Information about refrigerants

On the Refrigerant info pages you can find general information about refrigerants, their technical properties, use and replacement. You can choose the refrigerant from the menu at the top right.

Responsibility actions in the cold industry

The refrigeration sector will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70–78% by 2050. According to the EU’s decision, emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases will be reduced by up to 78% by 2050. In practice, this means ending the production of several refrigerants and innovating new mixtures and equipment. From the point of view of the owners of refrigeration plants, the change leads to the end of serviceability of several old equipment and the investment of replacement equipment. In some cases, district cooling can also be a replacement option.

All CFC and HCFC refrigerants are hazardous waste that must be recovered and delivered for disposal. After use, other refrigerants must also be recovered and treated appropriately. A large part of refrigerants can be reclaimed and reused. If the substance is not suitable for reclaiming, it must be delivered for disposal.

Reclaiming of recovered refrigerant

Refrigerant reclaiming provides new equivalent refrigerant for service and maintenance use. Reclaiming is usually more economical than disposing of the refrigerant as hazardous waste. It is also environmentally friendly because less new refrigerants need to be produced.

The change causes additional work and expenses

When some of the refrigerants go out of use, the equipment must be renewed to operate with replacement refrigerants. The EU’s F-gas regulation has transition periods for changes, so time has been left to prepare for the new situation. Renovating the equipment causes a lot of additional work for refrigeration professionals, and plant owners should be prepared for investments. Since the transition times are reasonably long, the life cycle of many equipment ends before the transition is mandatory. With proactive planning, it is possible to greatly influence the costs of renewing the refrigeration equipment.

Choosing the perfect refrigeration unit

The choice of a refrigeration unit should be made based on its energy efficiency and the choice of F-gas based on the lowest possible GWP. In the future, the GWP value must also be declared on the device and in its marketing. It is worth investing in a device that will continue to have the right refrigerant available for maintenance.

Prices of refrigerants

EU regulation of refrigerant supply has led to significant price fluctuations. Follow our prices and become our customer. Please contact us for more details.

EPEE Gapometer

The first major cut to the HFC quota was made in 2018. The EPEE Gapometer project provides important information on the required actions to achieve the challenging HFC reduction targets in the long term.

Read EPEE’s brochure: EPEE Gapometer Project  (en, pdf)

“The new requirements of the F-Gas Act will affect the entire HVAC sector. Therefore, it is important to raise the industry’s awareness of the new requirements and ensure that it takes all the necessary measures in time.” (EPEE Gapometer)