ECOS and partners welcome International Electrotechnical Commission positive vote on commercial refrigeration



ECOS is very pleased to welcome a newly-approved standard that will allow larger quantities of climate-friendly alternatives to fluorinated gases in commercial refrigeration. The positive vote was confirmed last week in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Fewer barriers to natural refrigerants

The newly-approved international standard IEC 60335-2-89 provides safety requirements for commercial refrigerating appliances and contains positive amendments to the previous version, which posed barriers to the use of climate-friendly flammable refrigerants (i.e. propane) through tight limits to the allowed charge size. A publication of the standard with the current provisions in place will pave the way for the increase of the use of climate-friendly refrigerants – a significant contribution towards the mitigation of climate change. As Rita Tedesco, ECOS Programme Manager in charge of refrigerants said: This outcome is a milestone in the mitigation of climate change and the implementation of climate legislation, which is now de facto being hindered by safety standards. 

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