Honeywell has announced plans to exit the sale of Genetron 404A (R-404A) and Genetron AZ-50 (R-507) refrigerants in the EU in 2018 as contracts permit, in order to meet the deadline set by the EU F-gas regulations, which stipulate the phase-out of high global-warming-potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 2020.
The company says is taking this action in anticipation of the expected scarcity of high GWP products due to the F-gas Regulation phase-down schedule. The F-gas Regulation states how much refrigerant can be placed on the European market each year, based on GWP. It requires significant and increasingly larger and faster reductions of the highest-GWP HFCs well ahead of 2020.
Due to the large, mandated reduction in quota to be implemented on January 1, 2018, Honeywell says it is expected that an accelerated phase-out of high-GWP products will be required in order to cope with the phase-down timing. This means that customers need to convert now to more environmentally preferable solutions in order to prepare for the scarcity of high-GWP products anticipated in 2018 and to fully meet the F-gas requirements by the end of 2019.
“Given the upcoming targets set by the F-gas regulation, customers will soon encounter reduced availability of high-GWP products,” said Julien Soulet, MD for Honeywell Fluorine Products in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “We encourage refrigeration customers to work closely with Honeywell’s authorised distributors to accelerate the transition to near drop-in replacement products that are available now and fully comply with F-gas regulations.”
Honeywell has developed reduced-GWP alternatives such as Solstice N40 (R-448-A) and Genetron Performax LT (R-407F) refrigerants. Both Solstice N40 and Performax LT are seen as proven solutions, with more than 18,000 successful conversions. They can be serviced long-term, beyond any of the F-gas ban dates.