Refrigeration is essential in our daily lives, as we depend on it to preserve food, control room temperatures and adapt to an increasingly demanding globalised world. However, most of the refrigerants used today are highly harmful to the environment and the atmosphere, posing many challenges for manufacturers, distributors and end-users. What steps should we take to address this situation?
A key strategy is to use refrigerant gases that have the lowest possible environmental impact. Research is underway to develop more sustainable natural refrigerants, such as R290 or CO2, which have a lower environmental impact. In addition to this advantage, these new gases offer other improvements, such as improved energy efficiency and reduced direct emissions, thanks to their thermodynamic properties.
Companies that manufacture refrigeration equipment and refrigerant gases can contribute to improving the quality of their products by using better manufacturing materials, more sustainable production processes and by redesigning their refrigeration equipment to minimise its environmental impact. The ISO 14001:2015 standard is the certification that reflects the growing importance of environmental management during business processes in companies.
For their part, technicians, refrigeration equipment maintenance and repair companies must apply good practices to prevent leaks and avoid the intentional release of gases into the environment. In this way, damage to the environment can be minimised and sustainable use of refrigeration in our daily lives can be ensured.