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Impact of Standards on Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Europe: Report


10/01/2018 | Impact of Standards on Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Europe: Report

An international standards revision to increase the charge limits on using hydrocarbons in HVAC&R systems should expand the market for these natural refrigerants, according to new market research conducted for LIFE FRONT.

The report found that standards limiting the refrigerant charge size and a lack of trained technicians are slowing down the uptake of hydrocarbons for RACHP applications in Europe. According to the research, industry is anticipating the implications of the F-Gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014. The report reveals that a standards revision for these systems is helping to improve system design and trigger research on the ignition causes for flammable refrigerants, encouraging manufacturers to invest in the development of systems using higher charges.

The report is available for download.


The LIFE FRONT project is funded under LIFE, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the bloc. It involves six partners in four European countries, and is coordinated by shecco, a market accelerator for climate technologies and natural refrigerants. Other project partners are AIT - Deutschland, AHT, ECOS, HEAT, and NIBE.

Experts from the industry, trade associations, academia, etc. are welcomed to join the Standards Action Group. The Group gathers experts interested in the development of draft requirements for EU standards on flammable refrigerants. Participation is free of charge.