In case you missed it, a recent study of fluorinated gases (F-gas) has come under intense criticism by fifteen leading HVACR industry associations from across Europe, the U.K. and Japan.

The study, produced for the European Commission, makes several assertions about the future of the industry including claims that so-called “natural” refrigerants could fundamentally replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in a variety of applications.

In a strong, united response, the industry groups issued a rebuke accusing the study of using “very incomplete data,” having an “unrealistic approach to certain refrigerants and technologies,” and disregarding business realities and the “competitiveness of European manufacturers.”

The industry groups further argue that refrigerant safety, affordability, energy efficiency, and indirect emissions are critical considerations that were ignored by the study.

globalFACT agrees: a host of considerations, options, attributes, and applications must be assessed in order to thoroughly—and responsibly—evaluate refrigerants. Want to learn more?