A Case Study in Costa Rica: The Impacts of RefrigerantsPublic
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Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have a global warming potential thousands of times that of - CO2 and are ozone-depleting substances. This report evaluates Costa Rica’s HCFC phase-out with a focus on the refrigerant sector. We assessed the progress of the private sector in making technological changes, as well as the regulatory measures that the public sector imposes to ensure a smooth transition to low or non-global warming potential refrigerants. We determined that an end-of-life refrigerant management plan must be implemented. This plan includes the development of a nationwide refrigerator recycling program, progression in a developing destruction operation, implementation of reclamation technology in the private sector, and a transition to natural refrigerant use.
- This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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