Infographic – Natural refrigerants

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Against the background of gradual phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as indicated by the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the search for an effective, safe and affordable alternative is very important. Natural refrigerants, such as carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrocarbons, represent one of such alternatives.

It should be noted that natural refrigerants have already been in use for about 100 years in the refrigeration sector. Their indisputable advantages are that they do not deplete the ozone layer and practically do not harm the climate. Furthermore, they are highly efficient and can be produced in Uzbekistan, which will allow the country to reduce dependence on the import of expensive synthetic refrigerants.

This infographics, developed within the framework of the joint project of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Ecology and Environmental Protection, UNDP in Uzbekistan and GEF “Initial Implementation of Accelerated Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase Out in the Countries with Economies in Transition (CEIT) – Uzbekistan” provides an overview of the frequently used natural refrigerants, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as areas of their application. In addition, information is provided on global warming and ozone-depleting potentials of each natural refrigerant.