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F-Gas Regulation shaking up the HVACR industry (GEN – 720.00)

17 October 2016

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General

F-Gas Regulation shaking up the HVACR industry (GEN – 720.00)

17 October 2016

2 min read

GEN – 720.00. This report was commissioned by The Greens / European Free Alliance in the European Parliament and produced by shecco. It provides insight in the ongoing evolutions, in particular it includes details on the retail sector.

The report entitled F-Gas Regulation shaking up the HVAC&R industry builds off of research shecco performed in 2013 to collect information on companies working with natural refrigerant technologies around Europe. The new study found that there are more than 650 of these companies in Europe, up from 400 in 2013. This shows that the Regulation has helped create new green jobs in the heating, refrigeration and cooling sector.

The report surveyed these companies to determine how they prepared for the implementation of the EU F-Gas Regulation and how it has affected their business since coming into force in 2015. The survey found that those who invested in future-proof HFC-free solutions ahead of the Regulation’s implementation were able to increase their competitive advantage over those who reacted after the law went into effect.

Moreover, 50% of survey respondents stated that the overall phase-down of HFCs would have the most significant impact in shifting away from high-GWP refrigerants across all sectors. Nevertheless, the research findings indicate that sector-specific bans on HFCs are the most effective measure driving the industry towards long-term technologies, while avoiding intermediary steps.

Supermarket refrigeration is an example of a sector where a ban on certain HFCs (to be put in place in 2022) has already significantly increased commercial availability of natural refrigerant-based equipment. The findings show that the number of stores using CO2 transcritical technology in Europe has tripled in the past three years. This technology can be found in approximately 8,730 stores, which represents 8% of the European food retail sector. Currently Germany leads the region with 1,958 stores using CO2 transcritical technology.

In case you did not click on the title on the report (56 page) above, it is available for download here.

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