and there have been many attempts to develop a legally compliant technology to serve this omnipresent market. In our blog post on transitional refrigerants, we explained why the solutions of conventional refrigeration machine manufacturers and refrigerant producers are doomed to fail in light of the F-gas Regulation.

Real technological change is on the agenda today, but it will only be realised when environmentally friendly refrigeration technology that is free of F-gases and significantly reduces CO2 emissions has become mainstream and is used across the globe. The fuel of this new refrigeration technology: natural refrigerants!

With Clean Cooling, you can not only bid farewell to the F-gas Regulation; the eChiller120 also helps users to achieve their sustainability goals and reduce their CO2 footprint.

Climate-Friendly Clean Cooling with Natural Refrigerants in Accordance with the F-gas Regulation

In Germany, Europe, the USA and indeed around the world, the switch to natural refrigerants is being actively promoted by legislators and regulatory authorities. The ratification of the Montreal Protocol and the resulting phase-down of synthetic refrigerants is clearly motivating the industry to look for climate-friendly alternatives.

Clean Cooling with natural refrigerants such as CO2, hydrocarbons and water are ideal candidates as they do not harm the environment, are not unfamiliar to us and therefore do not have any unforeseeable effects on the environment.

The Future: Water as a Refrigerant Is Clean, Safe and Legally Compliant

The oldest refrigerant in the world was not only tested in ancient Egypt. Lots of practical experience has already been gained with water-powered chillers in today’s process cooling, machine cooling and cooling of technical equipment (see the eChiller in use).

With a greenhouse gas potential (GWP) of 0, the natural refrigerant is suitable for all stages of the phase-down. Water, as the only safe refrigerant for the climate, environment and users, will continue to comply with strict, new regulatory requirements regarding climate protection and operational safety in the future.

Innovative developments in Clean Cooling with water as a refrigerant (see the latest development in the eChiller series: the eChiller120) provide the answer to the two most pressing challenges of the refrigeration industry:

  1. The risk of greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerant leaks.
  2. High CO2 emissions due to a lack of energy efficiency and unnecessarily increased power consumption.

In this free white paper, you will find out how users and companies can protect themselves against unlawful activity both today and in the long term with the eChiller120. Click here to go directly to your own cooling scenario