According to the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD), more than ever, cooling must be compatible with climate goals to avoid a dangerous warming feedback loop.

While low-GWP refrigerants are already in use across the industry, some options introduce safety hazards through fire and combustion risks and so, would have to pass through the scrutiny of building codes and of those contractors that are reluctant to accept even mildly flammable gases. And if they do pass the scrutiny, the next challenge is technological, as their use may require significant modifications to vapour-compression equipment.

According to a 2016 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study, an estimated 700 million air conditioning systems will be in use by 2030. Not surprisingly, the call for settling the refrigerant debate is growing louder by the day.

Equally, there is a growing global call for Article 5 Group 2 countries to consider making the transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants even much ahead of the commencement of the ‘HFC freeze and phase-down steps’, in 2028.

It is in this context that CPI Industry presents the 4th edition of Refrigerants Review – the global dialogue on refrigerants in the context of HVACR systems, brought to you as a webinar and as part of the HVACR Virtual Conference Series.


Refrigerants Review is an immersive discussion on refrigerants that engages policy makers, regulators, scientists, technology solutions providers, service providers and end-users. To date, this unique conference platform has brought together international stakeholders on three occasions to discuss broad issues, including the assessment of refrigerants, keeping in mind such factors as health & safety, energy efficiency, Global Warming Potential (GWP), Ozone-Depleting Potential (ODP) and Lifecycle Climate Performance (LCCP).

Past speakers have included representatives or past representatives from:

  • Alternatives and Emissions Branch, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Environmental Investigation Agency, USA
  • Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD)
  • International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)
  • Interpol
  • Office of Environmental Policy, US Department of State
  • Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP), Montreal Protocol
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Customs Organisation

Event Format

The virtual conference, lasting approximately three hours, comprises industry leadership addresses, plenary discussions, technological presentations and structured Q&A sessions involving members of a discerning audience. The presenters have an opportunity to not only speak but also show PowerPoint presentations and videos to profoundly make their point.