Refrigerant solutions with medium ODP and medium to high GWP
HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) are the second generation of fluorine based gases, the original replacements for CFCs. These products, which include R22, R123, R401A, R401B, R402A, R402B, R408A, and R409A, are categorised as having medium ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and medium to high GWP (Global Warming Potential). Consequently, they offer a slightly more environmentally friendly alternative to CFCs. They also often provide a quick and simple "retrofit" of existing CFC equipment.
As HCFCs contribute both to ozone depletion and global warming, the use of HCFCs is being phased out as part of global legislation, such as the Montreal Protocol. Some countries and regions are operating an accelerated phase out. In the EU, for example, the use of virgin HCFCs was phased out in January 2010. Reclaimed or recycled HCFCs, however, may be used until January 2015.
We sell a wide range of HCFC products in many locations and in a variety of packages including cylinders, drum tanks and bulk supplies. This includes reclaimed HCFCs in some locations. We also support the transition away from the use of ozone depleting products and can offer advice on alternative products, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and natural refrigerants, which have a lower impact on the environment.