Process and control today | ABB welcomes new EU proposal on fluorinated gases to help reduce greenhouse gases

ABB welcomes the European Union’s proposals to update the F-gas regulation, which aims to reduce emissions of potent and harmful greenhouse gases, including sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), two-thirds by 2030 from 2014 levels.

The EU proposal outlines significant new regulations designed to phase out the use of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) – an established but environmentally harmful insulating gas in electrical equipment that is 23,500 times more potent than CO2. This was made possible with the development of SF6 alternatives paving the way for this level of regulation.

As early adopters and innovators of SF6without technology, ABB’s ecoGIS range of switchgear offers a robust alternative to SF6. ABB introduced AirPlus, its pioneering SF6-gasless gas mixing technology in medium voltage switchgear, in 2015, and with an open patent made this technology available to everyone, thus supporting the accelerated elimination of this greenhouse gas.

Thus, ABB was the first company to offer an environmentally friendly alternative gas to its customers and the The ecoGIS portfolio is the most comprehensive in the industry covering the entire range up to 40.5 kV. AirPlus-based low-pressure design for solutions above 12 kV ensures maximum network availability and reliability, while offering a similar footprint and design to SF6 switchgear, allowing for easy replacements or additions.

A key part of ABB’s 2030 sustainability strategy is to develop innovative products and solutions to help customers and suppliers reduce their greenhouse gas and carbon emissions, as well as achieve carbon neutrality in our own operations. Since 2015, ABB has worked with partners and customers to accelerate climate action through SF6 alternatives, now with over 9,000 sustainable SF6-selling and performing free switchgear units globally, and will continue to advance the elimination of all environmentally harmful technologies in favor of a more sustainable world.

Find out more about our ecoGIS range here and our sustainability strategy here.

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