International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Green Paper
With heightened attention given to climate change and the extraordinary international efforts made over the past decade to reduce the use of refrigerants harmful to the environment as well as innovations in the design of system components, natural refrigerants are well positioned to be dominant in the 21st Century. Policies that encourage the expanded use of natural refrigerants are harmonious with current and emerging environmental protection and energy efficiency goals.
Natural refrigerants advantages are well-known, as they do not destroy atmospheric ozone and do not contribute to climate change. In fact, natural refrigerants are some of the most common compounds found in nature. The use of natural refrigerants is consistent with international agreements on reducing climate change. Because of natural refrigerants’ proven applicability as safe and efficient refrigerants for over 150 years, they are immediately available for wider usage and new applications. From a purely economic perspective, and without unnecessary regulatory burdens, natural refrigerants should find broader applications as refrigerants than they currently enjoy.