HFCs are being phased out.
A wide variety of environmentally superior and technologically proven HCFC and HFC alternatives are available to meet cooling needs.
The Cool Technologies website includes a sampling of companies using natural alternatives in a variety of applications. It was created to demonstrate there is already a wide array of safe and commercially proven technologies available to meet nearly all those human needs formerly met by fluorinated refrigerants.
Cool Technologies is found here.
Here is the press release issued by the USEPA on its settlement reached yesterday with Safeway (US) over that organisation’s use of HCFC-22 (R-22) at its stores.
Here is the USEPA web page providing information and links re. the HCFC phase-out programme (US).
This USEPA source provides the Clean Air Act context and information issued in respect of refrigeration and stationary sources that use ozone depleting substances.
Here is the draft Decision XXV(J) relating to HFCs for consideration at the 25th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok, 21-25th October 2013 (page 9 of the UNEP document) – click here to view the pre-session document. We will update this post when more information is available.
Here is the US EPA summary of this submission (on HFCs) which provides background – click here to view the US EPA background document.