New agreement on HFCs reached in Kigali

17. Januar 2018 - 13:43 -- oeko

The global reduction of climate-impacting fluorocarbons (HFCs) has been agreed: the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, including all the 197 countries of the United Nations, agreed on a gradual reduction in the production and consumption of HFCs in Kigali / Rwanda last weekend. The Montreal Protocol for the protection of the ozone layer thus becomes an effective climate agreement.

Alternatives to ODS and F-gases

A variety of environmentally friendly alternatives to ODS and F-gases is available for different applications to avoid the use and emission these substances.

In refrigeration and air conditioning, HCFCs (especially R22) and HFCs are today still highly relevant, but they could be replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives in most cases.


The term “F-gases” relates to fluorinated greenhouse gases including HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorocarbons), SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride) and NF3(nitrogen trifluoride).



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