EARTH DAY 22nd April 2020

This #EarthDay, while the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world and dominating news headlines, thoughts and attention, the need to take climate action has remained as urgent as ever.

The theme of Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action.

By the end of 2020, global CO2 emissions need to have dropped by 7.6 per cent and continue to fall by 7.6 per cent each year for us to have kept global heating under 1.5oC, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report 2019. Earth day 2020 is not just the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but also the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement to take climate action.

It is suprising to many people that refrigerants are a key tool in taking climate action. The 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a landmark agreement that has successfully reduced the global production, consumption, and emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs).  ODSs are also greenhouse gases that contribute to the radiative forcing of climate change.

Under the Montreal Protocol:

  • To date we have phased out nearly 100% of nearly 100 harmful ozone depleting substances.
  • We have averted more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions going into the atmosphere from 1990-2010. We are expected to save over US$2 trillion by 2060 due to health and economic benefits.
  • The Kigali Amendment under the Protocol is expected to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of this century. It is vital component in the fight against climate change that continues to protect the ozone layer.
  • The Kigali Amendment will also see nations reduce global-warming-inducing HFCs by more than 80% over the next 30 years and replace them with more planet-friendly alternatives.

More than 1.1 billion people face significant risks from lack of access to refrigeration and air conditioning. But we can provide the cooling people need while protecting the planet by adopting more sustainable solutions.

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Earth Day 2020

Many solutions exist within the built environment connected to heating and cooling to support low emission and zero-carbon strategies. They include smart thermostats, building automation systems, dynamic and high-performance glass, green and cool roofs, district heating, high-efficiency heat pumps, building retrofitting and net-zero buildings.

Within refrigeration fluorinated gases have a potent greenhouse effect. In addition to managing leaks and disposal of synthetic refrigerants the technology exists now to replace these powerful greenhouse gases with natural refrigerant alternatives. Not only do these solutions support our planet, they have been proven to also provide lower costs and better performance.

50,095,990 kgs CO2 saved by EcoChill customers

Find out more about low emission  cooling and natural refrigerants.