What does Low-GWP stand for?

Low-GWP stands for low global warming potential refrigerants.

What does HFC stand for?

Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are high global warming potential substances developed as replacements for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in the refrigeration and air conditioning, aerosols, fire suppression, and foam blowing sectors.

Why are people worried about A2L refrigerants entering the market?

Despite their low global warming potential, A2L refrigerants are mildly flammable. However, as research as shown, they are incredibly difficult to ignite. For more information on flammability characteristics of A2Ls, see ESCO’s video on the flammability of A2L refrigerants.

What is the Timeline for Canada’s HFC Phasedown Schedule

The Regulations Amending the Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations establish a phase-down of HFC consumption from an established baseline. The phase down begins in 2019 with a 10% reduction in consumption with further reduction steps in 2024, 2029 and 2034 to achieve an 85 percent reduction in HFC consumption by 2036.

Who is Responsible for the HFC Phasedown Schedule in Canada?

Environment and Climate Change Canada.

What is the Purpose of the Regulations Amendmending the Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations?

The amendments aim to reduce the supply of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that enter into Canada and the demand for HFCs in manufactured products. The amendments will ensure Canada is able to meet its obligations established under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol).

Does HRAI offer Training on the Safe Use and Handling of A2L Refrigerants?

Yes! Visit https://www.hrai.ca/flammable-online-course-register to access HRAI’s course on working safely with mildly flammable refrigerants.