What is R-32
R-32 is a next generation refrigerant that efficiently carries heat and has lower environmental impact. It can reduce electricity consumption up to approximately 10% compared to that of air conditioners using refrigerant R-22. Furthermore, compared to the refrigerants widely used today such as R-22 and R-410A, R-32 has a global warming potential (GWP) that is one-third lower and is remarkable for its low environmental impact.
R32 is a single component, zero ODP gas with a GWP of 675, significantly less than R410A, which has a GWP of more than 2000.
R404A Phase Out
The European F-gas Regulation has recently been reviewed with the aim of strengthening the core elements of the Regulation (517/2014).
The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. In the commercial refrigeration sector, this includes professional cabinets and retail display cabinets; the F-Gas Regulation affects the use of HFCs as refrigerants and as blowing agents for the insulation foam.
Why Should you make the switch to an environmentally friendly refrigerant?
There will be an 80% cut in HFC supply by 2030. Therefore the price of HFCs will continue to rise. Refrigerant prices rise again – News Article
Not only will R404A soon be illegal it may also not be the most energy efficient refrigerant to use. Changing to a lower GWP refrigerant with better energy efficiency will be beneficial in terms of energy labelling of products.
If you do not make the change you are likely to fall behind your competitors.
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