Background - 16 March, 2006
Millions of domestic refrigerators and freezers are manufactured worldwide each year. Until the early 90s, most used ozone depleting chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) in the insulation and as the refrigerant. Now they are made with hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are also environmentally damaging.

Greenfreeze - ozone friendly refrigerator containing no freons or CFCs.

In 1992 Greenpeace initiated the development of the world's first climate and ozone safe refrigerator technology: Greenfreeze.

Greenfreeze uses hydrocarbons as the blowing agent for theinsulation foam and for the refrigerant. Hydrocarbons are completelyozone friendly, and have minimal global warming potential.

Greenfreeze hydrocarbon technology is the most environment friendlytechnology available worldwide for refrigeration. Its benefits areconsiderable, particularly for developing countries.

Greenfreeze is cost effective, technologically mature and commercially accepted.

Hydrocarbon technology is not dependent on patented foaming agentsand refrigerants. The operating costs are lower, and the maintenance iseasier than HCFC and HFC technology.

Greenfreeze technology has revolutionised the domestic refrigerationindustry. It has spread like wildfire throughout Western Europe and toother parts of the world, such as China and Latin America.

The refrigerators are now available in many sizes and in a varietyof models. There are over 100 different Greenfreeze models on themarket. Major European companies, including Bosch/Siemens, Electrolux,Liebherr, Miele, Quelle, Vestfrost, Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Foron, andAEG are marketing Greenfreeze.

Greenpeace believes that hydrocarbon refrigerators offer the bestlong-term solution to climate and ozone damaging technology in therefrigeration industry.

For more information on Greenfreeze, visit our archived website.