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  • John Tinsley

Navigating the HFC Phasedown: What Facility Managers and Technicians Need to Know

As the global community intensifies its efforts to combat climate change, the phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) has emerged as a critical agenda item. HFCs, commonly used in various industries and products, are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.


While manufacturers are most significantly affected by the phasedown, it is crucial that facility managers stay informed about the next steps. In this blog post, we will discuss the latest developments and what facility managers and technicians need to know.


Transition Planning and Leadership

To effectively transition away from HFCs, businesses must develop comprehensive transition plans that align with or exceed the phasedown targets set by EPA. These plans should encompass thorough exploration and assessment of alternative chemicals and technologies that offer lower environmental impact.


It’s time to seriously consider the retrofitting or replacement of older systems with lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternatives. Sustainability-focused facility managers can demonstrate industry leadership by adopting solutions that go beyond the proposed phasedown and embrace the future of sustainable cooling.


Therm helps facilities adopt low-GWP systems without breaking the budget.


Embrace Low-GWP Alternatives

The phasedown of HFCs presents an opportunity to transition to more climate-friendly refrigerants with lower GWP levels.


Facility managers and technicians should partner with qualified refrigerant suppliers and system designers to identify the right refrigerant that meets their needs. They should also ensure that the system is compatible with the selected refrigerant and plan for any retrofitting or replacement required. Proper handling and disposal of the old refrigerant are equally essential to avoid harm to the environment.





Educating and Training Personnel

The success of the phasedown ultimately depends on the knowledge and skills of the personnel working with refrigeration systems. Facility managers and technicians should invest in educating and training their personnel to understand the HFC phasedown, the regulations, and the new refrigerants.


Education and training programs should cover safety precautions, refrigeration system components, transportation, storage, handling, and disposal of refrigerants. They should also address the identification of refrigerant leaks, refrigerant charge limits, and system monitoring.


Organizations like the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council offer crucial resources, training, and education to facilitate an accelerated transition away from HFCs. Learn more at NASRC.org.


Lead the HFC Phasedown Charge

The HFC phasedown is a critical step towards mitigating climate change, and facility managers and technicians play an essential role in ensuring compliance. Staying informed about the regulation, transitioning to low-GWP alternatives, educating personnel, and monitoring and reporting are key to achieving a successful HFC phasedown. Sustainability should be at the forefront of every organization's agenda, and every effort must be made to ensure that refrigeration systems are environmentally responsible.


Moreover, collaboration and knowledge sharing within industries and with regulatory authorities will foster innovation and ensure a more sustainable future. By proactively engaging in the transition process, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship while securing long-term success in a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.



Therm’s mission is to make the transition to low-GWP refrigerants achievable, affordable, and accessible.

From greenfields to retrofits to leak suppression, we work within your budget and goals to make sure that solutions are sustainable for both the planet and your wallet. Our team of experts is ready to guide you through the process. Reach out today!




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