Stay informed, stay ahead. Our Forum Five newsletter delivers the latest industry news and our five must-read stories: 

1. ENVI F-gas revision unrealistic according to industry trade associations.

In advance of the vote in the European Parliament’s Environment (ENVI) Committee, trade associations called on the Committee to reject amendments which would ban F-gases, explaining that the amendments would “undermine Europe’s carbon neutrality goals, slow down the building renovation rate and uptake of heat pumps, and risk existing equipment becoming obsolete instead of being repaired”. Read more.

2. F-gas bans not technically feasible.

Paolo Falcioni, director general of European association APPliA, insists that proposed F-gas bans are “not a conclusive solution” and would “seriously obstruct” industry’s ability to conduct medium- and long-term planning. Falcioni asserts that “it would leave the market with no possibility to meet consumers’ demand.” Read more. 

3. Why Mother Nature wouldn’t defend natural refrigerants.

So-called natural refrigerants evade public scrutiny over their environmental impacts because of their eco-friendly-sounding name. The fact is that these chemicals are not Mother Nature-approved. They present serious threats to the environment that cannot be removed by greenwashing. Read more.


4. An inventory of fluorspar production, industrial use, and emissions of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in the period 1930 to 1999.

A peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection finds “complimentary evidence that the quantity of TFA measured in the oceans in the period 1998-2002 must include a large natural burden.” Read more.


5. 2 workers injured after ammonia leak at Little Caesars Arena.

Two men who had been near the leak suffered chemical burns… Ammonia is used as a refrigerant, but the gas can be dangerous if ingested by humans. Read more.