Three ice rinks in China will utilize lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants as they prepare to host hockey and curling games at the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Chemours Co. achieved a memorandum of understanding with the Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre for use of Opteon at the three venues. The sites selected Opteon XP40 (R-449A) refrigerant to provide the demanding low temperatures required for operating the facilities. According to Chemours, Opteon XP40 provides a 65 percent reduction in GWP over the hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants used previously.

This agreement supports the adoption of more sustainable solutions to help reduce the ice rinks’ overall carbon footprint. Chemours has supported the sports community with sustainable refrigerant solutions through its partnership with the National Hockey League since 2018.