Chemours Cuts Off Supply of Common Refrigerants (R404A and R507A) in the US, Citing Environmental Regulations

Refrigerant producer Chemours has announced a major shift in the US market, ending domestic sales of R404A and R507A refrigerants. These widely used refrigerants, particularly in supermarkets, are being phased out due to their high Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Chemours’ decision aligns with stricter regulations outlined in the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. This act mandates a significant reduction in HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) sales and consumption, targeting a 40% decrease by 2024.

“The US AIM Act…demands a significant reduction,” explained Doug Westerhoff, a sales director at Chemours. The company believes this move will significantly aid customers in meeting sustainability goals and complying with the regulations.

Chemours had previously ended sales of these refrigerants in Europe due to similar regulations. The company is likely focusing on alternative, more environmentally friendly refrigerants moving forward. This shift will necessitate adjustments for businesses that rely on R404A and R507A, potentially requiring upgrades to their existing equipment.

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