Towards natural refrigeration

By respecting the Montreal and Kyoto protocols, both aimed at attenuating climate change, the European Union is actively involved in reducing global warming and the emission of ozone-depleting substances.

The latest edition of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-Gases) Regulation came into force in 2019 with the same aim as did Italian Presidential Decree no. 146 of 16 November 2018 which enacts EU Regulation no. 517/2014.



First of all, what are F-Gases? F stands for “Fluorinated”. The term “F-Gas” describes a special family of fluorinated gases (also known as hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs), widely used as refrigerants in air conditioning and commercial refrigeration, as well as in many other essential devices like fire extinguishers and medical inhalers.

The EU F-Gas Regulation determines which gases are subject to control and places an obligation of certification and registration in a national digital register on companies and individuals involved in the production, operation and disposal of equipment containing fluorinated gases. 




The objective is to reduce the consumption of fluorinated gases by 80% (CO2 equivalent) by 2030. An incremental series of measures will gradually eliminate gases with a high GWP (Global Warming Potential) in preference for natural refrigerants with very low GWP values, such as CO2, hydrocarbons and HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins).




This reduction began in 2016, and is proceeding in phases. Restrictions are steadily being put in place according to which the quantities of HFCs sold are progressively reduced by imposing mandatory quotas on HFC producers and importers. 


Arneg S.p.A. is F-GAS FLI certified and abandoned the use of high GWP refrigerants years ago, promoting instead the adoption of refrigeration systems that use natural gases like CO2 and propane

Research into the use of environmentally sustainable gases is one of the Arneg Group’s top priorities. Our aim is to develop new refrigerants that are more environmentally friendly, safer and more efficient, and to offer them to the world of retail.


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