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Refrigerants: More Environmental Impact than Carbon Dioxide

Sandy Smith

The COVID pandemic and ambitious drive to vaccinate the global population made the capacity and integrity of the cold chain as part of supply chain management even more important.

Every day, billions of tons of cargo move around the world by sea, air, rail and road. Much of this cargo is food, beverages and pharmaceuticals that require temperature-controlled transportation to prevent spoilage.

A temperature-controlled supply chain is often called the “cold chain,” a series of refrigerated production, transportation, storage and distribution activities that maintain and monitor a consistent and correct temperature appropriate to the item being transported. For example, fish products must be transported at -18°C, meat and fresh dairy products at + 6 °C while fresh fruit and vegetables need temperatures between 0°C to 16°C depending on the type. Any deviation, however minor, can destabilize the safety of the goods, force an expensive recall and/or result in spoilage and waste. It is estimated that over 1.3 billion tons of food products are wasted every year with a carbon footprint of around 3.3 billion tons of CO2.

The COVID pandemic and ambitious drive to vaccinate the global population made the capacity and integrity of the cold chain even more important. (Read People, Processes, and Tools: How Industrial Scientific and Intelex are Securing the Vaccine Cold Supply Chain.”)

Read our latest blog post from Trevor Bronson, How Does Refrigerant Management Help Save the Environment? and discover why refrigerant management is all about education, awareness and proper handling of chemical refrigerants throughout their entire lifecycle; from production, transport and storage to the proper methods of reuse, recycling and disposal at end-of-life. About 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerants come from leakage after disposal. And as global climate change accelerates and average temperatures increase around the world, more companies will require more HVAC and refrigerated transport to protect their supply chain.

July 13, 2021 @ 12:13 PM EDT Food and Beverage, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing Environment, Operations, Quality, Risk Management, Supply Chain

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