HFCs are potent greenhouse gases used as alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (ODS) being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Atmospheric observations show that the volume of HFCs in the atmosphere is increasing rapidly, about 10-15% per year.
Significant growth in HFC use is expected in developing countries because of population growth, rapid urbanization, electrification and changing consumer patterns. The increased use of refrigerants will also result in increased energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. If no measures are taken, it is estimated that HFCs will amount to 9-19% of total CO2 emissions by 2050.
Therefore there is a need to show the technical feasibility and commercial viability of low-GWP, energy efficient technologies, which could then lead to the broader uptake/replication of the technologies concerned across the sector or geographic area