Honeywell Survey Reveals Dangers of Counterfeit Refrigerants; Worry 71% of U.A.E. Residents
February 03, 2015
A survey released by Honeywell found a majority of residents of the United Arab Emirates are concerned about potentially dangerous counterfeit refrigerants, which are increasingly found in the Middle East.
Counterfeit refrigerants are a dangerous, persistent problem around the world. After several containers carrying counterfeit refrigerants exploded in 2012, the United Nations Environment Programme said that counterfeit refrigerants “appear to be a global issue of concern and a wider range of stakeholders are possibly at risk.”
Honeywell, who conducted the survey as part of its ongoing campaign to fight counterfeiting, found that more than half of respondents believe there are counterfeit refrigerants fraudulently labeled as brand-name, authentic refrigerants sold in the U.A.E., and more than eight of 10 respondents said they would prefer brand-name refrigerants to limit the risks posed by counterfeits, which can often be flammable, toxic and damaging to air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Incidents around the world point to a significant danger from counterfeit refrigerants. In 2011, three refrigerated containers containing a counterfeit refrigerant exploded, killing three people. In 2012, an air conditioning unit in Brazil exploded due to a counterfeit refrigerant. Similar incidents in Greece, Germany, and Australia have also been reported.
Honeywell has fought the use of counterfeits for more than 10 years, helping local governments identify and seize counterfeit products all over the world. During the last two years, local governments working with Honeywell have seized more than 200,000 counterfeit products.
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