GLRPPR Sector Resource: ASHRAE Position Document on Refrigerants and their Responsible Use
ASHRAE Position Document on Refrigerants and their Responsible Use
Refrigeration and air conditioning provide many benefits to society, but these benefits carry environmental and societal consequences. Many of these consequences stem directly from the refrigerant chosen for each application. ASHRAE has a direct interest in this issue because the operation of refrigerating and air-conditioning equipment depends on refrigerants.
Environmental concerns have caused ozone-depleting potential, global warming potential, energy efficiency, and life-cycle climate performance to become important factors. This often results in conflicts between choices: if a lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants less efficient than the fluid which it replaces, any direct global warming benefit maybe offset by increased energy consumption. ASHRAE's position is that the selection of refrigerants and their operating systems be based on a holistic analysis of multiple criteria. ASHRAE promotes responsible use of refrigerants and supports the efforts to advance technologies that minimize
impact on the environment while enhancing performance, cost effectiveness, and safety.
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