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Europe makes progress on conflicting PFAS ban and F-Gas phase-out regulations

Proposals for a PFAS ban that conflicts with the finalisation of European Union F-Gas regulations have raised significant concerns among various stakeholders. Current drafts of these regulations pose a threat to global air-conditioning and refrigeration market as it works to integrate new-generation refrigerants and technologies aimed at combating climate change.

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The proposed PFAS ban:

Known as ‘forever chemicals’, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in many everyday products, including refrigerants, are facing bans in Europe and elsewhere over environmental and health concerns.

A PFAS ban would affect numerous HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) and HFO (hydrofluoroolefin) refrigerants that fall under the PFAS definition; these include R125, R134a, R143a, R227ea, R245fa, R365mzz, R1234yf, R1234ze, R1336mzz and R1233zd.

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