HCFC-22 (CHClF2) and HFC-134a (CH2FCF3) are two major gases currently used worldwide in domestic and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. HCFC-22 contributes to stratospheric ozone depletion, and both species are potent greenhouse gases.
The researchers found pronounced seasonal variations of global emissions for these two major refrigerants, with summer emissions two to three times higher than in winter. Thus results suggest that global emissions of these potent greenhouse gases might be mitigated by improved design and engineering of refrigeration systems and/or by reinforcing system service regulations.
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