Air conditioning and refrigeration

Refrigerated section of a supermarket

The refrigeration and air conditioning markets are constantly being transformed due to changing regulations related to the fight against the destruction of the ozone layer and global warming. The Arkema group has always anticipated these changes and has developed new fluids to reduce the impact on the environment.

The Arkema group is the world’s co-leader in fluorinated gases and has a complete range of refrigerant fluids. Its products are designed for low and medium temperature air conditioning and refrigeration systems (industrial, commercial, domestic and public transportation).

Producing cold while also reducing the impact on the planet

Check of an air conditionner installation

HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons), a second generation gas, is definitively banned in cooling systems in Europe since January 1st, 2015 due to their impact on the ozone layer. In order to replace HCFCs, the Arkema group provides a wide range of so-called third generation refrigerants: Forane® HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons).


They are more respectful of the environment, and their ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential – an index measuring the potential for the destruction of the ozone layer) is zero. Recently, Forane® 407A was added to the European range of products. It has a GWP (Global Warming Potential – an index measuring the influence on the greenhouse effect) twice as low the existing HFC R-404A and R-507A.


In addition, the Group is dedicating significant resources to its R&D in order to develop fourth generation cooling liquids, i.e. HFOs (HydroFluoroOlefins), which are remarkable because of their energy efficiency and very low GWP.

Focus on... HFC refrigerants are replacing HCFCs

Non-toxic and non-inflammable, Forane® HFCs have performance levels identical to HCFCs which are to be banned in Europe as from 2015. They can be used for a wide range of temperatures and do not require any changes to existing installations.

While waiting for the commercialization of HFOs, the HFC-based Forane® range covers the needs of all markets:

  • domestic, commercial and industrial refrigeration
  • domestic and commercial air conditioning, heat pumps
  • automotive air conditioning
  • transport refrigeration

Focus on... Forane® 427A

Though the R-22 import and production phase out is nearing in 2020, virgin and recycled R-22 refrigerant stocks will last for years to come.  Forane® 22 is still the optimal choice for R-22 designed equipment and is readily available.  Although pricing may fluctuate for R-22, one should consider the high cost of replacements. In the case of a retrofit, consider Forane® 427A – The Easy Retrofit™.  Forane® 427A is the ideal R22 retrofit for air conditioning, heat pumps, and refrigeration applications.