In the ever-evolving landscape of environmental consciousness, it is crucial to stay informed about emerging challenges that impact both our health and the well-being of our planet. Today, we delve into the rising threat posed by HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins) and TFA (trifluoroacetic acid), spotlighting their potential implications on human health and the environment.
HFO-1234yf, a refrigerant widely employed in motor vehicle air-conditioning and various industrial applications, has garnered attention as a PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) – commonly known as "forever chemicals." The consequential fugitive emissions of HFO-1234yf give rise to TFA, an atmospheric degradation product that further compounds the environmental challenge. TFA, recognized as another PFAS by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), descends to Earth through rainfall, accumulating persistently in waterways that serve as crucial sources of drinking water.
Our commitment to addressing environmental challenges extends beyond awareness. Through our Research and Development services, we offer comprehensive support to our customers in their transition to products using natural refrigerants. From optimizing charge and selecting components to ensuring compliance with safety standards, our expertise empowers businesses to navigate the shift towards more sustainable practices. In doing so, we not only contribute to a healthier planet but also assist our partners in making informed and responsible choices for a greener future.
For an in-depth exploration of the subject, we invite you to read the full report from Atmosphere:
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