Refrigerants and energy efficiency

Refrigerants in the HVACR industry

New and evolving regulations on refrigerants can make it a challenge to stay up-to-date on current trends and cause uncertainty. Danfoss is committed to providing you with the best and latest information, so you make confident decisions about the refrigerants you use with our products and in HVACR applications.

Get a complete overview of the refrigerants landscape, and learn about the various regulations and their impact on the industry. Take a deep dive into our white paper, download useful digital tools, and get the latest information on our portfolio of products that are qualified for use with alternative refrigerants.

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Refrigerants with low GWP

White paper: Refrigerant options now and in the future

This whitepaper is examining the trends and drivers in selecting refrigerants for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) systems.

Refrigerant trends

HFC phase down

HFC phase down

Discover sustainable refrigerant solutions and regulations driving the HFC phase-down. Specific market guidance and measures for reducing HFC consumption, including GWP limits, are spurring new technologies. The Montreal Protocol's Kigali Amendment aims to promote sustainable cooling solutions worldwide. Developed countries are phasing out HCFCs, with developing countries following until 2030. Governments are also implementing measures like GWP-weighted taxes and subsidies on low-GWP refrigerants to reduce high-GWP refrigerant consumption.

Phase out

HCFC and CFC phase out

Learn about the global phase-out of HCFCs and CFCs, and the replacement with HFCs, which unfortunately also contribute to global warming. R22, a popular HCFC, is being phased out due to its minor ODS potential. Developed countries have already completed the phase-out, with others following until 2030. Danfoss recommends investing in new plant builds or retrofitting existing plants with hermetic compressors and controls to run on R22 substitutes. Find out more about retrofit guidelines and the legislation surrounding R22 substitutes in Danfoss's white paper.

Refrigerants from a Danfoss perspective

Danfoss prioritizes sustainable solutions combining high energy efficiency and low-GWP refrigerants, both natural and synthetic. With refrigeration and air conditioning using 15% of global electricity, energy efficiency is a critical aspect. Danfoss invests in low-GWP refrigerants, developing products that are practical, safe and energy efficient, such as compressors, heat exchangers, and control components. Danfoss strikes a balance between affordability, safety, and the environment to pioneer new developments and technology.

Refrigerant FAQs, tools and on-demand sessions

Refrigerant trends


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