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The slow but relentless progress towards environmental protection through the reduction of harmful emissions has had significant effects on the HVAC industry. Some classes of refrigerant gases, a fundamental component of air conditioning and refrigeration systems, may cause damages to the earth atmosphere or contribute to Global Warming and for this reason their consumption has been reduced or banned altogether.
The Kyoto (1997) and Montreal Protocols (1989) initiated a global multi-lateral process which should lead to a progressive reduction in production and consumption of gases with Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP). While the phasing out of the HVAC ODP gases, also known as HCFC (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons) is under way in most countries of the world, the removal of the gases with high GWP has a less defined timescale and several challenges.
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