HFCs, HCFCs, and other fluorocarbons have global warming potentials (GWP) that are hundreds and thousands of times higher than CO2. This means that controlling their emission into the atmosphere has great significance in efforts to combat climate change. In Southeast Asia and other developing countries, in particular, the proper systems for fluorocarbon management do not exist, and therefore the most of used fluorocarbon tend to be discharged into the atmosphere. Moreover, there are concerns about greenhouse gas emissions associated with escalating energy consumption that will come from anticipated increases in the demand of refrigeration/air-conditioning equipment.
It has been pointed out that if improper fluorocarbon management is not rectified amid international efforts to combat climate change, this situation will affect the achievement of targets under the Paris Agreement. Thus, there is a need to combat climate change through a package that combines fluorocarbon management with more highly efficient refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.