Mexichem joins group to tackle illegal refrigerants

London, UK: Mexichem has joined a new group for the European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee that is campaigning against the use of illegal refrigerants.

EU regulation of individual HFC quotas has been instrumental in the fight against climate change. However, this has also triggered a rise in unlawful imports, with restrictions being bypassed by criminals and illegal gases making up more than 20% of the quota and exceeding the EU’s HFC cap, Mexichem says.

Mexichem has joined the European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee’s efforts, launching its own campaign to warn the industry of the consequences of partaking in this trade. The penalties for usage of illegal HFC product include fines, criminal prosecution, damage to equipment and a long-lasting impact on any participating company’s reputation, not to mention potential injury, or even fatality, to users.

The European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee is a European Chemical Industry Council sector group that monitors legislation related to hydrofluorocarbons and hydrofluoro-olefins in the EU and at global level.

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee programme to fight these imports includes an action line which allows individuals to report alleged suspect HFC offerings confidentially to a trusted and independent contractor. It is hoped that this programme will enable authorities access to a more detailed picture of the supply chain.

Signs that an HFC product could be illegal include an unknown brand name, no quality certificate or safety data sheet, no cylinder return process or a price too low to market.

Mexichem’s Klea refrigerants are supplied to major manufacturers and a large share of the aftermarket servicing sector across commercial refrigeration, automotive and stationary air conditioning applications.

Mexichem makes fluoroproducts and is the largest producer of fluorspar, accounting for more than 20% of global supply. It also produces around 10% of global hydrofluoric acid supply.


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