The refrigeration sector represents the largest demand for refrigerants globally. The sector has the highest emissions of fluorinated gases, at over 40% of global emissions, and is also estimated to account for 9% of total global energy demand, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The refrigeration sector includes a number of product categories, including: domestic refrigerators and freezers, commercial equipment used in retail locations to hold and display frozen and fresh food for consumer purchase, industrial food processing, cold storage and distribution centers, and transport refrigeration.

The IPCC also estimates that annual refrigerant losses in this sector due to leaks and end-of-life losses are extremely high, around 23%. Transitioning this sector to alternative refrigerants that do not pose climate risks is therefore essential. The relative energy efficiency of alternatives offers the added potential to significantly reduce energy use as well.

Fortunately, numerous manufacturers and commercial and industrial operators have already successfully transitioned their equipment and are now safely and efficiently using HFC-free refrigerants in all the refrigeration categories listed within these sectors:

Domestic Commercial Industrial Mobile