How to be cool


Being cool is about embracing sustainable technologies to secure the future. It is about avoiding obsolete F-gas technologies which are harmful to the ozone layer, climate and environment.

HFCs are potent greenhouse gases, introduced as alternatives to another group of environmentally damaging refrigerants, HCFCs.  Developed countries adopted HFCs on a large scale however, due to a delayed HCFC phase-out, developing countries now have an opportunity to avoid adopting HFCs by choosing cool technologies.

In a moment of global unity in 2016, governments came together to agree an HFC phase-down. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol mandates the gradual reduction of HFCs starting in 2019 in developed countries, and in 2024 in developing countries. 

This agreement is vital to keep global average temperature rise below 2°C.

Historically, we have shifted from one type of problematic F-gas to the next.  Unsurprisingly, the F-gas industry is busy trying to persuade us that they have the next F-gas solution to the problem, be it an unsaturated HFC (HFO), whose impact on air pollution and acid rain is not fully understood or another HFC, with a moderately lower global warming potential than those it precedes. Furthermore, many HFCs have extremely potent warming effects when looked at under a 20-year GWP, for example HFC-32 has a 20-year GWP of 2330.

Is this what you really want? Now is the time to cut free and get it right.

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