HFCs cling on in fridge market

All domestic fridges and freezers sold by major white goods retailer Iceland, and more than 90% of those sold by Currys and Comet, now contain hydrocarbon refrigerants instead of HFCs, which are powerful greenhouse gases.

In 1999, Iceland became the first retailer to phase-out appliances containing HFCs from its range as part of its policy to eliminate the gases throughout its business. Appliance manufactures were initially lukewarm about switching to hydrocarbons (ENDS Report 285, pp 32-33 ).

Currys and Comet have followed suit, although both still sell some units containing HFCs. Comet has confirmed that 95% of cold appliances it sells use hydrocarbons, while 90% of Currys' stock uses hydrocarbons.