Undetected leaks: the numbers
Many of the estimated five billion refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems in use globally, use refrigerants with significant global warming potential (GWP), where a single kilogram can cause as much atmospheric damage as 3900kg of carbon dioxide. In the UK alone, of the 4,000 tons of refrigerant gas sold annually (source: A-Gas), ten per cent is lost through undetected leaks and it’s estimated that, worldwide, emissions from refrigerant leakage accounted for 7.8% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 (source: London South Bank University). These losses also reduce the efﬁciency of refrigeration systems, leading to indirect emissions through increased fuel consumption and higher maintenance costs. This is bad for our health, our wealth and our planet.
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