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When you’re running a business that relies on chiller equipment, considering the environment probably isn’t high on your list of priorities.  However, you’ll recognise the importance of keeping up with legislation.  With the demand for keeping your business green, you’ll probably be fully aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the environment.

We know that the Montreal Protocol has meant that in replacing CFCs, HFC usage has certainly reduced emissions necessary for climate change.  The use of ozone-depleting substances has been pretty much ruled out.  Worldwide, 197 countries have signed up to the Montreal Protocol; which has led to a positive effect both on the global market and reducing CO2 emissions.

With a greater increase of HFCs in the environment, this now means that an alternative challenge now arises.  It’s now recognised that unless the HFC emissions are not controlled, this could actually negate all of the entire climate benefits that the Montreal Protocol has worked tirelessly to achieve.

There are definite alternatives to HFCs, and certainly in not continuing with HFCs, it’s anticipated that by the year 2100, a 0.5˚C of global warming can actually be prevented through a phase-down process.  Not to mention a cost-effective and practical alternative which will limit global average temperatures rising 2˚C to pre-industrial average temperatures.

On the legal side, environmental law and regulations are being continually tightened so it makes sound sense to consider alternatives to HFCs in your chillers.  There are three mainstream alternative refrigerants to HFCs that remain safe for the environment.  You could consider choosing ammonia or CO2alternatives.  Both have performance-related and environmental advantages but also present drawbacks too.

On the other hand though, Hydrocarbon R290 refrigerant gives you the alternative solution that’s perfectly safe for the environment, cost-efficient and highly effective.  Hydrocarbons perform as well as, and often better than those of HFC refrigerants, which makes them an ideal alternative.  To find out more about hydrocarbon chiller facilities for your business, contact us.

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