Addressing climate change requires a fundamental shift in the way we produce and use energy. That means relying less on coal, oil, and natural gas to power society and more on renewable resources like wind and solar. It also means the electrification of heating and cooling (e.g., replacing gas boilers with high-efficiency heat pumps) and continued strides to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption of nonrenewables.

f-gases offer a safe, reliable & effective solution for domestic heat pump deployment 

Energy Efficiency & Climate Impact

F-gases offer superior performance and energy efficiency across applications and climates, making them essential for creating a decarbonized economy and enabling a swift transition to clean energy. So-called “natural” refrigerants simply aren’t up to the task. While they may have a low global warming potential (GWP), their relative inefficiency and poor thermal characteristics in many cases drive increased energy consumption. Energy consumption translates to increased CO₂ emissions, which further speed planetary warming.

The pitfalls of “naturals” don’t stop there, either. CO₂ systems are notoriously complex, ammonia systems have added risk-mitigation requirements, and hydrocarbon systems have scalability issues because of their flammability and charge size limitations. These shortcomings require more resources and more energy—resulting in a high level of “indirect” emissions.

a 2018 UNEP report found that over 80% of the global warming impact of refrigeration systems is associated with the indirect emissions generated during the production of electricity used to operate the equipment

A Welcome Ally

Featuring low to ultra-low GWP and excellent energy efficiency, today’s F-gases and specialty fluids are a welcome ally in the effort to decarbonize the economy and slow climate change. F-gases are indispensable to supporting the rapid electrification of heating and cooling through heat pump technologies. (While “naturals” can be used in heat pumps, their performance limitations offset their benefits.)

heat pumps optimized for the low GEP f-gas R-454C produced 22% fewer emissions than standard propane (R-290) systems. 

F-gases and specialty fluids are also key to progress in countless other modern applications, from range-extending heat pumps for electric vehicles to high-efficiency immersion cooling systems for data centers.