As early as 2024, these air-conditioning products will be eliminated!
The European Union has recently introduced green laws and regulations, trying to speed up the pace of reducing the greenhouse effect as much as possible. This involves not only the change of the automotive industry, but also the refrigeration industry this time. We all know that some products such as air conditioners, heat pumps, and gas boilers will produce fluorinated gases and hydrofluorocarbons.
The European Union has recently introduced green laws and regulations, trying to speed up the pace of reducing the greenhouse effect as much as possible. This involves not only the change of the automotive industry, but also the refrigeration industry this time. We all know that some products such as air conditioners, heat pumps, and gas boilers will produce fluorinated gases and hydrofluorocarbons. F-gases are a kind of synthetic gas with a global warming potential much higher than carbon dioxide. Their emissions can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years, so their climate impact is far greater than carbon dioxide emissions. Fluorine-containing gases also contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, which protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Additionally, they contribute to air pollution and negatively impact human health.
Therefore, the European Union has agreed to tighten policies in the refrigeration industry, which will reduce the sales of fluorinated gases to 60% of the average level in 2011-2013 by 2024-2028, and reduce it to 15% by 2036. The European Parliament hopes to speed up the pace and is committed to the complete phase-out of fluorinated gases by 2050. Standards will vary across industries, but most of them call for the phase-out of F-gases by 2025. The European Union plans to install millions of heat pumps over the next decade to wean itself off fossil fuels. F-gases can be replaced with less effective alternatives, such as carbon dioxide or compressed air in heat pumps, and switchgear in electrical grids.
In summer, we sometimes find that the cooling effect of the air conditioner deteriorates. A big possibility is that the freon of the air conditioner has leaked, so a special person is needed to add it. With this regulation, it will be impossible to hire people who add freon, and it will also be impossible to repair the air conditioner to make it cool. The only way is to scrap the air conditioner.
According to Italian media estimates, 80% of the air conditioners in Italy will soon face such a dilemma. People have had to switch to air conditioners that use natural refrigerants, which are currently hard to come by in Italy. On the other hand, in Germany, a subsidy program for the purchase of natural refrigerant air conditioners has been launched to encourage people across the country to replace air conditioners.
Tommaso Foti, the team leader of Fratelli d'Italia, spoke out for the battle of air conditioners, because such a plan will not hit families the hardest, but those engaged in air conditioner maintenance and repair industries and manufacturers of air conditioners will face huge transformation pressure. Because throughout Italy, about 140,000 people are engaged in these industries. Italy also needs to speed up the time for industry families to understand how new natural refrigerants work, as this is still little known in Italy.
China is a major producer and consumer of HFCs in the world. Substances such as CFCs and HCFCs that deplete the ozone layer to greenhouse gas HFCs are all products of the fluorine chemical industry. The vast majority of enterprises that produce and consume CFCs and HCFCs are also enterprises that produce and consume HFCs. Experts in the air-conditioning and refrigeration market pointed out that how to choose suitable substitutes to avoid the rapid growth of HFCs consumption is both an opportunity and a challenge for my country's fluorine chemical industry.
The end of fluorine-containing refrigerants is approaching, and natural medium refrigerants will become the "new favorite". Under the mainstream trend that home appliance refrigerants and blowing agents are 100% fluorine-free, there are no technical obstacles for companies to eliminate traditional refrigerants such as Freon , but to use alternative natural refrigerants on a large scale, a series of problems such as cost, installation and after-sales service are still the main problems currently facing.
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