Closing the loop: Refrigerant reclamation and reuse as contribution to a circular economy of refrigerants
With the EU F-Gas Regulation and the global Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, both introducing a phase-down of HFC refrigerants, reducing the climate impact of refrigerants has become an essential part of sustainable cooling. Development and use of refrigerants with a lower global warming potential (GWP) are a typical example of how this goal can be achieved, but should be complemented by a life cycle approach, investing into refrigerant recovery, recycling, reclaim and reuse of refrigerants. Such an approach will not only contribute to achieving the phase-down on a European and global level, but also to resource efficiency and to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 on sustainable consumption and production.
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