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IEC sets maximum charge for flammable refrigerants in commercial refrigeration system at 150 grams

The President of the Spanish Association for Refrigeration Technology (AEFYT) says rejected proposal to increase load limit to 500 grams would have boosted the natural refrigerants market

| | May 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm
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Roberto Solsona

Madrid, Spain, 15 May 2019: The members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have decided to set the maximum charge for flammable refrigerants in commercial refrigeration systems at 150 grams, said Roberto Solsona, President, AEFYT, the Spanish Association for Refrigeration Technology. “This resolution rejects the proposal to increase the load limit to 500 grams, which had been supported by AEFYT,” Solsona added, emphasising that the Association believes increasing the load limit would have helped boost the market for natural refrigerants, such as hydrocarbons.

“The proposal was only one vote away from being approved by the National Committees participating in it,” he said. “The general opinion is that these tight margins indicate that the increase in the charge of flammable gases is a question of ‘when it will be done’ and not of whether, in the near future, it will be passed to a higher charge limit.”


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