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After 15 Year Delay, Green Refrigerator To Arrive in U.S. -- Sort of

By John Uhl

Oct 31, 2008

The laborious SNAP process hasn't been the only obstacle to American adoption of GreenFreeze technology. The 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, which stipulated the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the year 2000, wound up encouraging the use of HFCs and HCFCs, which don't deplete the ozone but still contribute to global warming. Convinced that HFCs were a poor substitute, Greenpeace set about developing the use of a hydrocarbon refrigerant -- GreenFreeze -- and made technology available to anyone.

Great Way to become Environment Friendly

This is a great news, as the technology which is badly required by Environment is again going to be adopted for manufacturing process. Though we have made development in terms of technology but till date we have achieved this by destroying one or another components of nature but now we should concentrate on technologies which can regain all those destruction made to nature.


I am thrilled to hear about

I am thrilled to hear about this, I can only hope this refrigerator is also affordable. I am not much of a technological expert but I am making plans for a "greener" life, so I think this refrigerator would fit nicely into my kitchen. Do you have a list of retailers where I can find this piece of appliance? My only local retailer is a division, is there any chance I can find a similar model there?

there don't exist yet. they

there don't exist yet. they are only being provided to the high end comercial market, read, resturant chains and large scale manufacuerers. Give it a minimum of 5 yrs before joe blow can walk into sears or home depot and take one home.

About Time

interesting article. I'm writing a paper on green appliances. Very helpful post thank you.

Reform the US EPA

GE deserves to be congratulated for at least taking an interest in finally embracing the far more environmentally benign hydrocarbon refrigerants, and should receive every encouragement.

Among the most effective short term measures to reduce synthetic greenhouse gas emissions the Obama Administration could take would be to review the EPA's treatment of all natural refrigerants, ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, remove the current regulatory obstacles, and replace them with internationally recognised standards. Making an investment in natural refrigerants education and training programs and creating incentives for a widespread industry transition to genuinely climate friendly refrigerants are further immediately necessary steps to reduce HCFC and HFC use and emissions.

In Australia, the impending inclusion of HFCs in the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will see an exponential increase in their cost, and even before the details have been announced (next week), many manufacturers have begun to develop HFC-free equipment, and interest from others is on the rise. I'm sure several of these would be very happy to supply the US market as soon as current regulatory obstacles are dispensed with.

For those with a particular interest in all the reasons fridge manufacturers should have been required to use hydrocarbons years ago, this European report may be of interest -

Of course a far more important source of HFC emissions is the motor vehicle air conditioning sector, in which a fierce debate over the next generation climate friendly refrigerant is currently taking place between CO2 proponents and the fluorolobby's favored HFC-1234yf, but this is probably a topic for a separate post...

I just wonder why anyone would want to use a low Global Warming Potential (GWP) HFC which appears to be expensive, toxic and flammable, when cheap, well performing yet flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants have been established as a safe and suitable solution to the HFC problem through substantial use in existing systems in the US (even if without regulatory approval), Australia, Japan, and many other countries throughout South East Asia, South America and the Middle East?

Brent Hoare

Green Freezer

Just wanted to let GE know I'm a customer if they build this unit I'll buy it. It could be your hybrid vehicle. Hey How about building them in the US. Better yet build them in Louisiana where the state has solar and wind tax incentives. (GE you do build wind turbins right?) and there's lot's of low cost labor and no unions. You could build the plant right on the Mississippi river so shipping would be cheap too.

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