Low GWP Refrigerants Market Size & Share, by Type (Fluorocarbons, Hydrocarbons); Application (Commercial, Domestic, Industrial Refrigeration) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 4167
  • Published Date: Jul 27, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2035

Low GWP Refrigerants Market size is poised to reach USD 86 Billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of low GWP refrigerants was USD 22 Billion. The reason behind the growth is impelled by the rising demand for air conditioners for homes and workplaces. The change in climate during summer increases the temperature of the climate and to reduce this heat people buy air conditioners, and cooling fans as air conditioners reduce the heat inside the room by circulating cool air. Even companies buy air conditioners to maintain the temperature of the rooms and the systems i.e. computers and CPUs.

According to statistics, there are more than 1 billion heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units worldwide, and this number will increase by over 5 million by 2030.

The rising concern about global warming is believed to fuel the market growth. Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) are two substances with high GWPs that can trap heat in the lower temperature resulting in climate change and global warming. As a result, there has been a shift in consumer preference for appliances with low GWP refrigerants such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons, and HFOs as they are more environmentally friendly and have lower global warming potential. For instance, wealthy countries have produced the majority of the world's HFC emissions, which are anticipated to increase threefold by 2030.

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Low GWP Refrigerants Market: Key Insights

Base Year


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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 22 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 86 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Low GWP Refrigerants Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Higher Utilization in the A/C System of Vehicles– Luxury cars are highly in demand Y-O-Y in the modern world and the air conditioning system is becoming mandatory in cars to regulate the temperature, humidity, and airflow.

A refrigerant used in vehicles' air conditioning systems makes a significant contribution to the greenhouse effect and to reduce this effect low-GWP refrigerants such as HFO-1234yf are used in the air conditioning systems which could greatly lessen the total equivalent warming impact.

According to data, over 70% of hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) released globally come from the motor vehicle air conditioning, AC, and refrigeration industries.

  • Developing Cold Chain Logistics System- The cold chain depends on refrigerants, and the adoption of low-carbon refrigeration technology is expected to be the main factor in creating a greener cold chain sector by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


  • Harmful Effects of Low GWP Refrigerants– Low GWP refrigerants are estimated to cause harmful effects on the environment therefore, people are choosing refrigerants with less toxicity, high performance, battery efficiency, low volumetric capacity, and ecofriendly product. This, as a result, is anticipated to hinder the growth of the market.

  • Lack of Awareness about the Benefits of Low GWP Refrigerants
  • Complex Transformation Procedure from High to Low GWP Refrigerants

Low GWP Refrigerants Segmentation

Type (Fluorocarbons, Hydrocarbons)

The hydrocarbons segment in the low GWP refrigerants market is estimated to gain a robust revenue share of about 70% in the coming years owing to the growing demand from the industrial sector. Hydrocarbons such as propane and isobutane are affordable, simple to acquire, and are frequently utilized as refrigerants in the industrial sector. 

These refrigerants can be used for cooling industrial spaces since they provide efficient cooling performance and reduce the carbon footprint of the cooling systems. In addition, owing to their high-efficiency performance they have applications in chemical manufacturing and pharmaceutical processing.

Application (Commercial, Domestic, Industrial Refrigeration)

The commercial refrigeration segment in the low GWP refrigerants market is set to garner a notable share shortly owing to the increasing production of cold storage food items across the world. The commercial usage of refrigerators includes usage for storage of food, dairy products, juices, and frozen food, among others is necessary for preserving and distributing food while maintaining food nutrients. In many retail food refrigeration applications, refrigerants provide the best combination of efficiency, environmental friendliness, and safety, also help in maintaining near-zero downtime of the store applications, and reduce food losses by maintaining the precise temperature.

Moreover, international food companies encourage the use of propane refrigerant systems, and commercial refrigerators use the more recent hydrocarbon refrigerant R290 since it is becoming a favored refrigerant. For instance, switching to low GWP alternatives can significantly slow the rate of global warming as huge refrigeration systems can retain thousands of pounds of HFCs and frequently leak at a rate of over 18% per year. According to estimates, in 2022, frozen food sales in the United States reached over USD 70 billion.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Fluorocarbons
  • Hydrocarbons


  • Commercial
  • Domestic
  • Industrial Refrigeration

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Low GWP Refrigerants Industry- Regional Synopsis

European Market Forecast

The low GWP refrigerants market in Europe is predicted to account for the largest share of about 37% by the end of 2035 impelled by the growing government initiatives to eliminate the utilization of HFC refrigerant. The European Parliament has set regulations such as fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gas) Regulation to prohibit the use of refrigerants with a global warming potential of more than 2500.

Under this regulation users of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment are subject to legal obligations and to primarily focus on preventing system leaks to reduce emissions. Further, the F-Gas regulation in Europe promotes the adoption of low GWP refrigerants and aims to reduce the EU's F-gas emissions by two-thirds in 2030.

Besides this, The EU's "Green Deal" is a European Commission's strategy to promote a circular economy, to make the EU carbon-neutral by 2050.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific low GWP refrigerants market is estimated to be the second largest, during the forecast timeframe led by its international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. India joined the Kigali Agreement, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), dangerous greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, and the country is expected to reduce its usage of HFCs by more than 80% by 2047.

In addition, in 2022 the Kigali Amendment (KA) to the Montreal Protocol has been ratified by Singapore, making it the 134th nation to reduce its HFC consumption by 80% over the following 20 years.

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Companies Dominating the Low GWP Refrigerants Landscape

    • Linde Plc
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Airgas, Inc.
    • Sinochem Holdings Corporation Ltd.
    • Tazetti S.p.A
    • Arkema S.A.
    • The Chemours Company
    • A-Gas International Limited
    • Shandong Yuan Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
    • Harp International Ltd.
    • Honeywell International Inc.


In The News

  • Honeywell International Inc. launched New Low-Global-Warming-Potential Refrigerant Solstice N71 (R-471A) a refrigerant for commercial and industrial refrigeration to provide a quick lifeline to supermarkets, and to become carbon neutral while accelerating efforts to address climate change.
  • Linde Plc to announce a significant event of a long-term agreement for the supply of industrial gases with Mims, which is constantly working for the expansion of production capacity by 50%.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4167
  • Published Date: Jul 27, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rising demand for air conditioners for homes and rising concern about global warming are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of low GWP refrigerants is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 12% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035.

The major players in the market are Airgas, Inc., Sinochem Holdings Corporation Ltd., Tazetti S.p.A, Arkema S.A., The Chemours Company, A-Gas International Limited, Shandong Yuan Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Harp International Ltd., Honeywell International Inc.

The hydrocarbons segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Europe region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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