GCC more open to adopting natural refrigerants, experts say

GCC is moving more towards the use of natural refrigerants, according to experts.

The currently used HFCs in the GCC have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP).
The currently used HFCs in the GCC have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP).

GCC is moving more towards the use of natural refrigerants, according to experts.

Levent Taşkın, president of Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa, told MEP Middle East that the GCC is becoming increasingly forward-thinking in its approach to construction.

He said: "In the UAE, the government’s investment and participation in construction projects, stringent regulations, tendency towards usage of natural refrigerant solutions and phase out of ozone depleting refrigerants (ODS), are paving the way for greater superior operational standards for those operating within the sphere, not excluding HVAC industry, which is the single largest energy-consumer in buildings by accounting for nearly 60% of the total energy cost."

He continued: "From a global perspective, the tendency of the industry is to move increasingly toward natural refrigerant solutions when it is technologically safe & economically feasible.

Synthetic refrigerants are still likely to play an important role in both the refrigeration and air conditioning industries, where the trend is also moving toward new low-GWP substances that cause a minimal environmental impact."

Adding to Taşkın's comment is Michel Farah, director of corporate environmental and social responsibility, Daikin Middle East and Africa, who said: "Although the GCC countries are following the Montreal Protocol HCFC phase-out schedule by reducing the imports of refrigerants such as R22, the construction  project market driven by consultant firms is clearly switching to HFC refrigerants such as 410A in DX products and 134A in air and water cooled chillers with 0 Ozone Depletion Ratio (ODP).

However, Farah admitted that the currently used HFCs in the GCC have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP) exceeding 1300 up to 3000 in some cases.

Farah said: "The worldwide trend is to move towards lower GWP refrigerants such as R32 for Room Air conditioners and HFOs for chillers. Such a move is governed by “Dubai Pathway on HFCs” also known as the Kigali agreement reached last October between nearly 200 countries."

 

 

 

 

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