ICEGREEN will contribute to the switching towards nearly-zero GWP refrigerants and boosting the HFC phase-out expected by the EU regulation 517/2014 on F-gas and related international policies (Montreal protocol).
ICEGREEN can act as a catalyst for the integration and mainstreaming of climate objectives into other Union policies and especially of private sector practice.
ICEGREEN could support the implementation of new standards. The most relevant standards for refrigeration sector are EN378 and IEC 60335-2-89. ICEGREEN results may also influence IEC standards that are currently under review, in order to increase the allowed HC refrigerants charge from 150 g up to 500 g.
ICEGREEN results will influence European industrial investments in eco-innovative technologies for the refrigeration and food production sector. This will stimulate more responsible behavior of consumers and leading in the medium-long term to changes in consumer habits and then to replacement of traditional appliances.
Every year 90 million of stand-alone commercial appliances using high-GWP refrigerants are sold. These are small-sized appliances such as household chillers for the preparation, storage, display of food and drinks and all European manufacturers will be enforced to migrate to HC refrigerants.
ICEGREEN technology has an impressive transferability potential. The ICEGREEN project could indeed become a strategic pilot project to demonstrate the validity and safety of the use of HC-R290 in the domestic and commercial refrigeration sector for standalone systems.